UK Provisional Driving Licence Photo
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Passport photo-taking tips
Follow these guidelines to create the perfect passport picture.
Consider the distance
Keep your front-facing camera 16–20 inch (40–50 cm) away from the face. For rear cameras, keep a 4–6 foot (1–2 meter) distance.
Keep your head and body straight
Look directly into the camera and avoid tilting your body. Remember, portrait mode is unacceptable for passport photos.
Prepare good lighting
Take your passport photos in a daylight setting, like near a window on a sunny day. Shadows on your face or in the background are not permitted.
Photo for the UK provisional driving licence
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Photo for the UK provisional driving licence
The UK provisional driving licence allows for the usage of UK roads (excluding motorways) when supervised by a driving instructor, or another driver over the age of 21, who has to have held a full driving licence for at least 3 (three) years.
UK provisional driving licence photo - requirements
In order to submit a correct application for a UK provisional driving licence you will need a UK passport biometric photo. We recommend the use of the PhotoAiD website or app to get your photo ready in a mere 3 seconds.
The basic requirements regarding the provisional driving licence photo are as follows:
- Only a colour picture is acceptable.
- The background should be grey or cream (not white or any other colour).
- You must face the camera.
- Your full head (not obscured by sunglasses or head coverings) must be visible in the picture.
It is also mandatory that your photo is signed by someone who has known you for more than 2 (two) years (however, they must not be a relative or living at the same address as you). Appropriate individuals are: local business people or shopkeepers, librarians, professionally qualified people, e.g. lawyers, teachers, or engineers, police officers, bank or building society staff, civil servants, ministers of religion, magistrates, local councillors, Members of Parliament, Assembly Members, Members of the Scottish Parliament, or Members of the European Parliament.
Size of the UK provisional driving licence photo
A photo used in the UK provisional driving licence application should be 35 x 45 mm or at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels high (ideally 900 pixels wide and 1200 pixels high) if you submit it online. The permitted size of a photo file is between 50 KB and 10 MB.
The background of a picture for the UK provisional driving licence should be either light gray or cream, and plain. It is important that the contrast between the background and the person in the picture is clear. Check that there aren’t any objects visible in the background.
Make sure there is enough light and that your face is lit evenly so as to properly show your facial features.
Keep your head straight (not tilted in any direction) and your upper body facing the camera. Look directly into the lens. A provisional driving licence photo has to be taken with a front-facing view as no half-profile pictures will be accepted.
Remember to keep your eyes open, so the colour of the iris is recognisable and don't let your bangs cover your eyes or eyebrows. Refrain from using a flash lamp, as you risk getting a ‘red eye’ effect.
Your facial expression should be neutral and your mouth shut. This means no smiling, showing teeth, frowning or grimacing.
Sunglasses or tinted glasses are forbidden, but you can wear your prescription glasses if they do not reflect the light. Make sure the frames of your glasses do not obstruct your eyes.
No special guidelines for hairstyles specifically exist. You can either tie your hair or leave it loose, only making sure it does not cover any part of your face, including your forehead and eyebrows, but there is no need to uncover your ears (those can be covered).
No head coverings such as hats, headbands or caps are allowed, but religious head coverings are an exception. In order to keep them in your photo you need to provide a certificate from your religious community. Make sure that religious headwear does not cover your face in any way.
UK provisional driving licence photo and PhotoAiD
To make the whole process simpler, when applying for a British provisional driving licence, use PhotoAiD to take photos in 3 seconds.
The tools available on the PhotoAiD site regulate the size of your photo and crop it to the dimensions required by the British authorities. In cases of an unacceptable background, it gets replaced with the proper, uniform one. A photo validator tool checks whether your photo fulfills all the official requirements and is in line with the biometric specifications.
How to take a UK provisional driving licence photo using your phone?
Once you make sure you fulfill all the requirements described above, it is time to follow a few simple steps and take the photo for your UK provisional driving licence by yourself. Here is the process::
- Secure a spot with a plain background, such as a lightly-coloured wall, and good lighting.
- Wear a colour that will not blend in with the background, but nothing extravagant or revealing (your shoulders should be covered). Wearing any kind of uniform is forbidden.
- Download PhotoAiD to your smartphone or use the web version.
- Take your picture according to the rules described above.
- Upload your photo and download it with a 100% guarantee of acceptance.
Photos for the UK provisional driving licence - common mistakes
Follow our guide and read on what NOT TO DO during your photoshoot and to make sure your application is accepted without delay.
Below we have listed what is not allowed when taking a provisional driving licence photo:
- Looking sideways – you should be directly facing the camera.
- Wearing any tinted glasses or sunglasses for reasons other than medical (in which case make sure there isn't any reflection in them).
- Very strong makeup that drastically alters your appearance. The whole concept of taking a biometric photo is using it for identification reasons, so try to look as natural as possible.
- Unnatural facial expression- no smiling or frowning in an official photograph.
- Head coverings - unless for religious reasons that are justified by a certificate from your religious community (make sure they do not cover your forehead, eyebrows or any other part of your face except for the ears).
Finally, take a moment to check whether there are no shadows, stains or creases on your picture.
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