Detailed Instructions

Your BuckID photo will be used as your identification photo for official university business and records, including but not limited to your BuckID. In order to have your BuckID printed in advance for you, we ask that you submit a professional color passport style photo showing a full front view of your head and shoulders according to the requirements shown on this site.

By submitting this photo for your BuckID you agree this photo may be used by the university. Please contact the BuckID office if you have questions about this policy at buckidcardservices@osu.edu or (614)292-0400.

To begin, click on the “Get Started Now!” button on the home page.

Step One-Take Your Photo
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TThe above photos represent acceptable photos. Notice they are very similar in size and requirements of passport photos. Note: on the photo samples could we have at least one example representing a diverse group?

When taking your photo, please use the following as guidelines to ensure your photo is accepted:

  • Current color photo with a solid white or light color background, taken indoors with natural lighting and flash.
  • Full-face passport style headshot directly facing and looking at the camera with open eyes, a natural expression and no tilting of the head. Smiling is encouraged.
  • Clothing must be visible however no uniforms or costumes are allowed.
  • No hats, sunglasses, headphones, or other accessories which obstruct a complete view of the face and no one other than you are allowed. Prescription glasses without glare and religious head coverings are allowed.
  • Do not crop or edit your photo in any way before submitting. You will be given the opportunity to crop the photo on Step 3
  • Only .jpg files will be accepted with high resolution photographs being preferred.

Have your picture taken, according to the diagram below:

Once you have reviewed the detailed instructions and have a properly formatted photo, please proceed to Step 2. You will have the ability to crop your photo if needed in Step 3.

  • To proceed to Step 2 you must select the “Terms” check box by clicking in the box on Step 1 of the photo upload site as shown below

  • Click the “CONTINUE TO STEP 2” button
STEP Two -Upload Your Photo
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This page displays your account information used by the photo upload application:

Click on the “Choose File” button to browse for your photo. On mobile devices it will start your camera or open the file explorer app. If you’re using a computer, this will launch a dialog box in your browser. You can snap a picture with your mobile device or select the location of your file. Once you have selected the photo’s file location, select it by clicking on the “Open” button in the dialog box.

  • Click the “CONTINUE TO STEP 3” button to upload your photo to the system.
STEP Three- Edit Your Photo
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If needed, you can use this on-line tool to rotate, crop, or resize your photo. After you are finished you will be able to compare your photo with a sample on Step 4. Please edit your photo now or if you are satisfied, CONTINUE TO STEP 4. You can also remove the file and start over.

  • Click the “CONTINUE TO STEP 4” button
STEP Four- Preview Your Photo
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Step 4 will display a sample card and preview card. Compare the sample card photo with your uploaded photo shown on the preview card photo

  • Click on the radio button that answers the following question:

Does your photo look like the given example? Yes or No

  • If you selected yes, continue to the next paragraph that explains your acceptance and understanding of submitting your photo using this on-line tool. You must select the check box by clicking in the box to continue with the photo upload process

  • Click on the button that says “Continue to Step 5”
Step Five-Upload Your ID
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Upload a photo of your Government ID – Driver’s license or Passport Identification Page.

Click on the “Choose File” button to browse for your Government ID photo. On mobile devices it will start your camera or open the file explorer app. If you’re using a computer, this will launch a dialog box in your browser. You can snap a picture with your mobile device or select the location of your file. Once you have selected the photo’s file location, select it by clicking on the “Open” button in the dialog box.

  • Click the “CONTINUE TO STEP 3” button to upload your photo to the system.
Step Six-Edit Your ID
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If needed, you can use this on-line tool to rotate, crop, or resize your photo. After you are finished you will be able to compare your photo with a sample on Step 4. Please edit your photo now or if you are satisfied, CONTINUE TO STEP 7. You can also remove the file and start over.

  • Click the “CONTINUE TO STEP 7” button
Step Seven-Preview Your ID
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Step 7 will display a sample driver’s license ID card and preview of your government ID photo. Compare the sample ID photo with your uploaded ID photo shown. Your government ID photo must show clearly legible the information to verify your identity. This information will be deleted from the system once your photo submission is approved.

  • Click on the radio button that answers the following question

Does your government ID clearly legible show the information to verify your identity as the given example? Yes or No

  • If you selected yes, continue to the next paragraph that explains your acceptance and understanding of submitting your photo using this on-line tool. You must select the check box by clicking in the box to continue with the photo upload process.

  • Click on the button that says “Continue to Step 8”
Step Eight-Signature
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Use the mouse if you’re submitting from a computer, your finger or stylus if using a tablet or mobile device, to sign your full name in the box. If your satisfied with your signature click on the “Save” button. Use the “Reset” button to clear the signature box if you are not satisfied with your signature

You will be required to answer by selecting “OK” or “Cancel” to either “Clear All” to resubmit your signature or “Save” your signature and continue on the final step

Once you click on the “Save” button your photo, government ID and your signature files will be uploaded to the system. Please be patient as it may take a minute or two to complete the upload process. You will be taken automatically to Step 9 – Finalize after the upload files have completed.

Step Nine-Finalize
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With a successful upload of your photo, government ID, and signature you will be presented with a confirmation message that will contain your tracking number as shown in the example below:

Thank you for submitting your photo to the BuckID Photo Upload Site. Your photo, government ID, and signature has been successfully uploaded to our database. Your confirmation number can be used to track the status of your submission from the “Check Status” page. Yourconfirmation number is: 001234567

Once your BuckID has been printed and is available for pickup you will need to bring government-issued ID to our office to obtain your BuckID.