United States Passport Photo Requirements
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United States passport photo processing takes 1 business day

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!









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


Hair Matching Background

Low Resolution