Head size between 29-34mm.
It should be printed to a professional standard.
In colour on plain white photographic paper Not Black and white.
Unaltered by computer software Free from Shadows.
With a neutral expression with the mouth closed (no grinning, frowning or raised eyebrows).
Taken with nothing covering the face
Taken with the eyes open and clearly visible (with no sunglasses or tinted spectacles,and no hair across the eyes).
It should not be a cut down version of a larger picture.
It should be clear and in focus, without any creases or tears.
It must be unmarked on both sides (unless a photo needs to be countersigned).
Unaltered by computer software.
Be a close-up of your full head and upper shoulders.
Contain no other objects or people.
Be in clear contrast to the background.
Must be facing forward and looking straight at the camera.
Not have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons).
Not have any ‘red eye’.
in the case of babies the eyes do not need to be open