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United Kingdom Passport 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

If you are applying for your UK passport using a paper form, you need two identical photos.If you are applying for your UK passport online, you need digital photos.New UK passports require a new UK passport photo, even if you haven't changed your appearance. Your application will be delayed if your photos do not meet the rules.

Requirements for your printed United Kingdom passport photos:

You need to provide 2 identical photos and meet the following requirements:

  • measure 45 millimetres (mm) high by 35mm wide

  • The image of you - from the crown of your head to your chin - must be between 29mm and 34mm high.(see example below)

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

You can't use photos that have been cut down from larger pictures.

  • Your photo must have been taken in the last month.

  • This photo should feature a close-up of your full headand upper shoulders

  • Do not contain any other objects or people
  • It should be taken against a light grey or cream background

  • The photo is in clear contrast to the background

  • The photo does not have ‘red eye’


In your photo, you must:

  • Face the camera directly and look forward
  • Close your mouth and maintain a plain expression

  • Make sure your eyes are open and visible

  • have no hair in front of your eyes

  • Wear no head covering (unless religious or medical reasons require it)

  • Have nothing covering your face

  • Neither have shadows on your face nor behind you

The quality of your printed photos

Your photos must be:

  • printed to a professional standard

  • clear and in focus

  • in colour on plain white photographic paper with no border

  • without any creases or tears

  • unmarked on both sides (unless a photo needs to be countersigned)

  • unaltered by computer software

You can get a digital photo either:

  • from a photo booth or shop before applying for your passport

  • by taking one using your own device during your passport application

Requirements for your digital United Kingdom passport photos:

The quality of your digital photo

Your photo must be:

  • clear and in focus

  • in colour

  • unaltered by computer software

  • at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels tall

  • at least 50KB and no more than 10MB

The digital photo must:

  • contain no other objects or people

  • be taken against a plain light-coloured background

  • be in clear contrast to the background

  • not have ‘red eye’

 In your photo you must:

  • be facing forwards and looking straight at the camera

  • have a plain expression and your mouth closed

  • have your eyes open and visible

  • not have hair in front of your eyes

  • not have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)

  • not have anything covering your face

  • not have any shadows on your face or behind you



Do not wear glasses in your photo unless you have to do so. If you must wear glasses, they cannot be sunglasses or tinted glasses, and you must make sure your eyes are not covered by the frames or any glare, reflection or shadow.

Photos of babies and children

Children must be on their own in the picture. Babies must not be holding toys or using dummies.

Children under 6 do not have to be looking directly at the camera or have a plain expression.

Children under one do not have to have their eyes open. If their head is supported by a hand, the hand must not be visible in the photo.


Passport photos: dos and don'ts

Examples of passport photos - described in text above



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  • Save time: Just take a photo using digital camera, then upload and create passport photo with 3 steps. It takes less than 5 minutes to be ready for download.
  • White background enhancement: Our premium feature can help you to adjust the photo so that you can get a white background passport photo. Most countries prefer white background passport photos.
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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.

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