If you haven’t already heard about the revolutionary new digital ID photo codes (IDPC) here’s what you need to know. In the past British citizens could only provide photos stored on their own devices or professional photographers put their photo on a memory stick, CDs or emails.
The new system involves shops or booths being able to offer customers secure codes with their physically printed pictures.
Like identity documentation in general, an ID photo code is unique to each individual citizen. You can see it either printed on your photo template, or a professional photographer gives it to you with your digital or printed photos.
You can use this code during the online application process. Once you have entered the code, you should see your photo appear. Her Majesty’s Passport Office will be still checking each and every photograph to ensure that it meets the specifications. It does not mean that the photo is automatically approved.
Professional photographer acceptance rate is at 98%, for photo booths it is 90%. You can also use Smartphone iD app to get a digital or printed photo with photo code. First, your photo will be verified and approved by a trained expert to assure 100% acceptance rate and then sent to your email or doorstep, whichever your prefer.
What are the benefits of ID Photo Codes?
- If you need to attach an ID photo to a passport application, IDPC is faster and more secure than any other method.
- It is cheaper to apply online than doing it at post office.
- Photo code providers must comply with the HMPO obligatory requirements. It is more likely that you photo will be accepted.
How to use IDPC in three simple steps:
Step 1 – If you chose to use Smartphone iD app and do it from home, first you must download the app. Alternatively, you can search for photographer or photo booth in your area that gives also photo code to access your photo online. Look for the logo on their site or in store.
Step 2 – With Smartphone iD app you take your photo, choose UK passport and submit your photo.
Step 3 – After few minutes, you should receive an approved photo in valid format with a photo code in your email. A notification should be sent to your phone as well.
Be aware that some photographers may offer you “fake” photo codes. Read more about the UK Photo Code on the official website : https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/help/photo-codes
Create UK compliant photo + photo code with your smartphone
Instead of spending time on research to find a photographer/photo booth that can produce a valid conform photo with a photo code, download the Smartphone iD app. Within minutes receive a compliant photo and photo code in your email to continue your passport application. Smartphone iD solution indeed saves your time and money!