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

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.

Students who wish to apply for an exception due to religious prohibitions should call ACT at 319.337.1270 to discuss their individual situation as early in the process as possible and no later than the regular registration deadline for their desired test date.




  • 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

  • Make sure your facial features and hair are visible. Excessive light, shadow, or busy backgrounds might make your photo unacceptable for use.
  • If you wear a head covering daily for religious reasons, adjust it to provide a full-face view.
  • 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.

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

You will be prompted to upload your photo when you register online. If you register using your smartphone, you may be able to directly upload a saved photo or take a photo directly from your device.

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. 


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. 

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

If you miss the paper photo deadline, you may still submit your photo online by the photo upload deadline.



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.

Photo Submission Deadlines
ACT Test DatePhoto Upload Deadline (by midnight central time)Paper Photo RECEIPT Deadline (by midnight central time)
September 12, 2020
September 13, 2020 September 19, 2020
September 4, 2020August 28, 2020
October 10, 2020
October 17, 2020
October 24, 2020
October 25, 2020
October 2, 2020September 25, 2020
December 12, 2020December 4, 2020November 20, 2020
February 6, 2021January 29, 2021January 15, 2021
April 17, 2021April 9, 2021March 26, 2021
June 12, 2021June 4, 2021May 21, 2021
July 17, 2021*July 9, 2021June 25, 2021

*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the July test date.

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.