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*** This information from third party site: travel.state.gov

US Photo Requirements

You must provide 1 photo with your application.

 

Requirements for a Good Passport Photo

  • Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper

  • Size of photo

    • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size

    • Size of head must be between 1 -1 3/8 inches (25 - 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.

  • Recent, taken in the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance

  • No glasses

    • If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a signed note from your doctor with your application.

  • Background must be plain white or off-white

  • Head must be directly facing the camera with your full face in view

  • Taken with a neutral facial expression or a natural smile, with both eyes open

  • In color

  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis

  • No hats or head coverings, unless you wear it daily for religious purposes. Your full face must be visible and your head covering cannot cast shadows on your face.

  • No headphones or wireless hands-free devices.

To see examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos, please see the Photo Examples below.

Passport Photo Examples

Submitting a high-quality photograph is an important part of a U.S. passport application. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acceptable Passport Photos

Please review the video below for examples of both acceptable and unacceptable passport photos.  Keep in mind:  size, expression, head position, background, print quality, and anything that might obscure the face (hair, shadows, glasses etc).  

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source: travel.state.gov