passport & ID photos

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passport & ID photos

Passport and Visa photos are becoming more complicated since the advent of biometrics and facial recognition software. Incorrectly shot or bad photos are the most common reason for passport rejection. Your Biometrics data will be shared digitally among US and other Governments worldwide. Good Passport Photos and Visa Photos provide correct identification that will prevent unnecessary problems or rejection. Here at Motophoto we have upgraded our services and standards to reflect these changes.

US passport photos and Immigration photos must be photographed according to the strict regulations described in official publications by the US Government: Your photo is a vital part of your passport application. To learn more, review the information below on how to provide a suitable photo to avoid passport processing delays. The acceptance of your photo is always at the discretion of the U.S. passport agency.

If you are applying for a U.S. Passport, you must provide two (2) photos. Your passport photo must be:

  • In color
  • Printed on photo quality paper
  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) 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
  • 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.
  • No glasses in your new passport photo starting November 1st 2016
  • 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)
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  • Make sure the photo presents the full head from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin.
  • The person in the photo should have a neutral expression and be facing the camera.
  • Center the head with the frame.
  • Photo must be 2 inches by 2 inches
  • The height of the head (top of hair to bottom of chin) should measure 1 inch to 1 3/8 inches (25 mm - 35 mm)
  • Make sure the eye height is between 1 1/8 inches to 1 3/8 inches (28 mm – 35 mm) from the bottom of the photo

You must submit two (2) identical photos with each passport application.

Your photos must be:

  • taken by a commercial photographer.
  • 50 mm wide X 70 mm high (2 inches wide X 2 3/4 inches long) and sized so the height of the face measures between 31 mm (1 1/4 inches) and 36 mm (1 7/16 inches) from chin to crown of head (natural top of head).
  • clear, sharp and in focus. Photos may be in colour or in black and white.
  • taken with a neutral facial expression (eyes open and clearly visible, mouth closed, no smiling).
  • taken with uniform lighting and not show shadows, glare or flash reflections.
  • taken straight on, with face and shoulders centered and squared to the camera.
  • taken in front of a plain white or light-coloured background with a clear difference between your face and the background. Photos must reflect/represent natural skin tones.
  • original photos that are not altered in any way or taken from an existing photo.
  • reflect your current appearance (taken within the last 12 months).
  • professionally printed on plain, high quality photographic paper (photos printed at home and photos printed on heavy weight paper are not acceptable).

The following must be included on the back of one photo:

  • the name and complete address of the photo studio and the date the photo was taken. The photographer may use a stamp or handwrite this information. Stick-on labels are unacceptable.
  • your guarantor clearly write: "I certify this to be a true likeness of (applicant's name)" and sign his or her name (unless you are applying to renew a passport, as no guarantor is necessary for renewals).

Extra details:

  • Glasses: including tinted prescription glasses, may be worn in photos as long as the eyes are clearly visible and there is no glare in the glasses. Sunglasses or photos where there is the red-eye effect are unacceptable.
  • Hats and head: must not be worn, unless it is worn daily for religious beliefs or medical reasons. However, your full face must be clearly visible and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
  • Your hair can be down.
  • Shadows are not acceptable. Lighting must be uniform to avoid shadows across the face or shoulders, around the ears or in the background.

Child photos

  • Child photos must follow the same rules indicated above.
  • Photos must show the child's head and shoulders only. Parent's or child's hands must not appear in the photo.
  • Passport Canada recognizes the difficulty in obtaining a neutral expression of a newborn and will allow for some tolerance in this regard.
  • For newborn babies, the photo may be taken while the child is sitting in a car seat, as long as a white blanket is placed over the seat behind the child's head. There must be no shadows on the face or shoulders, around the ears or in the background.
  • If applying for a one-time replacement passport for a child, you must include a photo that has been taken within one month of the date the application is submitted
Passport & ID Photos

clothing for passport photos

US, Canada and EU countries have no written "dress code" for Passport Photos. However, here are some tips on what to wear for Passport Photo or Visa Photos. In general, cover your shoulders, wear any color except white, no big earrings. Some countries are very particular about the color of your clothing and also the style, for example, some require a collared shirt.

If you are taking passport photos for the following countries, you must check the application. (Jamaica, Hong Kong, Philippines, Iran( women only) and Saudi Arabia( women only).

Well Composed Photo Composition Examples

Click Here to download the US Passport forms.

Click Here to download the Canadian Passport forms.

Passport photos should be taken with a neutral expression for use with facial recognition systems - advanced technology that helps prevent fraud by electronically verifying identity based on each person's unique facial features.

Passport Photo Pricing (06/21/18)

u.S Passport

Standard US Passport - 2 photos 2”x2”

Duplicate set

Infant Passport – unable to sit on their own




Canadian Passport

2 photos with backprint Canadian Citizenship

35X45mm white background European

Color Background





Passport images saved to CD

Passport images emailed

Photos sized and uploaded to gov. sites




Most Passport Photos will be available to you while you wait. Processing time is approximately 10 minutes.

  • You can preview your image before printing.
  • Our passport photos are fully guaranteed.
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