What Is the Size of a Passport Photo in Inches?

What Is the Size of a Passport Photo in Inches?
In order to obtain a United States passport, you must complete the form (DS-11, if you are applying for the first time), submit proof of U.S. citizenship, show identification, pay the fee and supply two passport photos.

Height and Width

The passport photos must be identical. Both should be square, with each measuring 2 inches across and 2 inches down.


All passport photos must be in color with a background that is white or off-white. The only uniforms that may be worn are religious ones that are worn daily.


A full view of the face should be showing in the photograph, taking between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches for the view from the chin bottom to the top of the head.


Passport photos should be recent, taken within the past six months and representative of your current appearance.

Uniforms and Headgear

No headgear or hats are allowed in passport photos. There is an exception for hairpieces that are usually worn.


If prescription eyeglasses are usually worn, they should be worn for the passport photo. Dark glasses and tinted lenses are not allowed in passport photos.

Article Written By Marcia Frost

Marcia Frost is a writer covering topics such as travel, food, wine/spirits, health and fitness. She is the content editor for Cocktails and Joints and writes regularly for many on- and offline publications, including "Michigan Avenue," "Gotham," "Aspen Peak," "Los Angeles Confidential" and "Hamptons Magazines." She has a B.A. in journalism from Long Island University.

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