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Photo Submission

Students and employees visiting the ID Center for an ID card December 1 - February 17 MUST HAVE FIRST SUBMITTED AN APPROVED PHOTO ONLINE.

New students moving into BYU Housing for winter semester must submit an approved photo by December 10. You can pick up your card at the ID Center until 12pm Dec 21. After that we'll send it to your housing area and you'll get your card when you move in. So submit before Dec 10 and avoid waiting in line outside the ID Center in January!

Before or after required submission dates, please still submit a photo online. This gives you control over your photo!

If you will not be attending classes on campus this term or semester, please wait to submit a photo until 1 month before you will be coming to campus.

• BYU must have your email address when you submit a photo.
To add an email address, log in to MyBYU, select Update Personal Info, then Contact.
• If you are unable to submit a photo, please call the ID Center, 801-422-5092.
New employees will not be able to submit until 1 day after the hire is fully processed.
• If your photo is rejected, please review requirements and resubmit.

STEP 1: Take a new photo of yourself


of your government photo ID or expiring BYU ID.

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Photo Requirements:

Meet all BYU Dress and Grooming standards.

• Take a NEW SELFIE of your head and full shoulders for your BYU ID card. Do NOT use a photo you already have.
• We strongly suggest you take a 2-handed landscape/horizontal/wide selfie to ensure it meets the next requirement...

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• The photo will be cropped to a square - there must be space above your head with both full shoulders shown when cropped.

• DO NOT USE ANY OLDER PHOTO! NO headshots, senior, graduation, mission call, passport, or other photos not taken specifically for your BYU ID card. NO photos of a photo. Please take a NEW selfie for your BYU ID card!

• Do not edit the photo. The background will be removed when you load the photo. Use a high contrast background to make background removal sharper. For example, if you have dark hair, find a spot with a light color background and vice versa.

• Find a well-lit space facing full, bright all-around light; do not have light behind you. There should be no shadows anywhere on your face. Use a ring light if you have one.

Try different camera settings, exposures or filters to compensate for indoor lighting. Avoid warm filters and lighting as these tend towards orange, yellow, or pink. Make sure you look like you.

• Stand or sit with your whole body, including your head, directly facing the camera and look straight at the camera. This is an ID photo of your head and shoulders only. Again, no headshots, senior photos, profile photos, etc.

• Use a natural smile or neutral expression with your eyes open. Look at the camera lens.

• Wear glasses if needed but no sunglasses, headphones, earbuds, or other distracting items.

• Head coverings are acceptable for religious or medical reasons only.

We need a photo of you – how you look on an average day, today. If your photo doesn’t look like you when you come to pick up your ID card, you’ll have to submit again and there may be a $10 fee.

NEW Students and Employees

must also submit a color photo of your government issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, visa). Make sure it shows your picture and name in English. Once we accept your ID photo, the image of your government ID will automatically delete from the system.

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Examples of common government photo ID. We need to see the photo and your name in English.

CURRENT AND RETURNING Students and Employees

renewing an expired or soon to expire BYU ID card should submit a color photo of the expiring ID card instead of gov. ID. You will need to turn in the ID card when you pick up your new card. Please renew no more than 1 month before your card expires.
If your card is lost, please submit a screenshot of your Y app digital ID card. Lost card replacements cost $10.
A new photo of you for the new ID card is required.

STEP 2: Submit your photos at (click here!)

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STEP 3: Get your ID card

Photos are usually approved or rejected within a few hours during office hours. After-hours and near the start of a semester it will take longer.

The "approved email" will be sent to your personal email account listed with BYU. Please make sure that you make all emails from safe so the email doesn't go to your junk folder.

Once you receive the "approved" email, please wait 15 minutes and then visit the ID Center to have your ID card printed. No appointment needed. If you cannot visit right away, visit any day down the road at your convenience (

BYU ID cards can also be picked up at the Salt Lake Center library 2 weeks before the start of the term or semester. See the SLC website for hours,

New students moving into BYU Housing for winter semester can pick up an card at the ID Center until 12pm Dec 21. After that we'll send the ID card to your housing area and you'll get your card when you move in to BYU Housing.

BYU ID cards are "valid for campus use only" and must be picked up by the cardholder only.
You must pick up your ID card to use Cougar Cash or meal plans, ride UTA, takes tests, or open campus doors.
Lost card replacements cost $10 even if the card is expired.

Pickup Requirements:

You must meet ALL Dress and Grooming standards to get your ID card, even if the photo was already approved. If you represent as a BYU student with a BYU ID card, you need to REPRESENT.
Please bring government ID when you visit the ID Center.
If you do not meet these requirements you will be asked to come back when you do.