Passport Photo Requirements:

  • a recent color photo taken within the last six months, printed in color, on photo quality paper.
  • 2”x2” in size (51mm x 51mm)
  • Head size must be between 1 inch and 1 ⅜ inches. You can visit the State Dept website here for more information.
  • No smiles. You must have a neutral facial expression. Directly face the camera. No shadows on your face.
  • Normal clothing. No uniforms, except for religious clothing worn daily.
  • Background must be white or off-white in color.
  • You cannot wear a hat or head covering. Nothing can cover your hair or hairline, unless you normally wear it daily for religious purposes.
  • No headphones, sunglasses, or similar items can be worn, unless it is a medical device worn daily. Medical certification may be required as proof.
  • Prescription glasses and hearing devices worn daily may be included. No glare on glasses or the photo will be rejected.


Passport Photo Requirements are not flexible. If you are concerned about your photos, please visit a passport agency, CVS, Walgreens, or local photo shop that specializes in passport photos. You may reference the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Photo FAQ Page for additional information.



Acceptable Photos Examples:

The following photos are examples of acceptable passport photos provided by the U.S. Department of State. The photo requirements are very strict, so make sure your photos follow these requirements.