Nobody likes having their passport photos taken. However you needn’t worry the following tips will guide you through the minefield of special requirements. Passport dimensions can vary from country to country, here are the measurements of US style Passport pictures.
You will require two identical pictures that will need to be submitted with your passport application form.
The paper your passport photos are printed on must be of special photo-media quality.
Your Passport pictures must be printed in colour.
Your pictures must be current and up to date within the last six months.
The size of the photos that you submit should be 2″ x 2″ to be acceptable.
The passport pictures should clearly show a full frontal view of your face. You should be dressed in everyday clothing without headgear or tinted spectacles against a plain white or off-white backdrop. You should adopt a neutral expression with mouth closed and eyes fully open looking straight ahead. If your pictures are blurred then they will be rejected.
The dimensions of your head measured between the bottom of the chin and top of the crown must be within 1″- 1 and 3/8″. The position of your head must be central neither looking up, down or off to one side. Your head must cover approximately fifty percent of the photograph area.
A headscarf of covering can be worn for reasons of religion but your full face must be visible.
You may wear everyday spectacles in the passport photo, however there should be no glare or reflection that obscures your eyes.
If you wear sunglasses on medical grounds you will be able to leave them on in your photos. However you may be asked to send supporting evidence from your medical practitioner in the form of a letter.
Uniforms in passport pictures should be avoided unless they are being worn on religious grounds.
It can be difficult to get passport photos of children in which case it is advisable to have them taken professionally. Parents and Grandparents shouldn’t be visible in the pictures and any props or posing aids should be totally absent from the final photo.
It is not possible to re-use your picture from an old driving license of photo ID. Neither should you digitally enhance or change your photograph before submitting it with your passport application as it will be rejected.
Copying your photo from a magazine or book is not allowed. Pictures taken at a photo booth will generally not comply with the requirements. A regular holiday snap from your photo album will not be acceptable.
It is possible to use your own digital camera at home to take your photos if it is of a high enough quality. The camera must be able to take pictures at a resolution of 1 million pixels or more. However when printing your passport photos you should go to a professional lab as most home printers cannot produce a satisfactory result.