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Identification Act, 1997 (Act No. 68 of 1997)


Identification Regulations, 1998

4. Photographs



(1) The copies of the photographs referred to in section 9, which must be identical, shall meet with the following requirements:
(a) The outside measurements shall be as follows:

Length - 40 mm;

Width - 30 mm;

(b) the background of the photograph shall be plain and free of shadows and shall not have a white lining;
(c) only the head and shoulders of the person concerned shall be included in the photograph, and the head from the chin to the top of the hair shall not be smaller than 22 mm and not larger than 25 mm;


(i) the person concerned shall be photographed without any head-gear or veil, and any other additions to the face which tend to alter the natural likeness shall be removed: Provided that the Director-General may exempt any person or any category of persons from any of these requirements;
(ii) spectacles may be worn provided that the lenses do not make the eyes invisible. Spectacles with dark lenses may be worn if the eyes will appear distorted without them or if the person is blind;
(e) the full face of the person concerned shall be photographed directly from the front, and the head may not be bent or turned sideways;
(f) the face shall be a recognisable likeness of the person and the head, hair, eyebrows, eyes, nose and moustache or beard, if any, shall be sharply and clearly defined;
(g) neither the photograph nor the copies thereof may be defaced by holes, pencil or ink marks or in any other manner.


(2) The Director-General may reject the copies of the photographs if they do not, in his or her judgement, comply with the requirements mentioned in subregulation (1), or if he or she deem them unsuitable in other respects, in which case the person concerned shall provide two new copies at his or her own cost.


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