Photo Submission

You are eligible and encouraged to submit your photo online for your official University of Virginia ID Card ONLY if you are a NEW University of Virginia incoming first-year, transfer or graduate student.

Your online photo submission offers you the opportunity to obtain your ID card faster instead of waiting in a long line to have your photo taken at orientation.

You can take advantage of this convenient option by following the instructions below:

Photo Examples

acceptable nice smile photo unacceptable photo must face forward and wear contracting color unacceptable must include shoulders photo unacceptable must remove hats, sunglasses and background must be white photo

A smile is allowed.
Wear visible clothing contrasting to white background.

NO profiles.
Face forward, DO NOT tilt your head.


TOO close.
Shoulders MUST be included and image MUST be centered.

NO hats, sunglasses, or any paraphernalia. Background MUST be solid white.

Photo Requirements

BE SURE TO FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS. (See first example above for correct way. Your photo should be similar to a Passport book photo.)


  • COLOR photo of head and shoulders ONLY
  • Face and shoulders forward, centered (with enough space between top of head and top of photo)
  • Wear visible clothing, contrasting to solid white background
  • Orientation of image forward
  • Saved as a .JPG
  • Sized NO larger than 400 KB and approximately 500 x 500 pixels


  • Backgrounds with color, objects, textures or patterns
  • Over or underexposed (too dark or bright)
  • Saved any other way except a .JPG
  • Spaces above or below image
  • Orientation other than forward
  • Too large KB or pixels
  • Too close or distant
  • Black and whites
  • Head tilts
  • Hats, sunglasses or glare on glasses
  • Red eye
  • Shadows, blurry or debutante photos
  • Any writing in or on photo

Choose your photo wisely. It will serve as your identity photo and be viewed by all University professors.

Photo Submitting

Submit your photo online by AUGUST 30, 2014.

Use the following steps:

  • Click on NETBADGE, enter your UVA computing ID and password. (This redirects you to the Cavalier Advantage CS Gold Online System.)
  • Click on "Student Web" then "Submit ID Photo".

Photos can NOT be accepted any other way except through this website.

Photo Submissions

  • Photo submissions are reviewed manually. It may take several business days to process due to the volume received.
  • You will automatically be notified by email if your photo is accepted or rejected. If the photo you submit is unable to be used or if you are unable to submit one, we will take your photo during your scheduled Summer Orientation.
  • You can check the status of your photo by following the original steps you took to submit your photo through NETBADGE. Go to "Current ID Photo". Your photo will appear if it was accepted. Go to "view your pictures" to check the status of your photo.
  • DO NOT send more than one photo with your original submission, or resubmit another one, or send one if we already have an existing photo.
  • DO NOT send a photo by email, fax or mail. The website is the ONLY way.

Your University of Virginia ID Card will be issued during your scheduled Summer Orientation.*

Photo Tips


  • If you experience a problem submitting a photo, try a different browser or device. (Macs using Safari may have issues.)
  • Very large photos resized smaller may be unable to be submitted. The photo submission software reviews information behind the image. You may need to retake it in a smaller size.
  • Stretched photos may be due to incorrect sizing. Be sure to maintain constraint proportions.
  • Glare on glasses can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of your head or by turning off the camera flash.
  • Shadows in the background can be reduced or removed by positioning a backlight below you pointing upward and by minimizing the distance between you and the background.
  • Shadows on your face can be reduced by avoiding overhead lighting and making sure the lights on either side of you are of equal intensity.
  • High contrast can be avoided by using even lighting and appropriate camera settings. Use balanced lighting to minimize shadows on the face or under the chin.  
  • Photos are, also, affected by the type of light used. Avoid mixing incandescent and fluorescent lighting. The color balance selected on the camera should match the illumination.
  • Exposure problems can be avoided by using the recommended light arrangement and diffusing the light sources. Overexposure occurs when the film or camera sensor receives too much light, which results in a loss of resolution or fine detail in highlights and more graininess. Underexposure occurs when the film or camera sensor receives too little light, which results in loss of detail in shadows.

The University of Virginia ID Card Office reserves the right to refuse any photos that do not meet the requirements.


  • Please remember to bring your original valid government issued photo identification card to obtain your University of Virginia ID card. (Either your U.S. Driver’s License issued by DMV, U.S. Identification Card issued by DMV, U.S. Permanent Resident/U.S. Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Green Card, Passport book or U.S. Military ID Card. Note: We are NOT able to accept a U.S. Driver’s License stamped "void", a Passport "card" or a photocopy per Homeland Security.) Information on obtaining a U.S. Driver's License or U.S. Photo Identification card from DMV.
  • Your name and date of birth on your valid government issued photo ID must match the University's system exactly.