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How to take your own biometric photo
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Take or upload a photo
First, snap a photo or upload one from your device. Our photo editing tool will help you frame the picture correctly.
Get your photo fine-tuned by AI
Next, AI fine-tunes your photo by adapting the background to meet all requirements. It also crops and resizes the image.
Let our experts verify the pictures
Finally, one of our experts carefully verifies the picture against official requirements. You get the feedback in under a minute.
Enjoy your new photos
Your 100% compliant photos are ready for instant download. You can also order printouts and get them delivered to your door.
Tips for taking your own biometric photos
Follow these steps to get the best results
Mind the distance
Pose 4–6 feet (1–2 meters) from the camera. Use a timer to take your photo or have someone snap it for you.
Face the camera directly
Keep your head straight. Avoid tilting your body or looking away. Remember: portrait mode is not suitable for any ID photos.
Ensure good lighting
Take your photos in daylight e.g., next to a bright window. Shadows on your face or in the background are not allowed.
OCI photo in a nutshell
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How many OCI photos do I need?
You need a total of 3 photos to apply for Overseas Citizenship of India—1 digital image for prior verification online and 2 printed photos at the office.
What are the OCI photo requirements?
If you’re applying for an Overseas Citizenship of India card (OCI), you must submit a photo that meets the requirements set by the Indian government and based upon the specifications of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Take a look at the list of OCI photo specifications below.
- Passport photo background is any light colour but white
- Photo is not altered in any way, stapled, or signed
- Applicant’s facial features are fully visible, with both ears showing and no hair across the face or eyes. As an exception, babies can have their eyes closed
- Around 80% of the photo shows a front view of a person’s head, shoulders, and face, centred in the photograph
- Clothing is casual, plus the applicant doesn’t wear any uniform, accessories, dark or tinted glasses, or headgear (except for medical or religious reasons)
- No shadows, glares, or other flaws are found
Both the digital photo and the paper photos must be identical but, depending on the photo format:
- Digital photos are saved in JPG or JPEG format, in a file size between 100KB and 1MB
- Physical photos are printed on high-quality paper, in colour, with no borders
Below we provide you with details regarding the size of an OCI card picture.
OCI Card Photo Size
Minimum dimensions: 200x200 px
Maximum dimensions: 1500x1500 px
In inches: 2x2 in
In millimetres: 51x51 mm
Note that this size may be uncommon abroad and you may have a hard time finding the right store to take or print OCI photos so it’d be recommended to try our photo resizer.
Check the official Online OCI Services website for the most up-to-date information before submitting your OCI Card application.
OCI photo near me
Google Maps may help you find the nearest store where to take OCI photos, but this may be a difficult task often. Instead, you can use an OCI photo app and even avoid waiting in line or travelling to the store too.
Leave your worries behind. This app guarantees conformity to official requirements. In just a few seconds, you will have an automatically edited photo, with a light-coloured background, in the right size and optimal quality. Rejected OCI photos are not an option!
You’ll be able to download the perfect photo in digital format, ready to attach to your OCI online application, and also receive at your doorstep the physical photos you need to deliver on the day of your appointment.
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