UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


How to get a UCL ID Card

Attending a course on campus means you must get an ID Card. See the information below about how to do so.

All UCL students who come onsite are obliged to have a photo identity card. Identity Cards are issued by Security Systems in the Andrew Huxley Building. You can book an appointment to do so here (login with your UCL User ID in the following format: userid@ucl.ac.uk + password, e.g. uczlabc@ucl.ac.uk). The office is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4.30pm. 

You must show one form of personal photo identification such as a Passport, Driver's licence, BRP or EU ID card when you attend your appointment. Please note Security Systems will NOT accept photocopies or digital copies. Your photograph for your UCL ID card will be taken at the desk.  

If you cannot make it in to collect your ID Card, you can send a digital passport-style photo to clie-eveningcourses-support@ucl.ac.uk.  It will take longer to get your card via this method. Your tutor will hand them out in class as soon as they are ready.

Please follow the guidelines carefully below and get your photos to us as soon as possible. 

Photo Requirements: 

  • Be taken against a plain, light-coloured background, preferably white 

  • Contain no other objects or people 

  • Have no shadows on your face or behind you 

  • Be a true likeness of yourself 

  • Be in focus with no red-eye  

  • Be in colour with no effects or filters 

  • Be no more than 5MB  

  • Be one of the following file formats: JPEG or JPG  


In your photo, you must:  

  • Be facing forwards looking straight at the camera 

  • Have a neutral expression or be smiling, with your mouth closed 

  • Have your eyes open and clearly visible (with no sunglasses or tinted glasses) 

  • Have no reflection or glare on your glasses, and the frames should not cover your eyes (you may find it easier to remove your glasses) 

  • Include your full head, without any head covering (unless it is worn for religious beliefs or medical reasons), and have nothing covering your face (please make sure nothing covers the outline of your eyes, nose or mouth)