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UK Passport Photo Requirements & Size

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  • 35x45 mm size
  • Photograph in colour
  • Recent headshot only
  • No hair covering
  • Do not smile
  • Nothing in background
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  • size of British passport photos
  • Photograph in colour
  • No accessories like sunglasses or other objects in background
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    Run a compliance check against the applying rules in a mere click. We guarantee that your passport size photos will comply with the requirements.
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    Take a selfie at home with our photo booth. Then download a ready JPEG of the exact passport photo size and apply online. Save time with our crop service!
  4. Every Detail Visible

    PhotoBooth Online sizes HD JPEG or PNG files according to the professional standard. They are prepared for print in colour on white photographic paper.
  5. Right Size

    Our British passport application crops your digital photo to the required 35mm x 45mm size. Your head and visible upper body will be proportioned correctly.
  6. Children & Adults

    We can make compliant images for every age. The result will meet the size standards for a British passport photo and age-dependent appearance requirements.

UK Passport Photo Guidelines & Examples

  1. Proportions and Facial Expression
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    Like in many other countries of the world, the standard UK passport photo size is 45 x 35 millimetres (3.5 x 4.5 centimetres). Also, the official requirements clearly state that your head should fill most of the space and be centred and sized between 29 and 34 mm from your chin to the top. Pose in such a way that your full face is visible in the photo, and your hair cannot cover any part of it. In addition to that, please make sure there is no tilt.
  2. Try not to smile
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    The UK passport photo requirements require you to keep a straight face in your photo. Lips closed, maintain an upright pose, look straight at the iPhone or Android phone or camera you're using, keep a neutral facial expression, eyes open, and shoulders facing the objective lens. If you've made a digital photo where you're smiling, don't try to edit it, just take a new one of the same size. If edited, your headshot will be rejected during the British passport application process.
  3. Your photo must be shadow-free
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    No shadows on your face, glare, reflections on your face or spectacles are allowed. Photos taken in a dark room are not accepted, as you should be fully visible. Adjust brightness, contrast and size on your digital camera beforehand. Stand or sit in a room with at least one window to ensure there’s enough natural lighting. Also, you can turn on the flash lighting option on your smartphone, tablet or another mobile device you're taking your photos with.
  4. Backdrop
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    The government's instructions recommend that you choose plain light coloured background (grey or off white is the best choice). Remember that there must not be any other objects of any size or other people posing in your photos. The official requirements do not allow any shadows in the backdrop behind you as well. Black-and-white headshots will be rejected, too, as only a coloured UK passport photo meets the guidelines.
  5. Dress code and haircut
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    You cannot wear a hat or headgear in your UK passport photos except for religious or medical reasons (for example, hearing aids). Both exceptions require a signed statement from you. Don't put on a uniform. Also, your hairstyle must be of a reasonable size, as it can’t cover any part of your face (see our blog post 'Can You Have a Fringe In a Passport Photo?'). Religious attire is permitted in photos, but your face must be fully visible. As for cosmetics, the current passport application guidelines allow to wear a simple makeup.
  6. Image Editing
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    The UK passport photo requirements forbid using any editing computer software, PhotoShop-like tools, retouch tools or editing web services. Also, do not apply any special effects or makeup filters to your new photos. Only an unaltered picture can be used to renew your UK passport or get a new one. Even if there's a red eye effect, we wouldn't recommend to try and remove it. In most cases, it's safer to take a new headshot than edit your photos.
  7. Digital & Printed Proportions
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    If you apply for a UK passport online with a digital photo at home with your phone, your image must be at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels high for online submission. The size of a passport photo must be at least 50 KB and no more than 10MB. Blurry, pixelated, grainy pictures will be rejected. If you apply for a British passport with a printed image, make sure to use high quality paper and a printer with at least 300 DPI settings. No borders are allowed on printouts.
  8. Eyeglasses
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    If you wear prescription spectacles on a daily basis for medical purposes and can't move around without them, you don't need to worry. As long as there is no glare or reflection in the photos, you can keep them. But mind that glasses with a tint or with big size frames over a large part of your face, tinted lenses are not permitted. Also, you cannot wear sunglasses (or any other accessory completely or partially hiding your eyes).
  9. Young child or infant
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    According to the UK passport photo requirements, your little one must be alone in the image, no matter what size he or she is. Holding a toy or a similar object in the photo is not acceptable. When a parent takes digital photos, they must remove their hand from the frame. Neutral expression, preferably mouth closed, full head visible and facing the camera directly. When taking pictures of a newborn, mind that it's okay if the toddler's eyes aren't open entirely.
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UK Passport Photo Dimensions & Tips

  1. What are the requirements for a UK passport photo?

    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.

  2. What are the requirements for a baby passport photo UK?

    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.

  3. What size is a passport photo UK in cm?

    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.

  4. What size is a digital passport photo UK?

    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.

  5. How to resize a photo to passport size?

    It’s easy to change a larger JPEG to the correct proportions for a British passport online.
     

    1. visit the PhotoBooth Online website
    2. select the Upload button
    3. provide a new photo taken with your iPhone or Android smartphone within the last month
    4. the app will automatically run the cropping format program per the applicable requirements for a British passport photo
    5. wait a few seconds to get your UK passport size photo
    6. proceed to save the resulting file for printing

     
    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.

Make Sure You Meet All UK Passport Photo Rules

Correct Photo Size

The full head height must be between 29 and 34 mm. Our tool will help you check and validate the head proportions to ensure your application will pass.

Right Digital Photo

We process your pictures automatically per the official requirements for a digital passport photo: it'll be 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels high.

Plain Light Background

When renewing your passport or getting a new one, use our photo maker. If the background is wrong, it automatically sets it to plain cream or light grey.

High Resolution

We'll make sure there is no blurry mess or shadow. Your clear HD photo for documents will be ready for printing and attaching to the form application.

No Shadows

Aside from being shadow free, your photo must have the proper brightness, correct size and contrast. If it's all OK, you're ready for submitting.

Any Number of Photos

Want to process 3, 10 or 200 headshots for your UK passport? Not a problem, we don't set any limits for uploaded photos. It’s a free app.