Photos

Your photo is a vital part of your passport application. To learn more, review the information below on how to provide a suitable photo to avoid passport processing delays. The acceptance of your photo is always at the discretion of the U.S. passport agency.We recommend you use a professional passport photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements.Note: Photos must be 2″x2″ in size with a background that is uniform, plain and white, and free of shadows.

If you are applying for a U.S. Passport, you must provide one (1) photo. Your passport photo must be:

  • In color, printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper
  • Size of photo
    • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
    • Size of head must be between 1 -1 3/8 inches (25 – 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
    • View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.
  • Recent, taken in the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Background must be plain white or off-white
  • Head must be directly facing the camera with your full face in view
  • Taken with a neutral facial expression or a natural smile, with both eyes open
  • No hats or head coverings, unless you wear it daily for religious purposes. Your full face must be visible and your head covering cannot cast shadows on your face.
  • No headphones or wireless hands-free devices.
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear. Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
  • Wearing eyeglasses will no longer be acceptable, except in rare, medically-documented circumstances. “No Eye Glasses Policy”
  • Passport photos may be rejected if:
    There is a visible “red-eye” effect.
    The photo has been retouched or manipulated to alter the appearance of facial features.

Review the Photo Examples to see examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos. Photos copied or digitally scanned from driver’s licenses or other official documents are not acceptable. In addition, snapshots, magazine photos, low quality vending machine or mobile phone photos, and full-length photographs are not acceptable.