The FIAP Life Card is a credit card sized identification document, which serves as an ID card and, unlike the now obsolete ‘Photographer’s Card’, carries a unique ID Number.  Although having no status outside FIAP, the card can be very useful to show as a photographic credential.

FIAP’s rules require that a person must be the holder of a FIAP Life Card before they can apply for a FIAP Distinction. You must also be the holder of one of these cards to attend any FIAP Congress, AGM or FIAP Photo Meeting. You can apply for one at any time without necessarily holding or being an applicant for a Distinction.

If you do not hold either a ‘FIAP Life Card’ or ‘Photographers Card’ it will be compulsory for applications for the card to be made by the applicants themselves via the FIAP Platform at:-

When you open this web page you will find there is a video explaining the process in detail.  In reality the process is a two stage one. Initially what you will be required to do is to create your own “Personal Profile” on the Platform. You will then go on to make your application for your FIAP Life Card.

There is a charge for the FIAP Life Card, payable through the website, of €50, plus postage and PayPal charges.

  • Unless you already hold a FIAP Life Card, you will need to obtain one to make your first application for a distinction. You will therefore have to obtain your card BEFORE you apply.
  • If you are already the holder of a FIAP Life Card or a ‘FIAP Photographers Card’ and your last FIAP Distinction was gained in 2018 or earlier, this will have been provided without you having created a “Personal Profile”. Before you can apply for a new Distinction you MUST use the above link and create your own “Personal Profile”. To do this, follow the procedure to create your profile, BUT do not go on to the second part of the process to apply for a FIAP Life Card.  That way you will not be charged for creating your profile.
  • If your last distinction was gained in 2019 or later then you will have created a “Personal Profile” and need take no further action in this respect before applying for a further distinction.
  • When your “Personal Profile” is created you will be supplied with what is known as an “FP Number”.  It is a random 7 digit number, which will also be used as your “username” This together with your chosen password will enable access to your “Personal Profile” on the ’myfiap’ Platform in future.
  • When you receive your FIAP Life Card it will carry a different number, which will usually start with the numbers 826 (the United Nations Country Code for the UK), followed by a further 5 digits.
  • You MUST retain these numbers somewhere safe because you will be required to supply BOTH of them with any application for a FIAP Distinction.

Updating and Replacing FIAP Life Cards

  • If after receiving a new distinction or if, for any other reason, you require a replacement or amended card then the process is different.  You will need to go to your “Personal Profile” on the ‘myfiap’ Platform (using your username and password) to request an updated or replacement card. There is a charge for this service of £30, but in this case payment has to be made by cheque, payable to your FIAP member (‘PAGB’, Scottish Photographic Federation or Welsh Photographic Federation as appropriate) and sent to your FIAP Liaison Officer at his/her address.
  • It is important to understand that it is NOT compulsory to update your FIAP   Life Card on receipt of a FIAP Distinction. It is your choice.
  • Such requests will be collated by your Liaison Officer who, at the appropriate time, will send them to FIAP to be processed. (For PAGB, this will usually be once a year and shortly after each year’s batch of applications has been completed and certificates sent out).