Passport Photo Requirements can be confusing. The U.S. Department of State is strict on what will pass for an acceptable passport photo. Remember that these requirements are also for visa applications too. If your passport photos do not fulfill these requirements, your passport or visa application may be rejected by the U.S. Department of State.
Your passport photo must be:
- a recent color photo taken within the last six months, printed in color, on photo quality paper.
- 2”x2” in size (51mm x 51mm)
- Head size must be between 1 inch and 1 ⅜ inches. You can visit the State Dept website here for more information.
- No smiles. You must have a neutral facial expression. Directly face the camera. No shadows on your face.
- Normal clothing. No uniforms, except for religious clothing worn daily.
- Background must be white or off-white in color.
- You cannot wear a hat or head covering. Nothing can cover your hair or hairline, unless you normally wear it daily for religious purposes.
- No headphones, sunglasses, or similar items can be worn, unless it is a medical device worn daily. Medical certification may be required as proof.
- Prescription glasses and hearing devices worn daily may be included. No glare on glasses or the photo will be rejected.
Passport Photo Requirements are not flexible. If you are concerned about your photos, please review our post on Acceptable Passport Photos or visit a passport agency, CVS, Walgreens, or local photo shop that specializes in passport photos. You may reference the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Photo FAQ Page for additional information.