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Body-camera distance

The distance between the face and the camera should be about 40 cm. Ideally the photo should be taken by the other person.


Posture: Straight ahead

Place your face in front of the lens. Hold the camera at eye level and keep neutral face expression.



Stand facing the light source, for example an exposed window. The background will be cut out, don't worry about it.

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Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
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More about Oyster Card Photo - Requirements

Oyster cards are the most popular travel tickets in London and the best known by everyone who lives there. Having an Oyster card is cheaper than buying a single ticket and more beneficial especially if you travel to work and from work every day.

Some of the Oyster cards require a photograph. Read on to find out how to get an oyster card and how to take a photo for an Oyster card, which requirements and dimensions you have to meet.

Guidelines for Oyster Card Photo

Let’s start with the photo requirements for the Oyster card. Is it necessary to have a photograph on the most popular London travel ticket? Check below, when it is required:

  • For a 7 Day Travelcard or longer (adult or child) bought from a railway station ticket office (not Underground) you need to bring along a passport size photo for a rail photocard to be made upon the spot and free of charge.
  • 7 Day Child Travelcard or longer bought from anywhere but a railway station or with TfL online shop requires an Oyster ID Card. Adults do not. See the child concession table at the foot of this page for which Oyster ID Card (if any) and fees.
  • No photo ID is required when you buy an Oyster card, except where children are concerned. You may well need an Oyster Photo ID card of one kind or another to access child rates.
  • No photo ID is required when you buy adult Travelcards from anywhere but railway stations.

For any Oyster Photocards, like 5-10, 11-15 Zip, 16+ Zip, 18+ Student, Apprentice or 60+ London you need one photograph in colour and in the right size.

Oyster card photo dimensions

If it is already known, when the photo might be necessary for an Oyster card, is good to know the photo specifications:

  • The photo must be in colour jpg, BMP, gif or png of less than 6 MB in size
  • The photo must be present true likeness of applicant
  • Hats and head coverings are not allowed unless wore for medical or religious reasons

Oyster card requirements for children 

As was previously mentioned, depending on the Oyster type, some children might need an Oyster photocard which requires a picture. It is good to know how to take a photo for an Oyster Card at home:

  • Only the child can appear in the photo
  • Make sure their eyes are open
  • The face should be visible, no hairs should no cover the face
  • Remember that the background should be white without any patterns or shadows 
  • You must remove any object from the shot, such as headwear, pacifiers, toys, etc.

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The first step is to take a photo, upload it and then choose a document such as an Oyster card. It will automatically resize your photo to the required dimensions and then edit it a little with a background remover to make it look professional. 

The whole process takes less than a minute so don’t hesitate, just try!

Last update: 05/06/2023

About the document

Oyster Card

An Oyster card is a payment method for public transport in London and some certain areas around it. A standard Oyster card is blue and in the size of a credit card to use contactless, stores values.

It can be used on travel modes across London including Underground, Overground, Buses, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), Tramlink, some riverboat services, and most National Rail services within the London fare zones. 

The Oyster card is promoted by Transport for London (TfL).

How to get an Oyster card?

An Oyster can be purchased on-demand from Underground stations, Visitor Centres and literally hundreds of retail outlets, such as newsagents and convenience stores inside London.

The other way is to apply online (on the TfL online shop) and have it delivered to your house wherever you live in the world.

Oyster Card prices

For standard Oyster cards purchased in London, you pay a £5 deposit which is refundable. However, a Visitor Oyster card costs an activation fee (currently at the same price as an ordinary oyster card for £5) but it is not refundable. 

For short-term visitors, contactless payment cards and Travelcards are the only travel passes where you do not incur the deposit/admin charges of Oyster purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

How much Oyster card costs?

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An Oyster card costs £5 (plus postage) and is pre-loaded with pay as you go credit for you to spend on travel. You can choose how much credit to add to your card depending on zones you will travel to and how many days (weekly, monthly, etc.)

What is cheaper an Oyster card or Travelcard?

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Travelcard for London is more expensive than an Oystercard or contactless card payment option. It can be beneficial only fi you travel 3 or more journeys for 6 days or more within 7 days period.

Where do I buy an Oyster card?

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An Oyster card you can get online or at Oyster ticket stops, at all underground, overground and TfL rail stations, at Visitor Centres, etc.

To some types of Oyster card, like for example, Oyster photocards you do need a photograph. Usually, for childrens, students and seniors Oysters, photos are required.

Children aged 5-10 get a free travel on all trasport services in London with a Zip Oyster photocard.