Citizen Services

Guidelines On Photo Capturing

While inside the Enrolment Section, here are some guidelines to follow.

Your Pose

Your frontal pose looking directly at the camera lens and showing your full face must be used. Rotation or tilting of the head either in an up/down or left/right direction must be avoided. The mid points of the mouth and the bridge of the nose should lie on an imaginary vertical line in the center of the image.


Your expression should be neutral with both eyes open and mouth closed. There should be no hair covering the eyes. Contrived expressions such as raised eyebrows, squirting or frowning are not acceptable.

On Smiling

When having their photos captured, applicant may smile, but without showing their teeth and gums. The 'Mona Lisa' smile is recommended.

Eyeglasses/ Contact Lenses

Eyeglasses should always be removed before capturing the applicant's photo.

The use of contact lenses for medical reasons is accepted, provided that the contact lenses do not change the applicant's true eye color. Therefore, applicants are advised to take off their contact lenses before having their photos captured.

Ears Should Be Visible

As much as possible, both ears of the applicant should be visible.

Earrings/ Hair Accessories

As much as possible, both ears of the applicant should be visible.


Infants or very small children who are unable to support themselves should be assisted by either parent or their guardians. Hands, arms, etc., used to support the child should not be visible. High-chair for minor applicants may be used, if needed.

Source: DFA Website

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