Minimum: 600×600 pixels
Maximum: 1200×1200 pixels
(a square aspect ratio)
In color (24 bits per pixel)
In sRGB color space
Less than or equal to 240 kB
Less than or equal to 20:1
Size (in millimeters)
Size (in centimeters)
Size (in inches)
Currently, you can’t submit your application online. While the State Department did offer such an option as a test, it was paused in March 2023. However, the government plans to re-launch the service in full scale in the future.
When applying on the internet, you need to upload a digital photo. It must meet all specifications applicable to physical passport photos, but there are some special standards as well. In particular, the image must be in JPEG format only, while its resolution must be between 600 x 600 and 1200 x 1200 and size within 240 kilobytes.
First, you need to create an account on the MyTravelGov portal. Once you do, the option “Renew Passport” will appear on the website’s front page. After a few disclaimers and eligibility questions, you’ll be offered to enter the information from your old passport, share your travel plans and personal details, and upload a suitable digital image.
Today, the service remains unavailable. However, the Department of State intends to launch it again as soon as possible.
When applying by mail, you will need one physical passport photograph printed out on colored photo paper. The photo must measure 2 x 2 inches and be taken in the last six months. For more information on the official standards refer to the State Department website.
You typically need one when applying for your passport online. But thanks to its universal format, such a digital image can also be used for visas, immigration documents, and work permits.
If you have your image taken on our website, we’ll provide you with an additional template including multiple copies of your new picture. This file is ready-made: you can have it printed anywhere without any further editing.
Since it has to reflect your current appearance, your digital image must be taken in the last six months. This means you can’t use your old passport photo or any other photo taken more than half a year ago.
In the traditional sense, it’s a picture taken with a camera or a camera-equipped electronic device (for example, a smartphone) and processed by a computer system.
When used for passport photos or other official documents, such images can either be submitted as digital copies for online passport renewals (usually, in JPEG or PNG format) or printed out and attached to a paper form.
In contrast to the traditional (that is, physical) passport photos, there are specific standards for such images. When using the online submission form, the applicant has to ensure their digital passport photos meet the following criteria:
Today, most go-to places (like pharmacies or large retail stores) do not provide computer copies, even if you need one for online submission. For example, if you order a Walmart passport photo, they’ll only give you printouts. This rule is often in place for commercial purposes: if a store gave you a copyable photo along with the physical one, you’d be able to use or print it out anywhere as many times as you need, without paying them anything.
Thankfully, there are still options to get digital passport photos or pictures for other documents:
Passport photo booths
Professional photography studios
Passport photo services on the web
There are no two services alike, as they will vary in terms of prices, quality, etc. However, they share certain advantages that are quite useful in online passport renewals—for example, take the PhotoBooth online service:
Make sure to have the right clothes
To contrast with the white background, wear clothing of darker colors. Head coverings are allowed for religious or medical reasons only. Accessories are forbidden in digital passport photos altogether (unless it’s medically necessary glasses).
Ensure good lighting (no shadows)
It’s best if you take your photo in natural light (for example, next to a window with daylight coming in). Good lighting must be smooth and even—there can’t be any shadows on your face or the background of your digital passport photo.
Keep the right camera distance
If you’re using your phone’s front camera, keep it 16-20 inches away from your face. When taking a passport photo with your rear camera, stand 4-6 feet away from it (at this distance, it’s better to have someone help you take a picture).
Look directly into the camera
Check that the camera is at your eye level and look at it directly with a neutral facial expression and your head straight (avoid tilting). Please note: if your phone has a portrait mode, turn it off—digital alterations are unacceptable in such photos.
The whole process is done in 4 easy steps:
That’s all there is to it—next thing you know, you have a compliant picture suitable for online application or printing! Thanks to our advanced verification technology, you can apply without the fear of being rejected. Plus, our photo service offers a 100% money-back guarantee in case you’re not happy with the digital copy of your passport picture.
What’s more, these photos are designed for government-issued identification documents. You can also use them for passes to parks and clubs.