Visa Photo Card Guidelines

Visa Photo Card Guidelines

VCU reserves the right to refuse any image submitted in conjunction with our Photo Card Service.  Further, if images that are deemed unacceptable by VCU are submitted repeatedly, VCU reserves the right to prohibit future use of this service.

Examples of unacceptable images include, but are not limited to, images that include or depict:

  • Material that could infringe on the copyright or trademark rights of another party, including branded products or services (including abbreviations, acronyms, logos or related symbols)
  • Advertising, promotional materials, company names, trademarks or slogans
  • Phone numbers, addresses or URLs
  • Celebrities, such as actors, musicians, athletes, entertainers, cartoons, nationally known public figures, etc.
  • Material that may be perceived as violent, including hatred or cruelty to humans or animals
  • Alcohol, tobacco or firearms
  • Profanity or obscenities
  • Nudity (either artistic or pornographic)
  • Provocative, derogatory or sexual subject matter of any kind
  • People involved in criminal or illegal activities
  • Opinions or beliefs of political, religious or socially unacceptable groups
  • Racial/prejudicial or discriminatory subject matter

Image Recommendations

To ensure your photo card has the highest image quality , please take these suggestions into consideration:

  • Use digital photography images that are taken in a daylight setting or with flash photography
  • Avoid images taken in low light with fine detail and copy
  • Use high-resolution images – full size images allow for best results (do not downsize photos when sending)
  • Increasing the scale of a small picture may result in lower image clarity
  • Photos taken underwater can create unpredictable results
  • A dark background to a light foreground can create blurriness in the image
  • Try not to use images that contain a lot of solid colors