Passport photo requirements
If you need to send in photographs for a passport application, make sure they meet all the rules to avoid delays in your application.
You must send 2 identical photos when applying for a passport.
Rules for photos
Photos must be professionally printed and 45 millimetres high by 35 millimetres wide. You can’t use photos that have been cut down from larger pictures.
The photos must be:
in colour on plain white photographic paper
taken against a plain cream or light grey background
taken within the last month
clear and in focus
without any tears or creases
unmarked on both sides (unless a photo needs to be countersigned)
unaltered by computer software
The image of you
Photos should show a close-up of your full head and shoulders. It must be only of you with no other objects or people.
The image of your head – from the crown of your head to your chin – must be sized between 29 millimetres and 34 millimetres deep (see example below).
Your photo may be rejected unless it shows you:
facing forward and looking straight at the camera
with a neutral expression and your mouth closed
without anything covering the face
in clear contrast to the background
without a head covering (unless it’s worn for religious or medical reasons)
with eyes open, visible and free from reflection or glare from glasses
with your eyes not covered by sunglasses, tinted glasses, glasses frames or hair
without any shadows in the picture
Photos for child passports
Children must be on their own in the picture. Babies must not be holding toys or using dummies.
If the child is under 5, they don’t have to be looking directly at the camera or have a neutral expression.
If the child is under 1, their eyes don’t have to be open. If their head is supported by a hand, the hand mustn’t be visible in the photo.