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U.S. passport photo tips
& best practices

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State

  • Sized such that the head is between 1″ (25mm) and 1 3/8″ (35mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.

  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance

  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background

  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera

  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open

  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis:

    • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.

    • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.

    • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.

    • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo.

    • Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required)

    • Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.

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