US Passport / Visa Photo Requirements and Size
When renewing a United States passport, your photo needs to meet their requirements in all aspects. My Passport Photos will save you time and money by making sure that your photo is right the first time. Simply review and follow the Quick Facts below and My Passport Photos will process the correct photo each time.
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Size: 2×2 inches.
Color: Photo must be in color and not in black or white.
Head size and position: The head should be between 1 and 1 3/8 inches from chin to the top of your head.
Recency: Cannot be older than the past six months.
Background: Solid white or a shade off white.
Smile: It’s encouraged to use a neutral expression, however, you can use a soft, natural smile if preferred.
Eyes: Open and visible.
Glasses: No glasses are allowed to be worn
Headgear: No hats, beanies or other head coverings are allowed unless it’s for religious reasons.
Dimensions and size (pixels): 600×600 pixels minimum and 1200×1200 maximum.
Attire, clothing, dress code: No uniforms. Most other clothing is acceptable.
Beard: If you normally have a beard, keep it. If not, then don’t grow one for the picture.
Quantity needed in application: 2 per person and per application.
United States Passport Photo and Visa Photo Requirements, Rules, Guidelines, and specifications
Here is a more in depth idea of what you should and shouldn’t do when taking a professional passport or visa photo:
Be sure the lighting is correct as an underexposed or overexposed photo could be rejected.
It needs to be recent. Any photo more than 6 months old will need to be retaken.
A good rule of thumb is your nose should be the center of the photo.
Solid background only. No designs or colored background permitted.
Clothing: Avoid wearing a military uniform or any other type of work uniform. Attire for religious purposes is acceptable. Be cautious of wearing bulky scarves around the neck as they can decrease visibility of the head.
No eyewear are permitted.
If hearing aids are worn on a daily basis, they are allowed in the photo. Other devices such as wired or wireless headphones, Bluetooth and any other device other than a hearing aid are not to be worn.
Printed pictures to be submitted with passport application should be on glossy or matte paper.
If you are looking to take the photo yourself or scan an existing one, there are a few checklist items to be aware of:
Photos may not be digitally enhanced or altered.
You can use the government’s free tools to help get the correct photo for submission.
Be sure to use a plain background and that your face covers about 55% of the photo with face centered.
Use correct pixel dimensions as stated earlier.
Rules and requirements for babies, infants, and newborns Passport and Visa photos
One important note about infant and children photos is you cannot be in the photo with them. Each child needs to have their own separate photo taken and submitted with their own application. Below are some tips for acceptable photo taking:
Use a plain white sheet for infants to lay on when taking a picture. This is for either professionals or your own personal use.
If you prefer to use a car seat for support of the infant’s head, be sure to have a plain white sheet on it.
Before snapping the picture, check for shadows on his or her face. Both eyes need to be open and the infant looking at the camera.
For older children, the above rules and guidelines are applicable. If a child’s photo differs from their appearance, the government does not require a new image if the change comes from the natural aging process.