Garda Age Card Photo

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Garda Age Card Photo - Requirements & Size

Garda Age Card Photo
Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
600 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 34.5 mm
  • Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 3 mm
Is it suitable for online submission?
Is it printable?
Background Color

How to make a photo?

Body-camera distance
Body-camera distance
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face

The Garda Age Card is required for people who live in Ireland and Irish citizens who reached 18 years old to prove its holder reached the legal age of purchasing alcohol. There is no other purpose to it. However, one of the requirements to get it is a photograph. You need to take the right photo to be able to hold the Garda Age Card. 

Read this guide to find out how to take a picture of the Age Card as well as other documents and meet the general requirements according to applying and submitting the application for the Garda Age Card.

Garda Age Card Photo Rules

The process of getting the Irish Age Card consists of submitting a biometric photo in order to be able to check its holder’s identity by facilitating authorities. Below we are describing the dimensions and specifications regarding the photo for your Ireland Age Card.

There are many official rules a photo needs to meet to be suitable for an Irish Age Card. We encourage you to take a look at the list of the following requirements regarding photo size, background, face and facial expression, head, clothing, etc.

Photo size of a Garda Age Card

The Age Card photo dimensions are 35x45mm (3,5cm x 4,5cm) like in a standard European passport photo size. Depending on the dpi resolution in pixels will be for dpi=100 size of the Age Card photo picture 350x450 px, for dpi=300 the dimensions are 1050x1350px.


The background should be white coloured or plain light-coloured. There should be not any visible objects in the background.


The photographed person has to directly face the camera with their full face visible. Both edges of the face shall be clearly visible. Photographs with the red-eye effect are not accepted.

Facial expression

The facial expression should be natural and neutral. Smiles, frowning, raised eyebrows or unusual expressions are considered to be not acceptable.

Head & Ears

The head of the person being photographed should not be tilted up, down or to the side, but centred. Headphones and other items should not be worn. Nothing can obscure the face.


Casual clothing is required. Extravagant outfit or uniforms might cause a photo rejection. Religious clothing, however, is allowed.


The photographs shall show the eyes clearly with no light reflection off the glasses and no tinted lenses. The frames shall not cover any part of the eyes. Sunglasses are not permitted. 

Contrast and editing

Only original photographs are acceptable and in focus. Copied or digitally scanned pictures will not be accepted. They must not be digitally altered or retouched to change the person’s appearance in any way.

Disqualifying mistakes while taking photos to Garda Age Card

Taking photographs to simple documents like the Garda Age Card might also cause some problems such as rejection of your application. Make sure that the photo is the right one! 

To help you understand what is better to NOT do, we prepared a shortlist to help you avoid the most common mistakes: 

  • Looking not directly into the camera
  • Head tilted or a profile view
  • The face is not centred in the picture
  • Smile or grimace at the face
  • Patterns or shadows in the background
  • Face partly covered by hair or headgear
  • Reflection from glasses (consider taking them off for a moment of taking a photo)

What you must not do, there is a list of DON’TS:

  • DON’T change the picture with any computer software
  • DON’T cut out from the bigger picture
  • DON’T expose the photo wrongly (underlit or overlit)
  • DON’T take a blurred photograph
  • DON’T submit damaged or scratched (if printed) pictures
  • DON’T Print a photo on your house printer (ink printer) but go to the place which professionally prints photos for documents

Garda Age Card Photo Tool

Do you want to have your photo ready in just 3 seconds? Use our photo tool which resizes, removes the background and checks whether your photo to Irish Age Card meets all the specified requirements. The application process will seem so much easier for you because you don’t have to leave your house and you can make everything by yourself very quickly! Just use our photo mobile app or website and be proud of your Age Card portrait.

If you need help with your photo for the Garda Age Card use our app or website which will do everything for you while you are sitting on the couch at your home! You have a warranty that the picture for your Age Card will have the acceptance of your government.

Digital biometric photos are a good option for people who don’t want to leave their house at all while taking photos for documents. Just upload a picture with your phone and the Photo AiD app will do the rest!

Garda Age Card Photo Mobile App

It is important to know how to upload a photo to our photo mobile app if you want to use this option and make your Garda Age Card look good! If you use Appstore to get our Photo Tool app on your iPhone or GooglePlay on Android, read on how it works. You can use iOS as well as Android so don’t worry! Try and see how simple and quick it is!

After downloading the app, upload your picture, choose a document, in this case, Garda Age Card. Afterwards, the app resizes your picture to the required specifications. Then, you choose if you want a free option or an upgraded (paid) one. That you can use our background remover to change the background colour or removes and patterns. Furthermore, you let the app edit your photo a little under the official government requirements. In the end, it verifies if your picture meets the standards of a chosen document and if yes, we are sending to you your ready Age Card photograph via email or post - it is your choice!

Don’t consider trying the app or online photo service - it is basically free of charge and your photo can be ready within a few seconds!

Frequently Asked Questions

❓ What do you need for a Garda Age Card?

To apply for Irish Age Card you must be Irish citizen who is over 18 years old and submit documents such as birth certificate, valid passport or an Irish Residence Permit Card, one recent passport-sized photograph as well as other form of identification and a credit/debit card or an Age Card voucher.

❓ Can you smile in age card photo?

The neutral facial expression is only one appreciated and you cannot smile as well as show your teeth, grimaces, wiggle your eyebrows or squint your eyes.

❓ What is a Garda card?

Individuals aged 18 and over can apply for an age card to show that they have reached the legal age for purchasing alcohol. It is a proof of age card and not an identity document. It can be used only for this purpose.

An Irish Age Card application for costs €10 and the same amount is for replacement.

While you meet the requirements regarding Age Cards you can take photo to this document by yourself. The background have to be white or light-coloured and your face directly face the camera, you should have neutral expression and don't wear anything which cover your face, head or ears.

The Age Card photo dimensions are 35x45mm (3,5cm x 4,5cm) like a standard European passport photo. Depending on the dpi resolution in pixels will be for dpi=100 size of the Age Card photo picture 350x450 px, for dpi=300 the dimensions are 1050x1350px.

Editing is not allowed, DON’T change the picture with any computer software, DON'T try remove any scars, spots, tattoos or retouch the photo because it will be rejected.

There is no expiry date on your Age Card so you do not need to renew it. However, you might need replacement in case it was lost or damage. You can apply online for the replacement of your card for 10 euros.

You cannot edit photos to documents but you can use professional photo tools which will edit your picture by meeting the official requirements. The site or app where our Photo Maker is available works like a background remover and change it to the right one.

About the document

Garda Age Card

The Intoxicating Liquor Act 1988 (Age Card) Regulations 2010 provide for a voluntary Age Card scheme. Age Cards can be obtained by individuals aged 18 and over to show that they have reached the legal age for purchasing alcohol.

An Age Card is a sort of proof of age card and not an identity document. The Age Card is solely for the purpose stated above and should not be obtained or used for any other purpose.

The Age Card shows its holder:

  • Name
  • Date of birth 
  • Identifying photograph
  • Relevant security features (such as a metal hologram, embossed symbol, encoded magnetic stripe, etc.)

How to apply for the Garda Age Card?

You can apply and pay for your Age Card online. Within 3 working days of applying you will receive an application form containing your details.

You must take the application form, along with your photograph and proofs of identity to your local Garda Station for authentication within 3 months. The Garda Station will forward your application form and photograph to the printers and you will receive your Age Card within 10 working days.

You can track your application online provided you know your application form number.

Garda Age Card application requirements

The process of application for the Irish Age Card requires submitting some documents. Have a look below to find out what you need to attach while applying.

Required documents:

  • A birth certificate
  • A valid passport or an Irish Residence Permit Card
  • One recent passport-sized photograph
  • One other form of identification
  • A credit/debit card or an Age Card voucher (available from any post office)

Garda Age Card fees

An Irish Age Card costs €10 and the same amount is for replacement.

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