U.S. Passport Photo Requirements

Passport Photos

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Babies and toddlers are welcome! 

Our State of the Art photo Software will make sure all your passport photos are conform to the Department of State passport photos requirements.

We can also meet the photos specifications of your country or embassy, whether in size or background color.

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How recent must my photos be?
Your photos must have been taken within 6 months of submitting your application and reflect your current appearance.

What size must my photos be?
The photo must be exactly 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm).

What pose should I be in for my photo?
You must directly face the camera.  Profile shots will not be accepted. Your expression should be neutral with both eyes open and directly facing the camera. Photos with unusual expressions and squinting will not be accepted.

Can eyeglasses be worn for the photo?
Eyeglasses worn on a daily basis can be worn for the photo. However, there should be no reflections from the eyeglasses that obscure the eyes. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.  

Can I wear sunglasses or tinted glasses in my photo?
You may only wear prescription glasses that have dark or tinted lenses if you need to wear them for medical reasons.  A medical certificate may be required to verify prescription eyewear. 

Can I wear a hat for the photo?
You may only wear a hat or head covering if you wear it daily for religious purposes. Your full face must be visible and your head covering cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadows on your face.

Can I wear a uniform in my photo?
Uniforms, clothing that looks like a uniform, and camouflage attire should not be worn in photos except in the case of religious attire that is worn daily. 

Can a parent or guardian appear in the photo of a child?
No, the child must be the only person in the photo. Nothing used to support the child should be in the camera's frame, including the arms or hands of a parent holding the child.

Is it acceptable for my child's eyes to be closed in his or her photo?
It is acceptable if an infant's eyes, particularly a newborn's, are not, or are not entirely, open.  All other children must have their eyes open and looking straight ahead towards the camera. 

What’s the best way to take a photo of a baby or toddler?
When taking a photo of your baby or toddler, no other person should be in the photo, and your child should be looking at the camera with his or her eyes open. 

Are photos that are copied from recent driver licenses or other official documents acceptable?
Copied or digitally scanned photos of official documents will not be accepted. In addition, photos must not be digitally enhanced or altered to change your appearance in any way.

Are snapshots, magazine photos, mobile device photos, or photos from vending machines acceptable?
No. Snapshots, magazine photos, low-resolution vending machine photos, mobile device photos, or full-length photographs are not acceptable.

Can I smile in my passport photo?
Yes.  Although we do prefer a neutral facial expression, a natural (unexaggerated) smile is acceptable in passport photos.