UK Provisional Driving Licence Photo

UK Provisional Driving Licence Photo

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UK Provisional Driving Licence Photo - Size & Requirements

UK Provisional Driving Licence Photo
Size
Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
Resolution
600 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 32.8 mm
  • Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 4.9 mm
Is it suitable for online submission?
yes
Is it printable?
yes
Background Color

How to make a photo?

Body-camera distance
1
Body-camera distance
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
2
Posture: Straight ahead
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face
3
Even lighting on both sides of the face

UK Provisional Driving Licence Photo Guidelines

The UK Provisional Driving Licence gives you some sort of permission to drive on the UK roads (excluding motorways), whilst under the supervision of your driving instructor or another driver over the age of 21 who has held a full driving licence for a minimum of three years.

To apply for one you might need to submit some documents, among others a UK biometric passport photograph. To find out more, read on!

UK Provisional driving licence photo specifications

To correctly submit an application for a UK provisional driving licence you have to take the right UK passport-sized photograph. You can quickly generate a suitable image by using the photographic booths found in shopping and leisure areas or online. Use the Passport Photo Online website or app and have your photo ready in 3 seconds! Read the requirements first and find out how to use a simple and fast photo tool.

It is important to know that the photograph should be signed by someone suitable who has known you for at least two years (non-relative and not living at the same address as you). The suitable people are a local business person or shopkeeper, librarians, professionally qualified people, e.g. lawyers, teachers, or engineers, police officers, bank or building society staff, civil servants, ministers of religion, magistrates, local councillors, Members of Parliament, Assembly Members, Members of the Scottish Parliament, or Members of the European Parliament. 

General demanding regarding provisional driving licence photos:

  • This must be full colour.
  • The background must be light grey or cream. 
  • You must be sitting straight and staring into the camera. 
  • Photographs should show the full head with no hats, helmets, or sunglasses obscuring the face.

UK Provisional driving licence photo size

The dimensions of a provisional driving licence in the UK are 45mm x 35mm. In pixels should be at least 600 wide and 750 pixels high, but the recommended dimensions for the UK provisional driving licence application are 900 pixels wide and 1200 pixels high. The file size should be at least 50 KB and no more than 10 MB. Remember that the digital photos, as well as printed ones, should be of good quality and sharp. 

Background colour

The digital passport photo must be taken against a plain light grey or cream background so that the person in the picture is in clear contrast to the background. Make sure the lighting in the room is right and your face lit evenly. It is important to expose facial features, which matters for biometric photos. Be sure that the background is not textured and that there aren’t any objects visible in the background.

Posture

The positioning of the head, as well as the whole body in the driving licence photo, is very important. You have to stand straight for the camera and look directly into the lens. The head must be positioned straight – do not tilt it sideways! Also, half-profile photos are not accepted and will result in application rejection. 

Eyes

In the picture, your eyes have to be open and visible. Especially the colour of the iris must be able to recognize. Make sure that there’s no ‘red eye’ effect so we advise against using the flash lamp as it causes the red colour. Remember that hairs can’t cover your eyes, so if you're wearing a fringe make sure it doesn’t overlap your eyes.

Facial expression

Keep your facial expressions as neutral as possible. Smiling, showing teeth, frowning or grimacing is not allowed. The mouth must be closed and.

Glasses

You cannot wear sunglasses or tinted glasses. Prescription glasses and other medical glasses are allowed as long as they do not reflect light and do not have any glare. Eyes with medical glasses must be fully visible.

Hair

There are no special guidelines for hairstyles on digital British passport photos. The hair may be tense or loose, but it must not cover the face. Even a small fragment of it. It is best to brush them backwards, but the ears needn’t be visible. Remember that the forehead and eyebrows should be visible, so don’t cover eyebrows with hair.

Head Coverings

For the photo, you need to take off head covers such as hats, headbands, caps. However, religious head coverings are an exception. You can have them in your photo if you provide a certificate from your religious community. But again, the religious headgear must not cover the face.

UK Provisional Driving Licence Photo Tool

We know that photos for documents might cause a lot of trouble. To make the process of applying for a British provisional driving licence you can do it online by using our photo maker. 

The tools available on the Passport Photo Online site measure the size and adjust after cropping to the right for the British authorities. Then, remove the patterns from the background and change them for the right uniform. In the end, it works like a photo validator which verifies the correctness and marks it as correct if it truly met the biometric specifications. It just works like a photo editor which automatically meets the official government requirements

If you need a photo of your driving licence and you decided to try taking photos at home, you should try our photo booth app or website which will perfectly edit any photo to the document you want. Try it now!

How to take a UK Provisional Driving Licence photo by phone?

If you already know the requirements, now it is time to try taking photos for your UK provisional driving licence by yourself! There are listed a few steps to make the whole process easier for you:

  1. Find a place with a plain background and good daylight.
  2. Wear something which will not blend in the background as well as stand out a little but nothing extravagant, something that you like and covers your shoulder. Any kind of uniform is forbidden.
  3. Download on your phone the Photo Maker app or use a Passport Photo Online site. 
  4. Start shooting following the above rules regarding the head position, facial expression, what is allowed and what forbidden, etc. 
  5. Take a photo, upload it and crop it regarding the British requirements with a 100% guarantee of acceptance!

The most common mistakes on photos for UK Provisional Driving Licence

You probably wonder what to NOT do while taking photographs of your UK provisional driving licence. Passports, visas, driving licences or other identity/travel documents can cause some stress connected with the application as well as photographs. But you don’t want to ruin your document, right? Read what is better to DON’T do and you will know what mistakes not to make.

Not allowed things on driving licences photos:

  • Looking sideways – eyes have to be looking directly at the camera.
  • Wearing sunglasses – you cannot wear any tinted unless it is for medical reasons but it can’t be any flash reflection or shine on them. 
  • Exaggerated makeup that covers your natural look – often women want to look the best on the photos but you have to make your makeup to a minimum if you want to take the right one, especially if there are required biometric photographs.
  • Smiling – you cannot smile at photos in your documents, neither showing teeth.
  • Having your head covered – only religious reasons are accepted while covering your head but any hats, scarves or headwear that cover your hairline are forbidden.

Wearing clothes of the same colour as the photo background – you do not want to blend with the background, right? Make sure that you stand out colorwise from the background and there are no patterns or shadows either there or on you.

Frequently Asked Questions

❓ Is a provisional driving Licence a valid UK driving Licence?

The provisional driving licence gives you permission to drive on the UK roads (excluding motorways), whilst under the supervision of your driving instructor or another driver over the age of 21 who has held a full driving licence for a minimum of three years.

❓ Do I need photograph for the UK provisional driving licence application?

Yes. To apply for UK Provisional Driving Licence you might need to submit some documents, among others a UK biometric passport photograph.

❓ Who can sign my provisional driving licence photo?

It is important to know that the photograph should be signed by someone suitable who has known you for at least two years (non-relative and not living at the same address as you). The suitable people are a local business person or shopkeeper, librarians, professionally qualified people, e.g. lawyers, teachers, or engineers, police officers, bank or building society staff, civil servants, etc.
A provisional driving licence is a permit to learn to drive on all UK roads except motorways, provided you are supervised. You can be supervised by your driving instructor or any other driver, as long as they're over the age of 21 and have held a full driving licence for a minimum of three years.
Photographs must be in colour and the background must be light grey or cream, you must be sitting straight and staring into the camera. The photos should show the full head with no hats, helmets, or sunglasses obscuring the face.
The photo size provisional driving licence in the UK are 45mm x 35mm. In pixels should be at least 600 wide and 750 pixels high, but the recommended dimensions for the UK provisional driving licence application are 900 pixels wide and 1200 pixels high. The file size should be at least 50 KB and no more than 10 MB.
Yes. The requirements are the same regarding size, background colour, head position, facial expression. They are both biometric photographs so it is important to show clearly your features. Nothing can't cover your face or appear in the background. you cannot use any glasses unless it is a medical reason but it can’t be any flash reflection or shine on them.
You cannot wear any sunglasses. Glasses are allowed as long as they are not cover any of your facial features, especially eyes and pupils. Bear in mind, there cannot be any flash reflection or shine on them.
The provisional licence has a current cost of £43.00, payable by cheque or postal order (or £34.00 if applied for online). Once you have passed your driving test, your licence will be exchanged for a full driving licence free of charge.

About the document

UK Provisional Driving Licence

The provisional driving licence permits you to drive on UK roads (excluding motorways), whilst under the supervision of your driving instructor or another driver over the age of 21 who has held a full driving licence for a minimum of three years. The licence will be required when taking your theory test, hazard perception, and practical driving test, and will also be needed on your first driving lesson.

Who can get a UK Provisional Driving Licence?

To apply for your provisional licence you must be a resident of the United Kingdom. You can apply for your licence as soon as you are 16 years and 9 months old. You must also have sufficient eyesight to be able to read a standard number plate (made after 1st September 2001) from 20 metres, with glasses/contact lenses if necessary.

Also, if you have ever had, or currently suffer from, a medical condition that may affect your driving you must tell the DVLA. Check the health conditions that could affect your driving and how to tell the DVLA.

UK Provisional Driving Licence Application Process

Unless you choose to fill out your application online, you must write your details on the application in full capitals with black ink.

While applying you should give your biometric information and supply the nine-digit code for the DVLA to confirm your identity. Otherwise, there are many other forms of documentation that you could supply. These however will need sending along with your licence application: 

  • A non-digital Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • EU Identity Card, or
  • UK certificate of naturalization

Further proof of identity must be supplied alongside it, such as your National Insurance Card, P45, P60, or payslips.

UK Provisional Driving Licence Costs

The provisional licence has a current cost of £43.00, payable by cheque or postal order (or £34.00 if applied for online). Once you have passed your driving test, your licence will be exchanged for a full driving licence free of charge.

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