His Majesty’s Passport Office issues up-to-date requirements and regulations – both for digital photos and printed paper form.
As for general UK passport specifications, your photo must be taken within the last month, i. e. your appearance in it should be as actual as possible. Also, if you’re struggling when taking a headshot by yourself, ask a family member or friend to be your photographer. For the backdrop, use a plain light coloured background.
The other (more specific) terms and specs for passport photos indicate major principles of document image acceptance/denial such as photo quality, correct size, right clothing (including that worn for religion reasons), glasses, earrings and other jewelry, hair, beard, lighting, neutral facial expression, and no tinted glasses. See the details above and use our free online UK photo checker to confirm your picture against UK passport requirements. In case of doubts, use our free photo maker to submit a picture that meets all the photo guidelines for a British passport application.
These are generally less strict. For example, your boy or girl might open their mouth a bit. It’s not necessary for the kid to look straight at the camera. But still, the newborn can’t hold any holiday toys or dummies. Also, the baby passport photo requirements clearly state that parents can’t be in the photo with their kids.
The photo dimensions are 4.5 cm high x 3.5 cm wide to comply with the requirements. This specification is the most common one, as it applies in many countries around the world.
The digital image resolution should be at least 750 x 600 (height and width measured in pixels). There is no specified maximum ratio, but it obviously should be within reason, as the image cannot take up more than 10MB of space.
It’s easy to change a larger JPEG to the correct proportions for a British passport online.
Apply online immediately at the UK passport online submission page, following the instructions. If you don’t want to send in your digital UK passport photo through the online application form, you can do it in person by mail. Simply take the photo to the nearest post office to submit it to the authorities for your British passport.