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Upload your Cal 1 Card photo

Carefully follow these instructions for uploading a compliant Cal 1 Card photo. The photo must be submitted well in advance of your on-campus visit to obtain the Cal 1 Card and prior to any deadlines that may apply to your specific cohort.

Step 1

Carefully review the online submission guidelines (PDF) shown below. Once submitted, your photo will be reviewed for adherence to the guidelines. Additionally, do not use filters or use other tools to enhance / alter your natural appearance. If the photo is deemed unacceptable, it will be rejected and you will have to resubmit another one. If you are unable to upload a compliant photo online, please send an email with all of the pertinent details to

Proper Photo

proper Cal 1 Card photo

Your Cal 1 Card color photo should be submitted at 1.5 x 2 inches (600 x 800 pixels), and the resolution should be 500KB. You should be looking directly at the camera. Your head should measure 1 inch to 1 3/8 inches (25 mm to 35mm) in the photo. Your eyes should be 1 1/8 inches to 1 3/8 inches (28 mm to 35 mm) from the bottom of your photo.


Improper Photos

Improper photo example 1

Your head must not be too large or too small in the photo.

Improper photo example 2

Your head must not be tilted to one side or shown in profile.

Improper photo example 3

Your expression should be neutral; no comical faces or broad smiles. Avoid hand gestures.

Improper photo example 4

Your eyes must be visible; no sunglasses or the presence of glare on your eyeglasses.

Improper photo example 5

Your head must not be covered unless you wear head covering daily for religious purposes.

Improper photo example 6

Your photo must be of just you with no one else.

Improper photo example 7

The background must be plain, white or off white, with no cast shadows.

Improper photo example 8

Your photo should not be too light or too dark; no shadows across your face.

Improper photo example 9

Your photo should be full, natural color; not overly green, red, or blue.

Improper photo example 10

Your photo should be of the highest quality; not pixelated, grainy, or fuzzy.


Step 2

Go to online photo submission portal

Step 3

In the left pane, click on Submit ID Photo.

Step 4

Upload a photo that adheres to the aforementioned guidelines.

Step 5

Update your notification preferences with a personal email address so that you may receive an update on the approval / rejection status of the uploaded photo. If you are unable to update your email notification preferences or find that you did not receive an approval / rejection status update, you may periodically check the status of your submitted photo by going back to online photo submission portal.

Online Photo Submission Portal