Tips for Online Photo Submission

Photo Submission Requirements

We'll need a recent color photo with a plain, neutral background (white, off-white, cream, beige, light gray).

Your photo should display your head, including face and hair, from the crown of the head to  the tip of the chin and from hairline side-to-side, similar to a driver’s license or passport. Senior/high school graduation photos are not acceptable.

Head coverings are acceptable due to religious beliefs, provided the head covering shows a  full front view of the face, does not cast a shadow onto the face, and shows an overall  pattern in the fabric or material (not a graphic design). Adequate documentation for the  person wearing a traditional facemask or veil is required.

Prescription glasses may be worn for the photo; however, there should be no reflections  from the eyeglasses that obscure the eyes. Dark or nonprescription glasses with tinted  lenses are not acceptable unless needed for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be  required.

The critical requirement for your Tiger1 Card is that the photo clearly identifies the cardholder.

Tips for submitting an acceptable photo: 


  • Current color photo in focus, without any added effects
  • Neutral color and smooth background
  • Centered and front view of full face
  • Cropped from just above the top of the head to the collarbone
  • Proper lighting
  • Eyes open and visible, looking at the camera
  • Wear prescription glasses if you usually do so
  • Photo in [jpg format size between 300KB to 2MB]


  • Wear hats, sunglasses, or other items that obscure the face
  • Glare on glasses; closed eyes
  • Eyes looking down or to either side.
  • Shadows on the face
  • Other visible people, pets, or objects in the photo
  • Inappropriate expressions
  • Group Photos
  • Blurry Photos
  • Black and White photos
  • Photos with your hand resting on your face
  • Crop off the top of your head or side angle your face
  • Photos taken more than six months ago

Note: Taking a photo with most smartphones/devices work well.

The card office cannot accept a photo that does not meet the requirements. Here are a few examples. 


Approved Tiger1Card Photo Samples


Denied Tiger1Card Photo Samples

If you have any questions, contact us at or 318.274.2081.

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