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Photo requirements for passport applications

​​​What your photo must look like​​

The photo must be a close up of your face, head and shoulders and must be taken within the last month. 

You must:

  • be facing forward and looking straight at the camera
  • have a neutral expression with your mouth closed (no smiling, frowning or raised eyebrows)
  • have your eyes open and clearly visible (no sunglasses or hair across the eyes)
  • show your full head without any covering (unless for religious beliefs or medical reasons)
  • be against a cream or light-grey background 
  • be clear and in sharp focus

You must not have:

  • glare or reflection on glasses (we recommend that glasses are removed if possible)
  • other objects or people in the photo
  • shadows
  • anything covering​ your face
  • 'red-eye'

Examples of good and bad photographs​​​

Here are some good and bad examples of what your passport photo must look like:​

Children and babies​​

Children aged five and under don't need to have a neutral expres​sion or to look directly at the camera. 

Babies under one don't need to have their eyes open. 

If your baby's head needs to be supported​, the supporting hand must not be seen. 

Size​​​ of the photos​​​​​

Your photo must be 45mm high x 35mm wide. 


Number of photographs you need to supply​​​

You need to send two identical photos. Don't attach them to the form. 

One of the two photos must be countersigned if:

  • you're applying:
    • ​to renew a passport
    • for a first British passport (adult or child)
    • for a child passport
  • you're replacing a lost, stolen or damaged passport
  • you can't be recognised from the photograph in your current passport
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