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Specifications for photos to be submitted

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Specifications for photos to be submitted

Photos to be submitted for various applications should be as specified below.

Please also refer to the “Acceptable Photo Examples” and “Unacceptable Photo Examples” below to help ensure you submit a photo that meets the specifications.

Dimensions of photo
  1. Dimensions of photo
    4 centimeters high, 3 centimeters wide
  2. Photo of only the applicant
  3. Dimensions of parts excluding the edges satisfy the dimensions shown in the diagram to the left
    (Dimensions of the face are from the top of the head [including the hair] to the tip of the chin.)
  4. Subject is facing forward and not wearing a hat
  5. Nothing in the background (including shadows)
  6. Photo is clear
  7. Photo must be one taken within three months of date of submission
  8. Applicant name must be written on the back of the photo

Acceptable Photo Examples

Satisfies all specifications - subject is easily identified.

  • Acceptable Photo Examples 1
  • Acceptable Photo Examples 2

Unacceptable Photo Examples

Photos that don’t satisfy given measurements or specifications

  • Off-center
    Off-center
  • Face is angled to the side
    Face is angled to the side
  • Shadow in background
    Shadow in background
  • Body is angled
    Body is angled

Photos in which part of the face is obscured

  • Glasses frame covers eyes
    Glasses frame covers eyes
  • Glasses frame is exceedingly large
    Glasses frame is exceedingly large
  • Lighting is reflected in glasses
    Lighting is reflected in glasses
  • Part of face is covered with a mask
    Part of face is covered with a mask
  • Eyes are obscured by hair
    Eyes are obscured by hair
  • Cloth wrapping creates a shadow on face
    Cloth wrapping creates a shadow on face

    (Note) Head wrappings made of cloth, etc. are acceptable if the face is clearly visible.

Photos in which identification of the individual is difficult

  • Expression differs greatly from normal expression
    Expression differs greatly from normal expression
  • Dark background color makes it difficult to determine outline
    Dark background color makes it difficult to determine outline
  • Not clear due to focus issue or vibration of camera
    Not clear due to focus issue or vibration of camera
  • Shadow on face
    Shadow on face