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Photo ID

Your Pitt Student ID declares you as a member of the Pitt community. Your Card is your photo ID and your passport to access essential campus services. The magnetic strip on your card is programmed to give you access to your residence hall and meal plan as well as privileges to the library, computer labs, on-campus printing stations and the Fitness Center.

Student ID Card Self Service Photo Upload

Your Student ID Card (Pitt ID) is the tool that every student, faculty and staff member needs on their first day. Submit your photo to us in advance and allow us to prepare your Pitt ID for you! Online photo submission is quick and easy. To obtain a preprinted ID, you must submit your photo at least one full week prior to campus arrival.

You will be required to show an official government-issued photo ID when you pick-up your card. Be sure to check your University email account to verify the status of your Pitt ID.

Online Photo Submission is a convenience that Student Services ID Center offers online. Please follow the instructions detailed below to submit your photo.

Acceptable and Unacceptable Photo Submissions

Acceptable Photo Submissions

Current (taken within the last six months) color photo Cropped from just above the top of the head to the collarbone
JPG format Eyes open and visible
Neutral color and smooth background Wear prescription glasses if you normally do so
Proper lighting (no filter) Maximum file size of 5 MB (5120 KB)
Centered and front view of full face Minimum dimensions of 260 x 300 pixels

 

Unacceptable Photo Submissions

Wearing hats, sunglasses or other items that obscure the face Group photos
Glare on glasses; closed eyes Blurry photos
Shadows on the face Black and white photos
Other visible people, objects, or text Photos with your hand resting on your face
Inappropriate expressions Crop off the top of your head or side angle your face

Tips for a Successful Photo Submission

1. To achieve a neutral colored, smooth background, you can use:

  • Poster board
  • Blank wall

Correct/Incorrect photo examples

2. To achieve clear image quality, avoid images that are:

  • Dark or shadowed
  • Distorted or blurry
  • Too small (less than 260x300 pixels)
    • Generally, you can right-click a photo and view the size under Properties.
    • Or you can use a photo editing program to view the file size.

Correct/incorrect photo examples

3. Avoid photos with other people/objects.

Correct/Incorrect photo examples

Photo ID Hours

Student Services ID Center is not accepting walk-ins at this time.

Lost Your Card?

Report lost or stolen cards to Student Services ID Center in 219 Chambers Hall Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is a $20 replacement fee for lost or stolen cards. The ID Center can accept cash, check or money order.

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