US Passport Picture Requirements

US Passport Picture Requirements
Though taking your own photos for your passport application may save you money, they may not meet the requirements of the State Department. For the best quality, have your picture taken at a passport storefront or passport acceptance facility like a library or post office.


You need two identical color photos that show your full face in front of a white or off-white background.


The pictures must measure exactly 2-by-2 inches and show a distance of 1 to 1.375 inches from the bottom of your chin to the top of your head.


They must've been taken in the last six months and show you in normal street clothes without uniforms, hats, goggles or any other sports gear.


You must wear any glasses, wigs or hearing aids if you normally wear them. You can also wear religious attire if you wear it daily (as long as it does not in any way obscure your face).


While digital quality is acceptable, film photos offer the best quality. Vending machine photos are generally 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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