U.S. passport photo requirements


Passport Photo

Your passport photographs must be:
  • In color.
  • 2 x 2 inches in size.
  • Printed on thin, photo-quality paper.
  • Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance.
  • Full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background.
  • Between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
  • Taken in normal street attire: Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious attire that is worn daily.
  • Do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hair line.
  • If you normally wear a hearing device, wig or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture.
  • Starting November 1, 2016, eye glasses will no longer be allowed in passport photos.
  • Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required).
  • Articles worn for religious or medical reasons should be accompanied by a statement to that effect.

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Chin to top of hair is
from 1" (dotted line)
to 1 3/8" (solid line)
on passport photo.
passport photo