U.S. passport photo requirements are different to UK and European photo requirements.  Before you get started make sure you check our SlideShare presentation for step-by-step guidance.

Submitting a passport photograph which does not meet the U.S. requirements will delay your application. To avoid this, see our top tips below:

  • Color photograph only;
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance;
  • If you wear glasses, remove them for the photo*;
  • Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper;
  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size;
  • Sized so that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. Eye height is between 1 1/8 inches to 1 3/8 inches (28 mm – 35 mm) from the bottom of the photo;
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background;
  • Full-face view directly facing the camera;
  • A neutral facial expression (preferred) or a natural smile, and with both eyes open;
  • In the case of a baby, the eyes are not required to be open;
  • Normal street attire, without a hat, head covering;
  • No distracting shadows on the face or background. 

*If you must wear eye glasses for medical reasons, you’ll need to submit a signed statement with your application from a medical professional or health practitioner (such as a surgeon or ophthalmologist).

Digitized Photographs

If you choose to submit digitized photographs, they must meet the requirements as listed above or they will be rejected. Some printers will produce an unacceptable photograph in which the dots are seen, or the image is grainy. Acceptable photographs are printed on high-quality photographic paper, have a continuous tone image that is very photo-like, and show the subject clearly in focus.