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United Kingdom Driving Licence Photo Size Requirements

Passport picture size Width: 35 mm, Height: 45 mm
Resolution (DPI) 600
Background color White
Printable photo Yes
Digital photo for online submission Yes
Digital photo size Width: 826 pixels , Height: 1062 pixels
Photo Paper type matte
Detailed requirements

A United Kingdom Driving Licence photo is an essential requirement for obtaining a driving licence in the UK. It is a form of identification that displays the holder's personal details and a photograph. A UK passport photo is needed for the UK driving licence.The photo must meet specific guidelines to ensure clarity and accuracy. 

Here are some key points to consider when taking a United Kingdom Driving Licence photo:

1. Background: The background of the photo should be light grey or cream. Avoid any patterns or distractions that may obscure the subject.

2. Lighting: 

- The photo should have even lighting across the face, with no shadows.

- Avoid using flash photography, as it can cause harsh shadows and reflections.

- The photo does not have ‘red eye’

3. Pose and Expression: The applicant should face the camera directly and maintain a neutral expression. Both eyes should be open and visible, with no reflections or red-eye.

4. Framing: The head and shoulders should be centered in the frame, with the face fully visible. Make sure that the photo is not blurry or pixelated.

5. Clothing: The applicant should avoid wearing any hats, head coverings, or sunglasses, unless it is for religious or medical reasons. The face should be fully visible, with no accessories obstructing the view.

6. Size and Resolution: The photo should be 45 millimeters (mm) high by 35 mm wide. It should have a resolution of at least 600 DPI (dots per inch) to ensure clarity and detail.

How your head should appear in passport photos - described in text above

7. Printing: The photo should be printed on high-quality photo paper with a matt or glossy finish. Avoid using regular printer paper, as it may not meet the required standards.



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General Passport Photo Requirements

  • Neutral facial expression: a. do not open mouth; b. open eyes.
  • No glasses; No Hat.
  • Don't cover eyebrows with hair.

Find more information on requirements and photo taking tips here.

How to Print Passport Photos Using Color Printer

  1. Download the 4R sheet with multiple photos.
  2. Check the requirements and use correct 4R photographic paper (matte, semi-matt or glossy paper).
  3. Print the 4R sheet with no margins. Make sure the 4R picture fit exactly on the 4R photo paper.
  4. Cut the 4R sheet along the gray lines and you will get multiple photos.

Steps to create passport photos

  1. Select country and ID photo type, and click Start.
  2. Upload photo. In order to correctly make passport photo, the picture size should be smaller than 10MB, and the dimensions should be smaller than 4000 x 3000 pixels. The system accepts only .JPG or .JPEG files. The Crop page opens when the photo is uploaded.
  3. Crop photo to the correct passport photo size dimension.
  4. If you need white background enhancement, select an enhancement.
  5. Click the Next button, you will get a printable passport picture which is suitable to be printed on 4R (4x6") photo paper.
  6. Save the 4R sheet and print it using a photo printer or print it at any photo center.

How to Take Baby Passport Photos

  1. Lay white or light color baby quilt or blanket in a bright room or other places with good lighting.
  2. Lay the baby on the quilt or blanket.
  3. Ensure baby is looking straight at the camera with eyes open, mouth closed and not smiling.

See more tips on taking baby passport photos here.

Passport Photo Size Requirements

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