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Check points of your photograph

 

Size
(4.5cm by 3.5cm)

  • - A photograph taken within the previous 6 months
  • - A photograph without hat, from the shoulders up, no background
  • - Please write your name and date of birth on the back of the photograph.
  • - A photograph may be in black and white.

  • - The head is turned to the side.
  • - The background is not plain white or off-white.
  • - Face expressions are significantly different from the natural ones.
  • - There is a shadow on the background.
  • - An unclear photograph which is out of focus or due to camera shake
  • - A hat and sunglasses obscure unique facial features.

Please do not use such photographs.

Note

■For cases in which ID photos cannot be taken according to guidelines

For infants, disabled or bedridden persons, and those with other such special circumstances that make it impossible to take a photo following the guidelines, applications will be accepted if the following steps are taken.

  • - Call or visit your local municipal office to notify them of the issue and your application ID.
  • - Specify the reason that the photo could not be taken correctly (i.e. "has disability") in the Name field on the application form.
  • - Call the Individual Number Card Call Center to inform them of the issue and the application ID.
  • *Municipal offices may review your circumstances when issuing your My Number card.
    Please be aware that your application may be deemed incomplete due to the photograph not conforming to standards (too dark, cannot be trimmed, etc.) or for reasons other than the photograph.

The standard of correct photographs


Unit: mm

This is the standard of correct photographs.
Your photograph will be scaled to 2.75cm by 2.20cm and attached on your Individual Number Card.

Examples of incorrect photographs

Examples of photographs in incorrect sizes or not meeting the designated standard

The head is not centered in the photograph.

The head is turned to the side.

The head is tilted to the shoulders.

The photograph has an object such as a chair on the background.

The photograph has a shadow on the background.

The photograph has a patterned background.

 

Photographs in which glasses, a hair band, etc. cover a part of the face

The frame of the eyeglasses obscures eyes.

The thick frames of your eyeglasses cover the larger area of your eyes and face.

There is glare in the glasses.

The wide headband, etc. obscure the hairline.

A hat obscures the hairline.

Sunglasses obscure unique facial features.

Accessories, etc. obscure the outline of the face or head.

The long front hair obscures the eyes/facial line.

Accessories, etc. cover face organs.

Hair volume is large while the face area is small.

 

Photographs that do not permit adequate identification

The red-eye effect due to flash, etc.

Facial expressions significantly different from natural ones

A shadow on the face

An unclear photograph which is out of focus or due to camera shake

Low-quality digital photographs

Noise in the image

Dots or ink blurring in the image

Jaggies in the image

Edited images such as deformation and masking

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