Photo guidelines

Did you know that for online applications you can have your photo taken at home with a camera, tablet or phone?

Poor quality photographs are the main reason we have to reject passport applications. Whether you choose to have your photo taken at home, by a photo professional or at a photo booth you will need to be aware of our guidelines. These will help you get your photo right first time.

You must submit a photo that has been taken in the last six months. This is a requirement from the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Your application will be delayed if your photos do not meet the rules. If you have a disability that prevents you meeting photo requirements, contact us and we can advise you.

Video guide to the photo guidelines

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Applying online

You need a digital photo to apply for a Passport Book or Passport Card online.

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Printed photos

You need a printed photo to apply for a Passport Book by paper application form.

If you are applying by paper application form, you need to:

  • Include 4 identical photos, no more than 6 months old with your passport application
  • Make sure they meet our requirements on pose and visuals
  • Get your witness for your application to:
    • Write the form number on the back of two of your four photos. They can find this in Section 9 of the application form.
    • Sign and stamp the back of those two photos.

If this is not done we will need you to submit a new form and new photos.

Your print photo must meet these technical specifications:


The photos should show a close up of your face and the top of your shoulders so that your face takes up between 70% and 80% of the frame.

  • Minimum: 35mm x 45mm
  • Maximum: 38mm x 50mm


  • Photos must be printed on photo-quality paper at a high resolution.
  • Photos must be in sharp focus and correctly exposed
  • There should be no ink marks or creases.
  • Digital enhancements or changes are not acceptable.
  • The reverse of the photos must be white and unglazed.
  • Black and white photos are recommended as they're digitally printed onto the passport in black and white. But we also accept colour photos.
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Digital and print photo guidelines on pose and visuals

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Frequently asked questions about passport photos

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