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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.
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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.
FOID card photos in a nutshell
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What are the FOID card picture requirements?
Regardless of whether it is your Illinois driver's license or ID card photo that ultimately appears on your card, the FOID Act requires you to submit one photo for verification purposes. However, passport photos are not considered valid for this purpose.
The photo for your Firearms Owner’s Identification Card must follow detailed specifications, according to the Illinois State Police Department. Failure to comply with the FOID card photo requirements could result in your application to own a gun in Illinois being rejected.
Here you can find a list of FOID card application picture requirements:
Basic photo guidelines
How to take the photo
Read on to discover more details on FOID card photographs.
FOID card photo size
The official specifications provide the Illinois FOID card picture size in inches, but we’ve prepared this table as you may want to know the equivalent size in millimeters or centimeters.
Picture Size for FOID Card
In millimeters (mm)
In centimeters (cm)
In inches (in)
Note: No need to worry about the picture size for an Illinois FOID card if using our photo cropper. The app resizes the image automatically!
Where can I get a FOID card picture taken?
Illinois residents willing to acquire firearms owner’s identification can get their FOID card picture taken at Walgreens, CVS, or any other retail store in person. Use Google Maps or another search engine to find the nearest store having a photo studio service near you.
However, a FOID card picture at Walgreens may require 1–2 hours of your time, considering the transport time, possible lines at the store, and other issues that may arise.
That is why it may be a good idea to use our FOID card photo editor instead. The service includes a 200% compliance guarantee and can do the job in a few seconds. Sit back and let it crop the picture to the correct size for FOID applications, remove the background and apply further edits if needed.
Are you having the FOID card image sideways issue?
Wondering how to attach the picture to a FOID application?
Some people reported having a FOID image sideways issue when trying to apply for a FOID card online, as it looks like there's no way to flip the picture after the website loads the file. This may be a glitch on the Illinois State Police site.
Illinois citizens claim to have sent their picture sideways and have no problem with the FOID application.
Taking your own FOID photo online
How should I take my picture for the Illinois foid card? Use your cell phone. No digital camera, white wall, specific setting, or photographic insight are needed.
Instead of looking for a convenient location near you, you can open the app, ask someone to snap a photo of you (or use a tripod), and wait a few seconds. You'll obtain a perfect FOID card photo with guaranteed acceptance. Same if you’d like to get a passport photo or a DL photo.
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