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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.

Bus Pass Photo Size & Requirements

Digital Photo for Bus Pass
Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
600 dpi
Is it suitable for online submission?
Image definition parameters
Head height: 34.5 mm
Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 3 mm
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More about Bus Pass Photo - Requirements

Do you know the requirements for a bus pass photo? A suitable picture for your bus pass application is a guarantee that you will obtain the bus pass card fast and without any troubles. To do it you need some information about how to upload a photo for a bus pass card, how must be its size, recency and other conditions.

Bus pass photo requirements

Your passport style photo will be a part of your bus pass and help to identify you in case of control. That’s why the picture must satisfy certain requirements and why unsuitable photos will not be accepted.

A required photo for bus pass  must be in color, clear and focused, taken within the last 6 months, with the head and shoulders visible. It is a passport style photograph, so close-up view is a requirement.

Bus pass photo size

An acceptable passport-style photo size is 35 mm x 45 mm and it is suitable for your bus pass card. If you take a picture on your own, you may use a dedicated photo editor which will crop your bus pass photo and adjust it to requirements.

There are some requirements for digital photos. A digital bus pass photo must be:

  • at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels tall
  • at least 50KB and no more than 10MB

Bus pass photo basic rules

In your photo you must:

  • be facing forwards and looking straight at the camera
  • have your eyes open and your mouth closed
  • have a neutral face expression
  • not have hair covering your eyes
  • not have a fashion head covering (you can wear it only for religious or medical reasons)
  • not have anything covering your face
  • not have any shadows on your face or behind you

The photo must:

  • be taken within last 6 months
  • be free of any objects and other people
  • have a plain, light-colored background
  • be in contrast to the background
  • represent natural colors and skin tone

You may have a beard on your bus pass photo and also piercing and jewellery if those objects do not obscure your face.

Eyeglasses in a bus pass picture

You must not wear sunglasses or tinted glasses in your bus pass photo. You can wear your everyday glasses if you need to, but your eyes must be visible. A photo with glare or reflection is not suitable.

Accessories in a bus pass picture

You are not allowed to wear accessories such as sunglasses on your head, big hair accessories, wireless head-phones and other similar objects in your bus pass photo. A hearing device if you wear it, is allowed.

Where to take a bus pass photo?

You can visit one of the validating libraries which will provide you with photo service. But this is not necessary and you can take a bus pass photo on your own. Please remember that if the photo is not suitable, you will be requested to provide another one and the time of processing your bus pass application will be longer.

Bus pass photo online tool

If you want to take your picture fast and easy and do not be worried about cropping, editing, adjusting background, just go to photo online service. This bus pass photo tool will adjust your picture in terms of size and background color and check it to make sure that your application will be accepted.

Last update: 07/06/2023

About the document

What is bus pass?

A bus pass is a free or concessionary fares bus pass for disabled or older people who have recourse to public funds, stays in the UK legally and tvisa does not limit their stay in the UK.

Types of bus passes

There are two types of bus passes: a free disabled person's concessionary fares bus pass and an older person’s concessionary travel bus pass. Check the conditions and know if you are eligible for any of them.

Older person’s bus pass - eligible age

The age of eligibility for an older person's bus pass is equal to the state pensionable age for women. It does not matter if you are male or female, the age condition remains the same for both genders.

Disabled person’s bus pass eligibility criteria

You are eligible for this document if you fulfill the following criteria:

  • you are blind - severely sight impaired or partially sighted
  • you are without speech
  • you are profoundly or severely deaf
  • you have several problems with walking - you cannot walk or is walking very difficult for you
  • you have a long term and substantial disability of arms - you do not have arms or have long term loss of use of both arms
  • you have a learning disability as defined by the Transport Act 2000
  • you are not eligible for a driving licence on medical grounds
  • you have a current disabled parking blue badge

Also, you are eligible for a disabled person’s bus pass if you are in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Disability Living Allowance - higher rate of the mobility component
  • Personal Independence Payment - 8, 10 or 12 points for the Moving Around component
  • War Pensioner's - mobility supplement

Online application for a bus pass

If you choose this way, make sure if you have prepared:

    • your email address 
    • your national insurance number
  • a passport-style photo taken in the last 6 months for your bus pass

If you are ready, fulfill the application and upload your photo. Please remember that the photo must meet certain requirements. If you want to be sure that it will be accepted, use online photo service - we will adjust your photo to the requirements for you.

Application for a bus pass at a library

If you are applying at a library, you will need:

  • proof of address
  • proof of identity and age
  • a printed passport-style photo (it can be also taken at the place)

Application for a bus pass by phone

Before dialing, prepare proof of address if you have lived at your current address for less than three years. You will be asked to send it by post together with one recently taken photo. Check the requirements for the photo and make it easier - use a bus pass photo tool to make sure that your photograph will be accepted.

Acceptable proof of address for bus pass application

You must provide a copy of one of the following documents as a proof of your address:

  • current driving licence
  • recent utility bill no older than 3 months
  • your bank or credit card statement no older than 3 months
  • current year tax bill 
  • a pension letter

Proof of ID and age for bus pass application

For this purpose you can provide one of following documents:

  • birth certificate or adoption certificate  (and marriage certificate if you have changed your name)
  • current passport - the identification page’s copy. If you are not an UK citizen, a copy of the visa page is also required
  • current driving licence 
  • a pension letter

Please do not send any original documents, only copies as they will not be returned to you.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Can I use my passport photo for a bus pass card?

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Yes. Requirements for a passport photo and bus pass photo are the same, so you can use your passport picture if you have one.

What is a required bus pass photo size?

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35 x 45 mm. If you take your bus pass photo with your smartphone or digital camera and you are not sure about the size of the picture taken, free yourself of doubts with a professional photo online tool and get a perfectly cropped photo!

What is the size requirement for a digital bus pass photo?

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If you attach to the application a digital photo, it must be at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels tall, moreover at least 50KB but no more than 10MB big.

No. Just relax your face, close your mouths and open your eyes. A neutral facial expression is a requirement here.

No if it is a fashion one like a cap or beret. You may cover your head only if you do it every day for religion or medical reasons.

No, retouching tools, Photoshop and filters are not allowed. Our tip is to take a photo in natural light, without a flashgun. If you want to remove forbidden items or unsuitable patterns or color from the background, don’t use graphic programs. At Passport Photo Online website we will do it for you.

As long as your hair does not cover your eyes or obscure your face you can have a coiffure you like. Only massive hair accessories are not allowed in the picture.

Yes. If the bus pass is photographic and laminated, it can be used as an ID.