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Passport photo requirements

‚ÄčAmount of passport photos you need

You need two identical printed photos if you are applying for a passport. 

You need to get a new photo when you get a new passport, even if your appearance has not changed, the photo needs to have been taken in the last month.

One of the two photos must be signed by someone else if you're applying:

What your photo must look like

The photo must be a close up of your face, head and shoulders. You need to:

  • be facing forward and look 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 (not white)
  • be clear and in sharp focus
You can't 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
We recommend that heavy make-up isn't worn as it can prevent the system from recognising the location of your pupils

Example of good and bad photos

Good and bad examples of how your photo should look:


Children and babies

Children ages five and under don't need to have a neural expression 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 much not be seen.

Size of a passport photo

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



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