Two Passport Photos
Two photographs, which meet specific requirements, need to be provided along with your application form for you to apply for a passport. If these requirements fail to be met, the application process could be much slower or your application could be rejected completely, so it's important to get it right first time.
Where can I get my passport photos taken for my application?
Although there are a number of options, we personally recommend Photo-Me booths, found at many supermarkets and even some post offices in England, Scotland and Wales. If this is not an option for you, you could hire a professional photographer to do the same job.
For residents who are not in the United Kingdom, we recommend you visit a professional photographer, as the quality public photo booths abroad cannot be guaranteed to meet the standards of a UK passport application.
How to get correct photo
What should the photos be like?
- Size wise, we require you to provide photos which are 45mm high and 35mm wide.
- Printed either by a professional or in a professional way.
- not taken from a larger picture or pictures
- we only accept photographs which are in colour and on plain white photographic paper
- the background for your photos should be a plain cream or light grey
- have no differentiation between the two photos (ie, they need to be identical)
- not any older than one month old
- with no visible creases or tears
- with no marks on either side, unless a photo has been countersigned
- not tampered with by any computer program or software, like Photoshop
The portrait needs to display
- The applicant's shoulders and full head.
- applicant's eyes should only face forward, directly looking at the camera
- containing no other people, objects, food or other items
- of a size that is between 29mm and 34mm high from the very top of your head (including hair) to your chin
- an expressionless face and closed mouth
- not hats or scarves (unless worn for reasons of religious or medical importance)
- Eyes should always be open, and in no circumstances contain reflection from glasses. We strongly suggest the applicant removes his or her glasses for the passport photograph.
- no redness in the eyes from the flash
- shadows should not be visible
- a clear contrast between the background and the face of the applicant