George Mason University uses an online photo submission process. You must follow these steps before attending your scheduled orientation session to receive your Mason ID. For any questions or concerns, you can contact the Mason Card Office at MasonID@gmu.edu.
1. Have your picture taken
No selfies can be used for this photo, so have someone take a digital color photo of you that would be appropriate for official identification. The file format must be .jpg and cannot exceed 2MB.
It is required that your photo has:
- a neutral colored and smooth background (try using a poster board or interior wall)
- proper lighting without shadows (avoid dark or blurry photos)
- a front view of your full face (filling at least 80% of the frame)
- eyes should be open and visible (prescription glasses are ok)
- Head coverings are acceptable when required by religious beliefs, tenants, traditions or customs, and may not cover any portion of the student’s face
- face centered in the frame from just above the top of your head to your collarbone
2. Upload and submit your photo
The next step is to download the Mason Money App to your Android or iPhone. You can also login to the Mason Money website. You will need credentials that you set up in Patriot Pass. Please submit your photo no later than 3 business days prior to your orientation session.
Using Mason Money App (Android)
Start by downloading the Mason Money App from Google Play. You need to log into the app using your Patriot Pass credentials. Select “Settings” and then choose “Update Photo”. Read all the instructions that follow within the app. After you take a photo, you select “Update Account” and your picture will be submitted for review. Remember, no selfies!
Using Mason Money App an on iOS device
Start by downloading the Mason Money App from iTunes. You need to log into the app using your Patriot Pass credentials. Select “Manage Accounts” and then tap the box with your name. You can select either “Take Photo” or “Choose Existing from Library”. After you take and upload a photo, select “Save”. Your picture will then be submitted for review.
Using the Mason Money website
Start by visiting the Mason Money login page. You need to log into the app using your Patriot Pass credentials. Follow the instructions at the top of the page. Select “Choose File” and then locate the photo (.jpg) you want to use. Click on “Upload Photo”. You will need to edit your photo with the “Crop” button. This will require a new window, so make sure your pop-up blocker is disabled. Maximize this new window and then choose the area of the photo that meets requirements. The photo should be from the shoulders up to a few inches above the head. Save the cropped photo and click on the “Upload” box. Your picture will then be submitted for review.
3. Your photo will be reviewed
When your photo has successfully been submitted it will be reviewed by Mason Card Office. You will receive an email to your MasonLive email within 3 business days to let you know whether or not your photo has been approved to be printed on your Mason ID card. If approved, you will receive your ID at the end of your orientation date. If rejected, your will e-mail you with the reasons your photo cannot be used for your Mason ID card and you will be asked to submit another photo.
4. Receive your ID card
Your Mason ID card will be given to you at the end of your orientation session. At that time, you will need to validate your identity and photo. You must bring a government-issued photo ID in order to receive your card, such as a passport or a driver’s license. You will not be given your Mason ID card without this documentation.
5. Tips for taking the perfect ID photo
Make sure you follow the steps above to upload a photo, and make sure you keep these additional tips in mind for a great looking photo.
Avoid the following:
- wearing hats, sunglasses or items that obscure the face
- closed eyes or glare on eyeglasses
- other people or objects visible in the photo
- inappropriate expressions
- group photos
- blurry photos
- black and white or filtered photos
- photos with hands resting on face
- cropping your head or side angle of your face