Two Passport Photos
When applying for your new passport you will not only have to provide an application form, but also two passport photos. To be considered valid, these two photographs will have to meet specific criteria. If these criteria are not met then your entire application could be postponed, stalled or rejected outright.
Where to have passport photos taken?
Finding a place to have your passport photos taken isn't always easy, especially when you need to meet such specific requirements! We strongly recommend Photo-Me booths. These are generally found in UK supermarkets and sometimes in post offices too. If you are unable to find a Photo-Me booth you do have the option of visiting a professional photographer.
For those of you who are applying for your passport outside of the UK it is important that you use a professional photographer as photo booths abroad are not necessarily going to meet the same standards as the ones in the UK.
How to get correct photo
What should your photos look like?
- your photographs need to be 45mm high by 35mm wide
- expertly printed
- not in any way taken or cut out from other pictures
- printed on plain white photographic paper and in colour
- against a backdrop of plain cream or light grey
- both exactly the same as each other
- taken very recently, photographs older than 30 days may be rejected
- not torn or creased
- not marked in anyway (with the exception of signatures)
- not manipulated or altered by a computer software, like Photoshop
- Please click here for more information on the countersignature
What should your portrait display?
- your hair, head and most of your shoulders
- Eyes should be open, looking forward, free from the glare of glasses (or with no glasses at all) no red-eye with a closed mouth and plain expression.
- there should be nothing else in the photograph except the subject, including no objects or other people (this rule applies to children too)
- must be between 29mm and 34mm from chin to the top of the head
- nothing on your head (unless whatever is being worn has religious or medical importance)
- shadows are not permitted
- a clear contrast is required between the face of the subject and their background