What your photo must look like
Your photos must be:
- printed to a professional standard
- clear and in focus
- in colour on plain white photographic paper with no border
- without any creases or tears
- unmarked on both sides (unless a photo needs to be countersigned)
- unaltered by computer software
- What your printed photos must show
Your photos must:
- be a close-up of your full head and upper shoulders
- contain no other objects or people
- be taken against a plain cream or light grey background
- be in clear contrast to the background
- not have ‘red eye’
In your photo, you must:
- be facing forwards and looking straight at the camera
- have a plain expression and your mouth closed
- have your eyes open and visible
- not have hair in front of your eyes
- not have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)
- not have anything covering your face
- not have any shadows on your face or behind you
Do not wear glasses in your photo unless you have to do so. If you must wear glasses, they cannot be sunglasses or tinted glasses, and you must make sure your eyes are not covered by the frames or any glare, reflection or shadow.
Example of good and bad photos
Good and bad examples of how your photo should look:
Children and babies
Children must be on their own in the picture. Babies must not be holding toys or using dummies.
Children under 6 do not have to be looking directly at the camera or have a plain expression.
Children under one do not have to have their eyes open. You can support their head with your hand, but your hand must not be visible in the photo.
Size of a passport photo
Your photo must be 45 mm high and 35 mm wide.