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Photo Submission

Students and employees visiting the ID Center for an ID card August 15-October 15 MUST HAVE FIRST SUBMITTED AN APPROVED PHOTO ONLINE.

New Fall students moving into on-campus housing MUST submit a photo online by August 5 to guarantee your ID card will be ready for housing check-in. If you miss the deadline, you MIGHT still get your ID card at check-in if your photo is approved by August 15. If you don't get your ID card at check-in you'll have to come to the ID Center to get your ID card (photo submission still required).

Before or after required submission dates, please still submit a photo online. If you have not submitted a photo online and there are multiple patrons in the office, we may ask you to come back after submitting, or you may need to wait to have a photo taken until other patrons with any health issues have been assisted.

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 email the ID Center,
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 photos of yourself


government photo ID or expiring BYU ID.

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Photo Requirements:

Meet all BYU Dress and Grooming standards.

• Take a NEW landscape color, well-focused selfie of your head and shoulders only.

• DO NOT USE ANY OLDER PHOTO! NO headshots, senior, graduation, mission call, passport, profile or other posed non-ID style photos. NO photos of a photo. Please take a NEW selfie of just your head and shoulders!

• 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.

• Stand in 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.

• The photo will be cropped to a square when you submit it - there must be space above your head with your full shoulders shown when cropped to a square. Again, please do NOT submit a full body photo even though it will be cropped.

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, candid 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, 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.

Returning Students and Employees

renewing an expired or soon to expire BYU ID card must 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.
If your card is lost, please submit a screenshot of your Y app digital ID card. Lost card replacements cost $10.
Yes, 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 days. Near the start of a term or 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 Fall students moving into campus housing who submitted an approved photo before August 5 can pick up their ID cards at the ID Center until 12pm August 17. After 12pm, ID cards will be taken to on-campus housing and new students will receive their ID cards when they check in to their housing area.

BYU ID cards are "valid for campus use only" and must be picked up by the cardholder only.
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.