Submitting an ID Photo

Who can submit a photo online for their CrimsonCard?

IU faculty, staff, and students who have never had an IU ID, including a CrimsonCard or legacy ID card (CampusAccess, Jagtag, Wolftag, etc.) can submit a photo online. Students who have been accepted to IU can also submit a photo before attending orientation.

Employees and students who already have a CrimsonCard, or other IU ID, must visit a CrimsonCard office to take a new photo when receiving a card.

Photo requirements

Photo submissions must meet the following criteria to be accepted for official use on your CrimsonCard:

  • Color photos only
  • Must be current (taken within the last 6 months)
  • Background must be solid, smooth, and white, light-colored, or gray
  • Must be framed passport-style: forward-facing, head and top of the shoulders in frame
  • Natural or neutral expression/smile
  • Face must be centered with eyes and features clearly visible.
  • No hats, caps, sunglasses, headphones, scarves, etc. (Religious head coverings are permitted)
  • Photo must be.jpg (or .jpeg) file format
  • Photo must include only the person on the ID. No pets, friends, props, etc.
  • Do not use any filters to alter the photo

Acceptable photos

Common mistakes

Online photo submissions are denied most often for the following reasons:

  • Photo quality is too low or filed in the wrong format
  • Eyes are closed or face is obscured by hat, sunglasses, etc.
  • Background is not solid white or light in color
  • Exposure—photo is too dark or bright
  • Proximity—photo was taken too far away, or too close
  • A filter or digital effect was applied

Unacceptable photos