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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.

Kiwi Access Card Photo - Size & Requirements

Kiwi Access Card Photo Online
Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
600 dpi
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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 Kiwi Access Card Photo - Requirements

Kiwi Access Card photo guidelines

If you want to apply for a Kiwi Access Card you must be able to prove that you are over 18 years old at the time of your application. To prove that, you need a form of identification, such as Photo ID or birth certificate, and a declaration from someone which states that you are over 18. To apply for Kiwi Access Card you will also need a proof of residence at your address and a passport-sized Kiwi Access Card photo.

Kiwi Access Card photo requirements

The most important Kiwi Access photo requirements are:

  • The photo must be taken within the last 6 months.
  • It cannot be a selfie.
  • It has to show your head and upper shoulders.
  • The size of the photo should be 35 x 45 mm.

Kiwi Access Card photo Size and Quality

Kiwi Access Card application photo should be a portrait with a 4:3 aspect ratio. It should be in JPEG format for online application, and 35 mm x 45 mm in dimension for paper photos. The photo must be printed on a high-quality paper. It has to be sharp and in focus. Scanned photos are not allowed. Remember to take a colour photo, in high-resolution and do not digitally change it. The printed copy has to show your natural skin colour.

Background and Shadows

The background of the photo must be plain and light-coloured. Lighting should be balanced to create a good photo contrast. Try to stand slightly away from the background to not cast shadows behind you. We recommend natural light (daylight) preferably from a few sources. There cannot be any visible shadows on your face or neck. The face should be evenly lit.


The photo must show your true likeness and current appearance so it has to be taken within the last 6 months. The face must be exposed entirely and centred in the photo. Leave a clear gap around the sides and top of the head. The face should be facing front and looking directly into the camera. Remember about having a natural facial expression with your eyes open and mouth closed.


The important information is that you can wear glasses in the photo, unless they are sunglasses, tinted or thick-framed. Be careful not to create glare or flash reflection on the lenses!

Head and clothing

Wearing head coverings, hats, or hair bangs is not allowed. You would have to claim medical or religious reasons for that. Headphones and glasses are not allowed (if they cover your eyes), neither are tinted and coloured lenses. Clothing must be casual and not very colourful – you cannot wear any kind of uniform or camouflage.

How to take Kiwi Access Card photo?

Use a digital camera or a smartphone (iPhone or phone with Android) and ask someone to take a picture of you. We recommend taking a photo 1.5 m from the face, at the eye level, not to make the nose and forehead seem bigger than they are in reality.

How to get a digital photo for a Kiwi Access Card?

All you have got to do is to make a homemade photo and put it on our site. In case of any mistake, you can always take another shot and try again. Shortly after uploading it online, you will enjoy a perfectly prepared online Kiwi Access Card photo waiting for you on your e-mail.

Most common mistakes on Kiwi Access Card photos

Do not let your application be rejected because of a wrong photo! You can avoid the following common mistakes, simply by knowing about them:

  • Smile, open mouth, showing teeth
  • Digitally changed photo
  • Too old photo
  • Not looking directly into to camera
  • Shadows in the background or on the face and neck

We want to help you as much as we can, so you will not have to worry about the rejection of your Kiwi Access Card application. We are here for you!

Kiwi Access Card online photo tool

Use our intelligent tool, which will help you with your online Kiwi Access Card photo. Preparation of your photo has never been this easy and so fast – we only need 3 minutes! After taking an appropriate photo, just upload it on our site. What will we do?

  • Remove existing background from the photo and replace it with correct one, if necessary.
  • Crop your photo to a proper size and prepare the frame – resizing will make your photo exactly 35 x 45mm in dimension.
  • Check the lightning, quality and colour of the photo.
  • Verify facial expression, presence of head covering and facial piercings.

Last update: July, 2021

Last update: 6/06/23

About the document

Kiwi Access Card

The Kiwi Access card is not only used as an identity card, but also as evidence of adulthood in New Zealand. It is available to all the New Zealand citizens and also foreign visitors. The Kiwi Access Card has been created to give people access to all the goods and services throughout New Zealand. It has replaced the 18+ Card. It gives you the opportunity to provide identification if you do not have a valid passport or a driver licence.

What can a Kiwi Access Card be used for?

If you are near retirement and no longer drive or your passport has expired, then you can obtain a Kiwi Access Card for your identification. The card is produced with braille, to make it easier for people with impaired vision or blind. Applying is not only very easy but also affordable to anyone.

It helps foreign visitors and citizens with reliable evidence of age and identity, and store owners (with confirming the customer's credentials).

Who is the Kiwi Access Card for?

    • Seniors
    • Backpackers
    • Vision Impaired
    • Turning 18

The Card is available to both NZ nationals and foreigners. International students, foreign visitors and temporary workers can apply for it. The Kiwi Access Card is valid for 10 years and you can apply for it using a form from NZ Post offices or AA Centres across New Zealand.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Can I use a selfie with the Kiwi Access Card?

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No, you cannot use a selfie for the Kiwi Access Card, so it is better to ask someone for taking a photo of you.

When should I take a photo for the Kiwi Access Card?

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The photo must be taken within the last 6 months. It must show your current appearance.

What photo background for the Kiwi Access Card?

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The background of the photo must be plain and light-coloured, it shouldn’t be white.

Yes, you can apply by the online form of application, so digital photos will be necessary.

Scanned or digitally changed photos are not allowed.

The Kiwi Access Card replaced the 18+ Card and it gives you access to all the goods and services throughout New Zealand, and also it is an opportunity to provide your identification.