US Passport Photo Requirements & Size

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  • 2x2 inches ratio
  • Picture in color
  • Recent photo only
  • No glasses
  • No headphones
  • No hat or head cover
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  • Size
  • Colored
  • No accessories
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  5. Perfectly Sized

    The photo is cropped to the ratio given in the requirements. Head dimensions and position are also set up correctly.
  6. Both Digital and Printable

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Photo Specifications & Examples

  1. Dimensions and Proportions
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    As per the requirements, a correct photo for United States passport should be 2"x 2" (51 x 51 mm). Your head should be centered horizontally straight ahead. The face must be sized 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head or between 25 and 35 mm. Your entire head must be visible. Hair may extend past the boundaries of the passport photo frames, for example, if your head proportions are outside the above mentioned width and height range.
  2. Verifies pose, neutral expression, shoulders
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    Official US passport photo requirements say about neutral facial expression, eyes, neck and shoulders facing the camera directly. A natural smile is acceptable. Eyes should be clearly visible. Your head cannot be tilted forward, backward or to a side and must be in the photo in full.
  3. Checks shadows
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    No shadows on the face or background are acceptable. Your passport photos should have natural even light that reproduces your skin tone properly without too much brightness or darkness.
  4. Change Background in Photo
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    According to the governmental requirements, the background should be plain, without objects or other people, white or off-white color. No shadows are allowed in the photo for your new passport.
  5. Clothes, Hats, Hair
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    When taking a photo for your passport, you can't wear a hat, uniform, camouflage attire, jewelry, head covering except for religious or medical reasons (for example, hearing device). Both clothing exceptions require a signed statement for infants, children and adults.
    Your full face should be visible even if you wear clothing or headgear for religious purposes.
    A toddler can't wear a hat like a cap or another head covering or baby bow. School uniform isn't permitted in a passport photo either. Smudges on child and babies clothing are acceptable.
    Make sure your long hair doesn't obscure some part of your face.
  6. Retouching
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    According to the photo requirements, no editing or any retouching is allowed. You can not make your body thinner or polish skin by removing pimples, tattoos, for example. No selfies with social media filters are allowed. Passport photos must not be changed to remove red eye effect.
  7. Properties and Printing Parameters
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    Images are required to be at least 300 DPI (dots per inch printer format setting). Blurry, pixelated, grainy photos won't pass guidelines. Please exclude motion blur when taking a baby’s passport image or your own snapshot with a mobile. We recommend using specialized photo printing shops for 2 x 2 inches width and height clear image printouts. Or if you print the submitted passport picture at home - use higher quality printer ink, photo quality paper and increase the printer’s resolution setting for the best printed passport photo size.
  8. Spectacles
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    The passport picture requirements clearly state that wearing glasses, common eyeglasses, facial piercings or sunglasses is not allowed. When taking a photo, you should remove glasses even if you wear them every day due to medical purposes.
  9. Babies, Kids
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    Baby should be the only one present in their passport photo. No additional objects in the background. Neutral facial expression, natural smile or open mouth, head facing directly the camera. Eyes not entirely open are accepted for newborns and babies. For example, photo must not contain closed eyes. Take a photo at your child eye level, so the eye line is at the correct position. Baby’s face should be entirely seen with no objects obscuring parts of his face. A picture where a hat, head covering for religious reasons, or other clothing that hide infants forehead, nose, eyebrows, hairline are rejected by passport photo rules.
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US Passport Photo Guidelines & Dimensions

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

    The State Department website provides explicit instructions and rules. Your picture must comply with the strict rules and regulations to adhere to the high biometric standards. The U.S. government highlights 8 key U.S. passport photo requirements that you need to ensure before submitting your portrait taken within last 6 months:

    1. Date taken: over the past 6 months
    2. Actual photo with current appearance and age
    3. Dimensions, resolution, and printing
    4. Plain white background (standard for a US passport)
    5. Shadows and lighting
    6. Pose, appearance, and smile. Find out more on the rule: can you smile in a passport photo?
    7. Clothes, hair, and accessories.
    8. No photo editing or retouching

    To learn more about each requirement, please see the examples above.

  2. What size is a passport photo?

    According to the official instructions effective in the country, it must be exactly 2″ x 2″ (51 x 51 mm).

  3. How to make passport size photos?

    Using PhotoBooth Online, you save time and receive a fine result! It’s easy to make snapshots for your new documents. Here’s several tips how to make an acceptable portrait for a US passport online with our photo services:

    1. Find a white background
    2. Cast shadows, adjust light to avoid underexposed result, distance, visibility
    3. Wear everyday clothes, including religious attire worn daily. No uniforms.
    4. Stand straight, keep the photo camera on your eyes level
    5. Keep eyes open, straight shoulders, visible ears
    6. Take a pic with your digital camera
    7. Submit it to the PhotoBooth online passport application
    8. Wait a few moments to get a verified photograph after applying crop frame tool
    9. Download JPEG format files and print your US passport photographs on 4 x 6 inches photo quality paper on a color printer device
  4. What is a passport size photo?

    To be fully compliant, your headshot must be precisely 2″ x 2″ (51 x 51 mm), with your head centered and sized between 1″ and 1.4″ (25 and 35 mm).

  5. Can I wear glasses in my passport photo?

    As provided in the official instructions, you can’t wear glasses, dark glasses, tinted lenses, or sunglasses on your 2 inches (51mm) x 2 inches (51mm) US passport document, even if you do it due to medical reasons.

  6. How many photos do I need to provide per U.S. passport photo requirements?

    You need to provide one high quality 2 x 2 inch file printed on glossy or matte professional photographic paper that meets the list of specs on the State Department website page.

  7. How recent does your passport photo need to be?

    You can submit a new snapshot or one taken within the past six months. Other 2 x 2 inches full face photos are rejected as not conforming to the official photo requirements.

  8. What color is the background for US passport photo?

    A plain white or off-white is the background color per the guidelines issued by the Department of State.

  9. How to make plain white background for U.S. passport photo online?

    PhotoBooth Online automatically makes off white background as requested by the Department of State for 2 x 2 inches full face snapshots to be printed on matte or glossy paper. You don’t have to do anything with your uploaded JPG. However, if you wish, you can take a new photo against a white wall or a white blanket or a white bedsheet.

Why You Get Photos that Meet American Passport Photo Criteria

Correct Dimensions

In the frame, your head will take up between 1 and 1 3/8 inches (25-35 mm) and be centred.

Right Print Size

The official photo requirements for a passport: 51mm wide and 51mm high or 2×2 inches.

Right Background

PhotoBooth Online sets white as your document background.

High Resolution

Your portrait will be 600 pixels wide and 600 pixels tall.

No Shadows

Your passport photo will have even lighting with no shadows.

Сlear picture

PhotoBooth Online never makes any blurry, pixelated or grainy pictures.