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Passport Photo Rules UK

How to make sure you meet the passport photo rules

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By Nagging Mum

You must comply with a number of passport photo rules in the UK to ensure your passport application goes as smoothly as possible. To help you, I’ve created my Passport Photo rules guide to make it as easy as possible. 

Previously, you would have to use a passport photo booth, however this is no longer the case. You can now take your own photos, upload them or print and send with your application. 

You will be told when you start your passport application whether you can use digital photos or must get your photos printed. However, there are some requirement that cross over both digital and printed photos.

·         You must get a new passport photo when you apply for a new passport. You may feel your appearance hasn’t changed, but you still need a new photo.

·          Your passport photo must have been taken within the last month

Ensuring you meet the Passport Photo Rules in the UK

You can use your own camera, phone or other device to take your passport photo. If this is not an option you can also go to a photo booth or photo shop that offers a digital passport service.

Digital passport photo rules

  • Your passport photo must not contain any object or people other than yourself
  • Your passport photo should also be taken against a light-coloured background
  • You must be ‘red eye’ free. Using software to remove ‘red eye’ is not allowed
  • You must include your head and upper shoulders
  • Your Passport photo must be at least 600 pixels in width and 750 pixels in height
  • And have a file size of at least 50kb and no more than 10mb

Digital passport photo Dos and Don’ts

  • Do look straight at the camera
  • Don’t smile or pull any other faces, however tempting it may be
  • Do have your eyes open and clearly visible
  • Don’t wear anything that covers your face or head (exceptions are made for religious and medical reasons)
  • Don’t photoshop your photo, as much as you may want to remove that spot or make you look thinner, don’t, your application will get rejected.

You can take your photos printed using the usual photo booth or you can take your own photo and print yourself.

Printed passport photo rules:

  • Your passport photo must not contain any object or people other than yourself
  • Your passport photo should also be taken against a light-coloured background
  • You must be ‘red eye’ free. Using software to remove ‘red eye’ is not allowed
  • You must include your head and upper shoulders
  • The photo must be printed on plain white photo paper
  • And must not be creased or marked in any way

Dos and Don’ts

  • Do look straight at the camera
  • Don’t smile or pull any other faces, however tempting it may be
  • Do have your eyes open and clearly visible
  • Don’t wear anything that covers your face or head (exceptions are made for religious and medical reasons)
  • Do get the photo countersigned if required
  • Don’t photoshop your photo, as much as you may want to remove that spot or make you look thinner, don’t, your application will get rejected.

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