Official Photo Guidelines

The picture for the UCA BearCard must show a clear, front view of the applicant’s face. The applicant should have a neutral expression, with the mouth closed and eyes open, looking directly ahead. In general, the applicant's head, including both face and hair, should be shown from the top of the forehead (at the hairline) to the tip of the chin on top and bottom and from hairline side-to-side.
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  • No hats are permitted
  • No sunglasses are permitted
  • Look directly into the camera, not down or to the side
  • Bangs (fringe) should not obscure the eyes or an unreasonable amount of the face
  • No hand gestures are permitted in the picture
  • Head coverings are only acceptable due to religious beliefs or for medical reasons, provided the head covering does not:*
    • Obscure or obstruct a full front view of the face.
    • Display any logo, insignia, symbol, or regalia, word or words, letter, number or character, or any combination thereof, or graphic design other than the overall pattern of the fabric or material.
    • Cast a shadow onto the face.
  • Eyeglasses worn on a daily basis can be worn for the photo; however, there should be no reflections from the eyeglasses that obscure the eyes.  Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons.

* The BearCard Center reserves the right to ask for additional verification showing religious or medical status.