Things to note

  • A new photograph must be submitted when applying for a new passport.
  • Your photograph must meet ICA’s requirements (see details below). Failure to meet these requirements can delay your application or result in its rejection.
  • Your photograph must not be altered or enhanced in any way. This includes the modification of facial features and/or the usage of photo editing software.

Q1:        Can I use a photograph taken with my mobile phone for a passport or identity card application?
A1:   We recommend that you download and use mobile apps that are specifically designed to take photographs for passport or identity card applications. These apps usually come with features that will help you take photographs in the required dimensions. Some suggested search-words you can use on the Android Play Store or Apple App Store are ‘Singapore Passport’, ‘Singapore IC’ and ‘Photo’. The photograph will be accepted if it complies with our photo guidelines.
 
*Possible Apps include  “IC Photo Singapore”, “Passport Size Photo Maker” or “Passport Photo ID Maker Studio – ID Photo Editor”.
 
Please note that your photograph must not be altered or enhanced in any way. This includes the modification of facial features and/or the usage of photo editing software.
 
*These apps are based on customers’ feedback, who found them useful. They are not endorsed by ICA in any way.  
   
Q2: Can I take a selfie with my mobile phone for a passport or identity card application?
A2:   We do not recommend selfie as the result is usually not ideal and will cause delay to your application. We recommend that that you ask someone to help you take the photo if you are using your mobile phone camera. Do familiarise with our photo guidelines first.

 


Requirements

  • Taken within the last 3 months
  • Clear and in focus, 35mm wide by 45mm high, without any borders
  • In colour taken against a plain white background without shadows
  • Avoid white headgear and plain white clothing (headgear worn in accordance with religious or racial customs is acceptable but must not hide any facial features)
  • Full face with the upper shoulders visible, facing forward with eyes open
  • Hair must not cover the eyebrows or the eyes
  • Even exposure (must not be taken under direct lighting)
  • Spectacle frames must not cover part of the eyes
  • Spectacle lenses must not reflect or glare.

Additional requirements

  • Image format with .jpg, .jpeg or .png file extension
  • 400 by 514 pixels image size
  • No more than 2 MB file size.

Dos and Don'ts

Have an even exposure (must not be taken under direct lighting)images_photoguidelines_light_exposure
Hair must not cover eyebrow or eyesimages_photoguidelines_hair
Spectacle frame should not cover part of the eyes. Lenses should not have reflections/glareimages_photoguidelines_specs
Full face with upper shoulders seen, facing forward with eyes openimages_photoguidelines_fullface
In colour taken against plain white background without shadowsimages_photoguidelines_background
You should face the camera directlyimages_photoguidelines_facecamera

Last Update: 30 Jan 2019