It’s important to make sure that the photo you submit with your passport application meets all of the State Department’s passport photo requirements and it may have changed since you first did photo for your previous passport. Not having the right dimensions and quality of passport photo is a common reason that passport applications are rejected or suspended. Read on for all the passport photo information you need to make sure your photo will be accepted.
Passport Photo Requirements
All photos must have been taken in the last six months and generally reflect your current appearance
As of November 1st, 2016, no glasses are allowed in passport photos. If you are unable to remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a note from your doctor with your passport application.
The photo background should be white or off-white
Your face should show a neutral expression or a natural smile, with both eyes open
Your head must face the camera directly with your full face in view
All clothing is allowed. Hats or head coverings are not permitted unless worn for religious reasons.
2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)
Your head must be between 1 – 1 3/8 inches (25 – 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper
Only one photo is required for a passport application
Photo Basics Information
Submit a color photo, taken in last 6 months
Use a clear image of your face. Do not use filters commonly used on social media.
Have someone else take your photo. No selfies.
Take off your eyeglasses for your photo.
Use a plain white or off-white background.
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You cannot wear glasses.
If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a signed note from your doctor with application.
Taken in clothing normally worn on a daily basis.
You cannot wear a uniform, clothing that looks like a uniform, or camouflage attire.
You cannot wear a hat or head covering.
If you wear a hat or head covering for religious purposes, submit a signed statement that verifies that the hat or head covering in your photo is part of traditional religious attire worn continuously in public.
If you wear a hat or head covering for medical purposes, submit a signed doctor's statement verifying the hat or head covering in your photo is used daily for medical purposes.
Your full face must be visible and your hat or head covering cannot cast shadows or cover up part of your face.
You cannot wear headphones or wireless hands-free devices.
You can wear jewelry and keep on your facial piercings as long as they do not hide your face. Permanent tattoos are acceptable for passport purposes as well.
Our Passport Photo Reccomendations
We always recommend using a professional photographer. The best choice is to use photo service for your passport photo. Taking a photo that satisfies the following conditions requires an eye for the camera position and lighting is essential. You must remember that small mistakes that an amateur photographer might not notice – off-center, too many shadows, under or overexposed – could result in your photo being rejected by the Department of State for passport applications or consular officers processing visa applications.
Examples of Good Passport Photo
We hope that our information was useful and now you are ready to start your work with us
All information was created due to the Internet, open sources and the US State Department web site.
You can take your passport photo in Shipping Centers. FedEx Office and UPS offer passport photo services. Professional Photography Studios, U.S. Passport Offices, Registered Passport Expediters are the variant to make your Passport photo.
Does the U.S. post office take passport photos?
If your local Post Office accept passport applications, yes. For a $15 fee, your passport photo may be taken at many of the Post Office. Please check with your local Post Office facility to make sure it offers photo service.
Can you smile in us passport photo?
Yes, but it must be a natural, unexaggerated smile. Both your eyes must be open.