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Photographs and Fingerprints

USCIS requires photographs and fingerprints for certain applications. The information below tells you which applications require photographs and fingerprints and how they are provided to USCIS.

Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Residence Card

If you are e-Filing Form I-90, you do NOT need to submit paper photographs and you do NOT need to self-schedule an appointment at an Application Support Center for the electronic capture of your biometrics. You will receive a notice in the mail from the USCIS that will provide you with your USCIS-scheduled appointment for capturing biometrics and photographs at an Application Support Center.

You MUST bring the following materials to your biometrics appointment, or processing of your Form I-90 will NOT be completed at your scheduled time:

  • Biometrics appointment notice.
  • Photo Identification. Acceptable kinds of photo identification are:

Passport or national photo identification issued by your country, or

Driver’s license, or

Military photo identification, or

State-issued photo identification card.

  • All required initial evidence, including your prior card OR other evidence of permanent residence or commuter status.
  • Any supporting documentation, which may include but is not limited to:

Court ordered name change,

Marriage certificate,

Birth certificate, or

Police report for a stolen or lost card.

Form I-131, Application for a Travel Document

If you are e-Filing Form I-131, you will need to submit two identical color paper photographs with your Supporting Documents. See Paper Photograph Requirements for more information.

You do not need to submit fingerprints for this form.

Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

If you are e-Filing Form I-765, you do NOT need to submit paper photographs and you do NOT need to self-schedule an appointment at an Application Support Center for the electronic capture of your biometrics. You will receive a notice in the mail from the USCIS that will provide you with your USCIS-scheduled appointment for capturing biometrics and photographs at an Application Support Center.

You MUST bring the following materials to your biometrics appointment, or processing of your Form I-765 will NOT be completed at your scheduled time:

  • Biometrics appointment notice.
  • Photo Identification. Acceptable kinds of photo identification are:

Passport or national photo identification issued by your country, or

Driver’s license, or

State-issued photo identification card.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/03/2010