Acceptable Passport Photos

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Passport Photo Requirements are strictly enforced. Acceptable Passport Photos must follow the strict guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of State. Getting your passport photos incorrect is one of the most common delays for passport processing. You can get passport photos locally at most CVS, Walgreens, or local photo shops that specialize in passport photos. It’s also possible to take your own passport photos. We recommend that you reference the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Photo FAQ Page for additional information if you plan on taking your own photos.



Acceptable Passport Photo Requirements

You will need a recent color passport photo. It should be taken within the last six months. The photo should be printed in color, on photo quality paper. Passport photos must be 2”x2” in size (51mm x 51mm). Your head size must be between 1 inch and 1 ⅜ inches. Keep your facial expressions neutral. You should not be smiling and there should be no shadows on your face. Make sure you are facing the camera directly. Your clothing should be normal every day wear. This means no uniforms, or religious clothing unless it’s normally worn every day. Do not wear any hats or head coverings. Also nothing should cover your hair or hairline, uneless it is normally worn for religious purposes. Do not wear headphones, sunglasses, or any similar devices unless for medical purposes and proof is submitted. If you wear prescription glasses or hearing devices, they may be worn in the photo. Again, you may need to provide medical certification. No glare on your glasses though, as this will cause it to be rejected. The background should be white or off-white in color.


Acceptable Photos Examples:

The following photos are examples of acceptable passport photos provided by the U.S. Department of State. The photo requirements are very strict, so make sure your photos follow these requirements.


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