Your photo is critical to the usability and security of your passport. The facial recognition technology used in conjunction with Australian passports makes border processing more efficient and reduces the potential for identity fraud. If your photo does not meet the standards detailed below, your passport may not work at automated borders.
The required dimensions of the photo, and the image within it, are explained in this diagram.
If you usually cover your head for religious reasons, or you wear glasses or facial jewellery, your photo can include these items.
Head coverings should be plain coloured and must be worn in such a way as to show the face from the bottom of the chin to the top of the forehead, and with the edges of the face visible.
Glasses or jewellery must not obscure any part of the face, especially the area around the eyes, mouth and nose. For this, photos of you wearing glasses with thick frames or tinted lenses are not acceptable. There must be no reflection from lenses, rings or studs.
For babies and children under three, a photo with an open mouth is acceptable. The photo must comply with all the other requirements above. No other person or object should be visible in the photo.
If you are submitting a full passport application, one of your two photos must be endorsed by a guarantor. An endorsement is not necessary if you are renewing your passport.
If you are unable to meet the photo requirements due to a medical condition, please explain using form B11 (pdf).
The Australian Passport Office does not endorse particular photo outlets or providers. We recommend that you choose an experienced passport photographer. You should confirm that the photos they take meet our standards.
For further information, see Camera operator guidelines (pdf) which draw on ICAO standards.
|Acceptable||Side on to camera||Hair obscuring face|
|Acceptable||Insufficient contrast||Background not plain|
|Acceptable||Background too dark||Head covering obscuring eyes|
|Acceptable||Eyes not open/toy visible||Parent visible|
|Acceptable||No glasses||Shadows on image and background|