Photo for your Athena Card

So that your photo can be used for the Athens card, there are some technical requirements and prerequisites for the image to be considered.

Photo requirements

  • head-on portrait
  • head fills entire images
  • face is clearly visible
  • ratio: 3:4 in portrait format
  • minimal resolution: 480 x 640 pixels. Larger image files are scaled down to 480 x 640 pixels and saved at a maximum size of 62 kB.
  • file format: JPEG

For examples see prototype by the German federal printing office (opens in new tab).

Further Information

Gimp is an image processing software that can be used free of charge on different operating systems. You can download the current version at

Your file will be removed 10 days after your Athene Karte is released from the printing system. The image file in your HRZ user account can be deleted after receiving your card. However, your picture must then be uploaded again if you should require a additional card (in case of loss of or changes to the existing card).

HRZ's service counters at Stadtmitte and Lichtwiese offer taking your photo during their opening hours .

Please schedule appointments for groups via email: .