Licence photo requirements

Photographs or photo images used to produce a learner permit or driver licence card must meet standards and allow for clear recognition of the learner permit or driver licence holder.

Photo Image requirements

Photographs/photo images must:

  • be a close up of your head and the top of your shoulders so that your face takes up about 70-80% of the image
  • not be too dark or too light
  • be taken with a plain light coloured background (e.g cream or pale blue, but not white)
  • be in focus and clear
  • be taken with uniform lighting - no shadows, flash reflections or red eye

When you have your photograph taken you must:

  • look directly at the camera
  • have your eyes open and clearly visible
  • show both edges of your face clearly (no hair across your face or eyes)
  • face square onto the camera, not looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or tilted
  • have a neutral expression, mouth and lips closed (not smiling or laughing).

A female with long hair across her face and eyes closed, not acceptable

Wearing Glasses

If glasses are to be worn for driving (i.e. the licence shows an 'S' condition), you should wear them when your photo image is taken. Heavy-framed glasses should be avoided and replaced with light-framed glasses if possible. If not, the photo image may be taken without your glasses.

Sunglasses are not to be worn. If light-sensitive, tinted prescription lenses are worn, time should be allowed for them to become reasonably clear.

The portrait image must show your eyes clearly with no flash reflection off the glasses. The frames must not cover your eyes.

A male wearing glasses in positions that are not acceptable

Facial prosthetics, eye patches and similar are acceptable.

Head covering

The portrait image must show your facial features from the bottom of the chin to the top of your forehead, and both sides of your face.

If you have a medical condition or undergoing medical treatment, you can wear a hat or other head covering. In all other instances, hats or other head coverings (such as clearly identifiable novelty wigs) are not permitted.

A male wearing a hat that is not acceptable

Religious headgear

Religious headgear is acceptable provided it does not obscure your face. Veils and facial coverings are not permitted if they cover your face and make identifying you as the driver difficult.

A female with religious headgear in non acceptable positions.

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