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Cal 1 Card is an official Berkeley campus identification document serving to access to residence halls, getting meals, and enjoy many benefits. As it is a photo identification document, the picture of yourself is mandatory. If you want to create the correct photo to your Berkeley Cal 1 Card, read the text below and know all the requirements.
Taking and preparing your photograph to the Cal 1 Card, you must remember about:
There are also some demandings about:
But don’t worry! You don’t even need to know how many inches your picture must measure. Of course, you can read about it in our article, but once you upload your photo to our Smart Photo Maker Online, you will get your photo properly resized, cropped, saved in a correct format. Moreover, the app will instantly remove the wrong background and replace it with the required one!
The required size of a Cal 1 Card photo must be strictly followed. This is not only about the size of the photograph but also the size of the image of the face. The rules are:
If you do not want to resize and crop your picture on your own, just use the resizing and cropping photo application. With it, you will prepare a perfectly resized and cropped Berkeley Cal 1 Card picture in a moment.
Are you thinking now: OMG, where to take a Berkeley Cal 1 Card photo near me?
Good news! You do not need to go anywhere, track down photo booths or set an appointment in a photography studio. Don’t waste your time and money! There is a convenient solution: a Cal 1 Card photo maker! You will only need:
The picture for a Cal 1 Card must be a close-up of your face situated centrally and not tilted in any direction. A student must look straight ahead at the camera. Side angle photos, pictures showing a profile or semi-profile are unacceptable, only en-face shots will be accepted.
You must not smile in your Berkeley Cal 1 Card photo - keep a neutral facial expression with closed mounts and open eyes. Avoid comical faces and frowning, do not touch your face by hands, don’t close your eyes. Pictures with non-neutral facial expressions will be rejected.
The background in the Berkeley Cal 1 Card picture must be white or cream (off-white). No objects such as pictures, door panels, or plants should be visible in your passport photo, neither other persons. Background must be plain, clear, free of shadows or patterns.
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There are some demands about resolution of a digital image for the Berkeley Cal 1 Card. It must be at least 500 dpi
Moreover, the photo must be:
If you wear prescription glasses or just wear them for style, you may keep them in the Berkeley Cal 1 Card photo. However, their glasses must be transparent - sunglasses or any other tinted glasses are never allowed.
When it comes to fashion head covering like hats, caps, bands, etc. - they are not allowed as they can obscure your face. The only exemptions are items such as a hijab, headscarf, yarmulke, or other head covering is a part of your religious attire. You are not obliged to prove your religious belongingness, but make sure that your full facial features are visible.
Good news! There is not such a thing as a dress code for the Berkeley Cal 1 Card photo! You may wear what you like and choose an outfit that you feel attractive in.
However, we recommend you not to wear any white clothes. It is allowed but will not look good. And tank tops - don’t wear any if you don’t want to look naked.
The general rules for photos dedicated to any kind of document is no graphic programs, no filters, no retouching at all. But it does not mean that you must expose all imperfections you would prefer to hide. Putting on some makeup is allowed. Especially face powder is recommended - it helps the skin to stop shining and covers imperfections. Why not to look attractive in your Berkeley Cal 1 Card photo?
Last update: 10/6/22
If you are a student of Berkeley University of California, the Cal 1 Card will be your photo identification card. Holding this card is mandatory.
Your Berkeley Cal 1 Card is not only an official campus ID, this is a “key” to open many doors during the student’s day. You will use your Cal 1 Card to sign in at the residence halls, take for free AC transit buses, or vote in ASUC elections. It authorizes you to enter Cal Dining locations and access your meal plans. You will need it if you want to practice sport at UC Berkeley sports events, programs, facilities and services.
Moreover, you can enter free of charge to the Berkeley Art Museum and have access to many other benefits.
Are worried that you will need to carry cash or credit cards to purchase at campus merchant locations? Not with your Cal 1 Card! You can just swipe your Cal 1 Card and… it’s done! You can enjoy easy and quick transactions at over 40 campus commercial locations. Additionally, you will have access to your transaction history, balance and make deposits to your Cal 1 Card debit account via the Internet. It doesn’t cost you anything! And all this is for free!
Getting the Cal 1 Card is very easy for UC Berkeley students. You need to attach your picture meeting all the requirements and follow the instructions about logging into your Cal 1 Card account on the official UC Berkeley site. Once you select “Upload Photo” (at the bottom of the page), upload the file with the correct picture of yourself.
Then you have to make an appointment. This meeting is necessary as you have to show your government-issued identification document. It might be:
The last step is a visit in the Cal 1 Card office in person. From the moment of obtaining your card, you are free to use it and enjoy all benefits it provides!