Rules for Passport Photos

Rules for Passport Photos
International travel opens up a whole world of outdoor activities and hiking locations, and your passport is the key to visiting these destinations. To ensure that your application process goes quickly and smoothly, submit passport photos that follow the proper guidelines.


Your two passport photos must be 2 inches-by-2 inches in size. From the bottom of the chin to the top of the head, including hair, the size must be between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches. Your eye height should fall between 1 1/8 inches and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the photo.


A white or off-white background is required for passport photos. Lighting needs to look natural and not cause distracting shadows on your face or the photo background.


The photo must frame a front view of your full face. Eyes must be open, and your face should show a natural expression. Passport photos need to be less than six months old and show your current appearance.


Wear normal street attire in your passport photo. Do not wear a uniform unless it is religious attire that you wear daily. If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, a wig, or other articles of this kind, you should also wear them in the picture. Non-prescription glasses and hats are not allowed in passport photos.


Passport applications require two high-quality, identical color photos. Photos that are over-exposed, too dark or unfocused will not be accepted. Other unacceptable elements include shadows and incorrect facial positioning.

Article Written By April Chalk

April Chalk wrote for her college newspaper, and she worked with a team of eight other students to write and publish a textbook about research and writing. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Brigham Young University in April 2009.

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