Do I need to submit a photo of myself? What are the specifications?

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Yes, at the time of registration, you must upload a photo of yourself. This photo must fit the following requirements:

  • Photos must be in a .jpeg file.
  • The photo file cannot be larger than 1 MB.
  • The photo must be an original. It cannot be a photo/scan of your identification.

Additional Photo Requirements:

  • Photo must be taken within the last 6 months.
  • Photo must be taken against a white or off-white background.
  • Photo must show a neutral facial expression (no smiling, mouth closed, looking straight at the camera).
  • Photo must show a full front view of the face and top of the shoulders squared to the camera. Face and shoulders must be centered.
  • Photo must be in focus
  • Full head must be shown without any head covering, unless it is worn for religious beliefs or medical reasons.
  • Eyes must be open and clearly visible.
  • Prescription eyeglasses may be worn as long as the eyes are clearly visible, with no reflection or glare on the eyeglasses.
  • Long hair should be tucked behind ears and shoulders.
  • Photos must be in color.

Unacceptable Photos:

  • Photos on coloured backgrounds
  • Photos that are part of a group shot or cut out of a group shot
  • Blurry photos or photos containing shadows
  • Photoshopped or filtered photos
  • Black and white photos
  • Use of hats, sunglasses, tinted glasses, or other accessory items that may impede identifying the individual, unless worn for religious beliefs or medical reasons