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Photo Submission Requirements

To complete your registration, you must provide a recent photo of yourself for identification and test security purposes. This photo will print on your ticket and on the score report that is automatically sent to your high school. ACT will retain the photo for a period of time consistent with active use of test scores and test security purposes.

Photo submission options include:

  • Uploading a photo from your computer
  • Uploading a photo using a mobile device
  • Submitting a printed photo

You are strongly encouraged to complete this part of your registration and print your ticket as soon as possible to ensure everything is in order well before test day.

Your photo must be added by the photo upload deadline for your test date or your registration will be cancelled and you will NOT be admitted to test. You cannot print your ticket until the photo is added—and without a ticket, you can't test!

Also, you must bring a printed copy of your ticket and a separate valid photo ID to be admitted on test day.

After you submit your photo, you will need to log in to your ACT Web account from a computer with a printer connection and print your ticket. You MUST have a printed copy of your ticket to be admitted to the test center on test day.

Photos

Basics

  • Your photo must be a clear image of ONLY you (not blurry, grainy, or fuzzy) against a plain background.
  • The photo must be a full face-and-shoulders shot, squarely facing the camera.
  • You must use a portrait (not landscape) photo that is correctly oriented
  • You must be facing the camera.
  • You cannot wear dark glasses.
  • Your photo cannot be enhanced in any way (for example, no lenses, filters, text, emoji, stickers, etc.)
  • If you wear a head covering daily for religious reasons, adjust it to provide a full-face view.

Additional tips

  • Do not scan your driver's license or school ID photo. The scanned image will not be of high enough quality to meet the system's requirements for an acceptable photo.
  • Do not submit a photo of a photo; just take a photo of yourself.
  • Be sure to hold the camera or mobile device very still.
  • Try turning on a soft overhead light or taking your photo outside in bright light, but avoid having the sun at your back.
  • Make sure there are no shadows over your face.
  • Try standing a few feet in front of a plain wall or other solid color that contrasts with your hair and clothing.
  • Try not to use the camera flash. If you must use flash, take the photo from at least three feet away, and use the camera zoom as needed to center only your face and shoulders within the photo frame.

Uploading Photos

Format and size

  • You can upload a JPG, JPEG, PNG, or BMP image file.
  • The maximum file size is 5MB.
  • If you scan your photo, the resulting file must print as a 2" x 2" image or larger.
  • The photo must be at least 640 x 480 pixels.
  • If you have scanned your photo, crop the image to show only your head and shoulders before you upload it.

Upload from computer

If you have a digital photo on a computer with an Internet connection, you can upload the photo directly to your ACT Web account. You will be prompted to upload your photo and print your ticket when you register online. While you can upload your photo any time up to the deadline noted below, you are strongly encouraged to complete this part of your registration and print your ticket as soon as possible, to ensure everything is in order well before test day.

Minimum system requirements

  • The photo upload works best with Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera.
  • You must have Javascript enabled.
  • Processor: 500MHz or faster
  • RAM: 128MB or more
  • (1.4mbps+ speeds)

Upload from mobile device

To use a mobile device to submit your photo, first download and install one of ACT’s FREE mobile apps described below. You don’t have to have your own mobile device; you can use someone else’s as long as they install the free “ACTPhoto” app.

IMPORTANT: Create your ACT web account on a computer before using the mobile app; you will need to log in with your user ID and password to upload the photo.

iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®

  • Search for the free ACTPhoto app in the AppStore.
  • Download and install ACTPhoto.
  • Submit a photo from the device's library or use the camera.

Available on the App Store.

Android™ (2.3 or higher)

  • Search for the free ACTPhoto app in the Google Play app store.
  • Download and install ACTPhoto.
  • Submit an existing photo from the device or use the camera.

Available on Google Play.

Submit a hard copy paper photo

If you don’t have access to a digital photo to upload via computer, or you don't have access to a mobile device to take and upload a photo, you may submit a hard copy paper photo, which must meet all the photo requirements noted above. The photo will NOT be returned to you.

ACT must receive the hard copy photo by the deadline for your test date listed below. If you miss the paper photo deadline, you may still submit your photo online by the photo upload deadline.

If you miss both the paper photo receipt and photo upload deadline, your registration will be cancelled and you will NOT be admitted to test. If your registration is cancelled, the registration fee will not be refunded. You may, however, request a test date change. You will be required to provide a photo for the new test date. Note: Registrants who request Standby Testing cannot request a test date change; see our Standby Testing page for details.

To submit a paper photo, print a copy of the Photo Submission Form (PDF) and follow the instructions.

 

Deadlines

If you are uploading your photo, your photo must be added by the photo upload deadline for your test date. If you are mailing a paper photo, your photo must be received by the receipt deadline for paper photos. The test dates and deadlines are listed below.

If you miss the deadline, your registration will be cancelled and you will NOT be admitted to test. If your registration is cancelled, the registration fee will not be refunded. You may, however, request a test date change. You will be required to provide a photo for the new test date. Note: Registrants who request Standby Testing cannot request a test date change; see our Standby Testing page for details.

Photo Submission Deadlines
ACT Test DatePhoto Upload Deadline (by midnight central time)Paper Photo RECEIPT Deadline (by midnight central time)
September 9, 2017September 1, 2017August 18, 2017
October 28, 2017October 20, 2017October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017December 1, 2017November 17, 2017
February 10, 2018*February 2, 2018January 19, 2018
April 14, 2018April 6, 2018March 23, 2018
June 9, 2018June 1, 2018May 18, 2018
July 14, 2018*July 6, 2018June 22, 2018

*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February and July test dates.