Photo ID Guidelines

Use the MCC Identification Card Request Form​ in your student MyWay (under College links) to request an MCC ID card, provide verification of your identity, and upload a current photo for inclusion on your ID. Your legal name and address information must be current in MyWay for your ID card to be issued and mailed.

There are several guidelines that you need to follow to ensure that your picture works with our system and also serves as an appropriate form of identification.

Technical specifications

  • The file that you submit must be a ".jpg" file.

  • Photo specifications

The photo must be:

  • In color

  • A recent picture taken within the last six (6) months

  • Taken in front of a plain background

  • One in which your body is oriented vertically, not horizontally

  • One in which you are alone in the picture with no one else visible

  • One in which you are looking forward with your eyes open and have a neutral facial expression (not smiling, frowning, laughing, crying, etc.)

  • One in which we can clearly see your head and shoulders

  • One in which you are not wearing hats or head covering (unless those items are worn daily for religious purposes, and in such cases those items must not obscure any facial features)

  • Free from glare on eyeglasses (dark glasses are not permitted unless you have a medical reason for them)

  • Taken with sufficient lighting that has no shadow.


This is the correct image
An example of an ideal photo. The person is well-lit and centered in the frame.

These are photos we cannot accept:

Too bright
An example of an unacceptable picture. The photo is overexposed and too bright.  

Too dark
An example of an unacceptable picture. The photo is underexposed and too dark.

Too close (we need to see your head and shoulders)
An example of an unacceptable picture. The person is too close and their shoulder are not visible.

Profile pictures are not allowed
An example of an unacceptable picture. The person is in profile, not facing the camera.

The background must be a solid color
An example of an unacceptable picture. The photo has a background of sky and clouds.

No hats please...
An example of an unacceptable picture. The subject is wearing a hat.
or sunglasses
An example of an unacceptable picture. The subject is wearing sunglasses.

This is nice, but the photo should look like you
An example of an unacceptable picture. The subject is a costume.
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