Image requirements for ID documents
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For Intermediate and Pro level verification, we only accept valid government-issued ID documents.

What is an acceptable ID scan or photo?

Image requirementsReasons for rejection
✓ Full color image✘ Image is black & white (or grayscale)
✓ All details on ID are readable ✘ Image has a watermark✘ Image is blurred✘ Image has any other obfuscation
✓ ID is well lit✘ ID details are obscured by light glare or reflections (be careful with flash!)
✓ ID is in good shape✘ ID is torn, badly damaged or has holes
✓ ID is in upright position✘ ID is rotated sideways or upside-down
✓ ID occupies most of the image✘ Too much space around the ID
✓ Background is visible all around the ID by 1-2 cm (1/2"-1") ✘ ID edge is cropped (even if "just a little bit")


In addition to the points above, IDs of US clients using Synapse must meet the following requirements:

US Image requirementsReasons for rejection
✓ Background is a contrasting color (e.g. dark for light colored ID)✘ Background is the same or similar color as the ID

How can I take a good scan or photo?

For tips on how to get the scan or photo just right, view our Support article.

You will also need to make sure that your image meets our technical parameters

Good examples

An ideal image of an ID card


An ideal image of a passport


Unacceptable examples

ID is too blurry


ID edges are not visible


Even a little bit of crop is not OK...


ID is not in color


Background is not contrasting