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Two passport photographs need to be provided alongside your passport application form, and these photos should meet specific requirements. There is a chance that the application could be rejected or delayed if the photographs do not meet these specific requirements.

Where should I have my passport photo taken?

We recommend you choose a Photo-Me booth (if you are living in the United Kingdom) and these can be found at post offices and in many supermarkets. If you do not have a Photo-Me booth in your vicinity you could choose to use a professional photographer.

Outside of the UK, due to varying standards, we recommend strongly that you visit a professional photographer.

How to get correct photo

Your photographs need to be

  • Of a size that is 45mm high and 35mm wide - you will find this is the regular size provided by UK photo booths.
  • printed in a professional manner
  • Not altered in any way or cut out from a larger photograph.
  • not in black and white, but in colour and printed onto white photo paper
  • a grey/white or cream background
  • the same as each other
  • no older than 30 days' old
  • with no damage, creases or tears to the paper
  • aside from a perhaps necessary countersignature, both photographs should contain no other marks on either side unmarked
  • untouched by software like Photoshop, or any other software
  • Please click here for more information on the countersignature
UK Child Passport Photo Size

The portrait of your face must show

  • your shoulders
  • your head with no obstructions
  • facing the camera lense directly, your eyes must look forward
  • nothing besides you: no other subjects or people (there is no exception for babies or children)
  • of a size between 29mm and 34mm and showing from the very top of your head to just under your chin
  • a closed mouth and plain, non-smiling expression
  • an uncovered head (unless what is covering the head is being worn for religious or medical purposes)
  • Eyes which are wide open and contain no reflection from glasses or other optical equipment; we would suggest you take your glasses off to have your photograph taken.
  • red-eye is not permitted
  • Shadows are not permitted
  • there should exist a strong and clear contrast between your face and the background in the photograph
UK Child Passport Valid Photo

Child Passport photos Notes

  • Children and babies must be completely alone in their photograph. Babies are not allowed to carry or hold toys.
  • Children should be looking straight at the camera holding a neutral, non-smiling expression, (there is an exception for children under 6 years old)
  • Children should be looking straight at the camera holding a neutral, non-smiling expression, (there is an exception for children under 6 years old)
UK Child Passport Photo

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*Disclaimer: We are a private company and this is a commercial website to apply for a passport applications. You will be charged a fee for using our services. You are also able to apply directly through the His Majesty's Passport Office where you will not pay any additional service fees. Should you wish to apply directly with the embassy you may do so here