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FIRST ADULT PASSPORT PHOTO REQUIREMENTS

Two Passport Photos

Overview

Along with your passport application form, you must provide two passport photos which meet the specific requirements. The application could be delayed or rejected if the photos do not fulfil these requirements.

Where to get your passport photo taken?

  • If you are in the UK, you can go to a Photo-Me booth located within most major supermarkets or some post offices. Alternatively you could to go to a professional photographer.
  • If you are outside of the UK, we strongly suggest that you go to a professional photographer as public photo booths abroad may have different standards to those used in the UK.

How to get correct photo

The photos must be

  • 35mm wide by 45mm high - these are the regulatory sizes used in photo machines in England, Wales and Scotland.
  • professionally printed
  • your photo should be an individual photo, not simply a segment of another photo
  • Black and white photos are not accepted. yours should be in colour with a background of white photographic paper
  • shot against a cream or grey background setting
  • both photographs should be exactly the same
  • recent, no older than one month
  • in pristine condition, with no marks (excluding countersignatures if required), stains, tears or creases
  • not changed or edited by programs like Photoshop
  • Please click here for more information on the countersignature
First Adult Passport Photo

The portrait must show

  • your face, head and neck from the shoulders up
  • your eyes looking forward and head facing directly at the camera
  • no other individuals, objects or animals (no exception for children)
  • clearly the top of your head to your chin of a size between 29mm and 34mm
  • a plain expression and closed mouth
  • your head uncovered (unless covered for medical, cultural or religious reasons)
  • Open eyes, without glare or reflection from glasses or a monocle, it is recommended to remove glasses for the photo. No red-eye
  • no shadows
  • a strong contrast between the face and background
First Adult Passport Valid Photo

Child Passport photos

  • Child must be on their alone in their photograph. Babies cannot be holding objects.
  • He or she should be looking into the camera with a plain expression, except under 6 years old.
  • Child must keep their eyes open, unless under 1 year old. If the child's head is being held by a parent's hand, that hand must not be able to be seen in the photo.
Child Passport Photo

Check the application process for a First Adult Passport Application and order a Pre Check Service online

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