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Our photo technicians are trained to provide you with professional passport, picture ID, and green card photos. When you plan to travel abroad, you’ll need a passport as proof of your identity. One of the main elements of your passport is the photo, but you can’t use just any photo. A correct photo will streamline the passport registration process while using a photo that doesn’t meet those requirements is one of the most common causes of delays when it comes to getting your passport.
Starting November 1, 2016, eye glasses will no longer be allowed in passport photos.
Passport Photo Requirements
- Passport photo size 2 x 2
- Taken within the past 6 months
- Color photo only (black and white photos are no longer accepted)
- Full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background
- Between 1 Inch and 1 3/8 Inches from the bottom of the child
- Taken in normal street attire
Passport Photos for Infant
It may be difficult to take a photo of a child, especially an infant, that perfectly meets these requirements. A child’s eyes may not be fully open, a child may smile or a seat may appear in the background. However, it’s best to encourage children to meet adult passport photo requirements. Because of these requirements, many people opt to use the services of a professional photographer, especially one who is experienced with passport photos to expedite the process.
Religious Passport Photo
If you need to wear a burqa, topi (taqiyah) or a headscarf this is acceptable, but you need to add an additional letter stating that you are wearing this item on top of your head for religious purposes.
How to Take Your Passport Photo?
If you are going to take your passport photo you must not be wearing a white clothing. This is because all passport photos must be taken on a white background. Therefore, doing so would get your passport application rejected. This in fact is the main reason why some passport applications are denied. A passport photo must be taken on an off-white background. If the background is blue, red, pink, orange or yellow background this is not acceptable by the passport agency.
You will find instructions on your application for submitting your photo and application to the State Department in Washington D.C. For a list of passport agencies and offices nearby visit the passport help guide.