Detailed Instructions

Take a photo or click on the “Choose File” button to browse for an existing photo. This will launch a dialog box in your browser and allow you to select the location of your jpeg file. Once you have located the photo file, select it by clicking on the “Open” button in the dialog box.

When you’re ready to begin, go to the Get Started page.

Step One: Take Your Photo
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Remember that this card will act as official identification so your photo must meet the following guidelines:

  • Color photo, white background
  • Front facing, full face in view. Filters commonly used on social media is unacceptable.
  • Neutral expression or natural smile
  • No sunglasses. Eyeglasses should be worn if normally used. No glare on eyeglasses if applicable
  • Cannot wear hat or head covering unless for religious or medical reasons
  • Cannot wear headphones
  • Must submit a new photo for every replacement ID
  • Jpeg, minimum width and height of 800 x 1250 pixels

We reserve the right to refuse any photo that does not meet these guidelines.

Detailed examples can be seen here.

  • Click the “Continue to Step 2” button.
Step Two: Upload Your Photo
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Verify that your name and your University ID are correct and then select a photo to upload. Click “Browse” to search your computer for your photo. Once you have selected the file, press the ‘next’ button to upload your photo.

Step Three: Edit Your Photo
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If you need to, you can use this online tool to crop or resize your photo. After you have finished, you will be able to compare your photo with a sample provided. When you are satisfied with your photo, continue to Step 4. You may also choose to remove the file and start over with a new photo. 

Step Four: Preview Your Photo
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Preview and compare your photo with the sample photo provided. Click on the radio button that answers the following question:

Does your photo format look like the given example?

If you selected yes, continue to the next paragraph that explains your acceptance and understanding of submitting your photo using this online tool:

Click on the box that says “Submit Photo”. This will upload your photo to be reviewed and printed onto your new card.

  • Click the “Continue to Step 5” button.
Step Five: Upload Your Government ID
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Upload a photo of your Government ID – Driver’s license or Passport Identification Page.

Click on the “Choose File” button to browse for your Government ID photo. On mobile devices it will start your camera or open the file explorer app. If you’re using a computer, this will launch a dialog box in your browser. You can snap a picture with your mobile device or select the location of your file. Once you have selected the photo’s file location, select it by clicking on the “Open” button in the dialog box.

  • Click the “Continue to Step 6” button to upload your photo to the system.
Step Six: Edit Your Government ID
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If needed, you can use this online tool to rotate, crop or resize your photo. After you are finished you will be able to compare your photo with a sample on Step 4. Please edit your photo now, remove the file and start over, or if you are satisfied, click the "Continue to Step 7" button.

  • Click the “Continue to Step 7” button.
Step Seven: Preview Your Government ID
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Step 7 will display a sample driver’s license ID card and preview of your government ID photo. Compare the sample ID photo with your uploaded ID photo shown. Your government ID photo must show clear, legible information to verify your identity. This information will be deleted from the system once your photo submission is approved.

  • Click on the button that answers the following question

Does your government ID clearly show the information to verify your identity as the given example? Yes or No

  • If you selected yes, continue to the next paragraph that explains your acceptance and understanding of submitting your photo using this on-line tool. You must select the check box by clicking in the box to continue with the photo upload process.

  • Click the button “Continue to Step 8” button.
Step Eight: Finalize
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With a successful upload of your photo and government ID you will be presented with a confirmation message that will contain your tracking number as shown in the example below:

Thank you for submitting your photo to the Card Photo Upload Site. Your photo, government ID and signature have been successfully uploaded to our database. Your confirmation number can be used to track the status of your submission from the “Check Status” page. Your confirmation number is: 001234567.

Once your USFCard has been printed and is available for pickup you will need to bring your government-issued ID to obtain your card in the USFCard Center or during orientation. Distance learning students will receive their USFCard through a separate process.