USA Passport Photo Rules

USA Passport Photo Rules
For the best passport picture quality, you can get these photos taken at many drug stores and post offices, as well as at storefront passport photo shops. All photos must follow the U.S. State Department guidelines.

Submission

To apply for a passport, submit two colored passport photos that are identical and measure 2 by 2 inches.

Basics

The photo must have been taken within the past six months and show your current appearance.

View

It must be a front view of your full face, taken with a plain white background, measuring between 1 and 1-3/8 inches from the bottom of your chin to the top of your head.

Clothing

You must wear ordinary street clothes, including glasses or hearing aids if you normally wear them. You can also wear religious attire if that is your daily attire.

Prohibitions

Do not wear hats, dark glasses or anything else that can obscure your face. Uniforms are also not allowed.

Article Written By Aurelio Locsin

Aurelio Locsin has been writing professionally since 1982. He published his first book in 1996 and is a frequent contributor to many online publications, specializing in consumer, business and technical topics. Locsin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scientific and technical communications from the University of Washington.

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