RFW database is publicly available. It is free for the research purpose.
Permission to use but not reproduce or distribute the RFW database is granted to all researchers given that the following steps are properly followed:

Send an e-mail to Ms. Mei Wang ( before downloading the database. You will need a password to access the files of this database. We will check the e-mail twice per week. Your Email MUST be set from a valid offical (University or Company) account and MUST include the following text:


Subject: Application to download the RFW Face Database
Name: <your first and last name>
Affiliation: <University or Company where you work>
Department: <your department>
Position: <your job title>
Email: <must be the email at the above mentioned institution>

I have read and agree to the terms and conditions specified in the RFW face database webpage.
This database will only be used for research purposes.
I will not make any part of this database available to a third party.
I'll not sell any part of this database or make any profit from its use.