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Freshmen/Transfer ID Cards

ID Card Photo Instructions for Freshmen, Freshmen Connection, and Transfer Students

As a University of Maryland student, you are entitled to a student ID card. Your ID card serves as a general form of identification for the purpose of accessing University programs and services.

You must submit your photo and signature online no less than 10 days prior to your in-person orientation.

ID cards will be distributed during orientation and you will be required to show a government issued photo ID (state ID, driver's license, passport, etc.) to receive your ID card.


You must submit a color, passport-style photo showing a full-front view of your head and shoulders with a red background.

Use the Upload Photo and Signature tool to take your photo using the camera on your device or upload a photo of your choosing.

Your photo must meet the following requirements to be acceptable for use:

  • Your photo must be in color with a solid red background. 
    You can stand in front of a red backdrop (sheet, red wall, etc.) or use an app or website to change the background color of your photo. We recommend (use hex color #E21833).
  • The background should be plain red with no patterns, objects, textures, other people, etc. (no paneled doors, trees, bricks, car interiors, wood, etc).
  • Have someone else take your photo. No selfies!
  • Use a clear image of your face. Do not apply any filters.
  • Face the camera directly with your full face in view (no sideways-facing shots or side profiles).
  • Your photo must show your head and shoulders at least.
  • You may not wear hats or head coverings, except for religious or medical purposes.
  • Your picture file should be in one of the following formats: JPG, PNG, GIF, TIF.
ID correct
Face forward, no headcovering
Face forward, no headcovering
ID incorrect
No side facing photos
No side facing photos
No hat or other headcoverings
No hat or other headcoverings
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