The Catholic University of America

 Send us your Cardinal Card Photo

Sample Cardinal CardCardinal Card is your official Catholic University identification card. Cardinal Card provides invaluable services for your everyday life at the University, so it's important to have a great photo!

Providing a digital picture of yourself is easy! It also saves you valuable time during Orientation and allows you to choose your best photo. Please follow the instructions below, and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the Office of Transportation and Parking Services at 202-552-PARK (7275). 


correct Do

  • Photos should be submitted in standard portrait layout (4 x 3 ratio). Do NOT submit square or panoramic photos.
  • Take the picture in front of a white or light colored wall.
  • Keep your hands and arms at your sides.
  • Smile for the picture.
  • Focus the camera from your shoulders to the top of your head - see the examples for approximate sizing.
  • Use a JPEG format image from a digital camera or scanner.

incorrect Don't

  • Wear any hats, scarves or sunglasses unless they are worn for religious beliefs or medical reasons.
  • Wear any oversized jewelry.
  • Have an inappropriate facial expression.
  • Have any other individuals or pets in the photo with you.
  • Have on an inappropriate t-shirt.

We strongly recommend uploading your school picture taken by a professional photographer for your Cardinal Card since it may already meet the ID picture requirements - no need to crop or adjust it. Photos that do not meet the required standards will not be printed.


Acceptable Photo

Unacceptable Photos

Correct image overexposed image underexposed image Low quality/visible dots  
  • correct correct exposure
  • correct solid background
  • correct head and shoulders         fill the frame
  • correct smiling
  • correct appropriate dress
  • correct correct dimensions
incorrect Overexposed incorrect Underexposed incorrect Low quality/visible dots  
 Out of focus Confusing background image too small wrong dimensions
 incorrect Out of focus incorrect Not a clear background incorrect Portrait too small incorrect Wrong dimensions

Once your Cardinal Card photo is ready, please send it to