United States Passport Photo Requirements

$10 (USD)

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Your passport application is very important. Don't suffer delays or rejection due to an invalid passport photo with your application. Getting it right the first time couldn't be easier with our U.S. Passport Photo service.

Photos take 1 business day to process. Please do not submit this form more than once.

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Photo size must be

  • 2 x 2 in (51 x 51 mm)

Head size must be

  • Minimum 1 in (22 mm)
  • Maximum 1 3/8 in (35 mm)

    Recently taken within the last 6 months
    No eyeglasses
    Neutral facial expression - no smiling
    Both eyes open
    No hats or head coverings, except for religious purposes

Photos should meet these criteria

  • Forward-facing face and body
  • Glasses off
  • Well lit (not too bright, not too dark)
  • Avoid highlights from the sun on your face or hair
  • Background is bright and doesn't match hair
  • Closed mouth
  • Ears showing*
  • Good resolution

*Not necessary in all countries.

The following are good before photos and their end result!

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Be sure to avoid the following

  • Twisted body
  • Face covered
  • Teeth/open mouth smile
  • Hair blowing in the wind
  • Neck obscured
  • Harsh Light
  • Glasses
  • Hair blending with background
  • Low resolution

Below are examples of what not to do.

Twisted body

Covered face

Toothy smile

Flying hair

Invisible Neck

Harsh Light

Glasses

Hair Matching Background

Low Resolution

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About Us

Travel Document Systems, Inc. (TDS) is a leading visa and passport processing agency. For over 30 years we have served travel professionals, tour operators, and cruise lines, as well as corporate and individual international travelers. TDS specializes in travel that involves visas for more than one country.