Do I have to remove my jewelry from my passport picture?
No, you don't need to. As long as your facial piercings do not hide your face, you can wear jewelry. Permanent tattoos also qualify for passport approval.
If I wear sunglasses, glasses, or tinted glasses for my passport photo, is that allowed?
No, you will need to remove them for your passport photo.
In case you cannot remove your glasses due to medical conditions, you must provide a doctor's note.
Can you tell me how to pose for my photo?
Your head should be in the center of the frame and not tilted, and your expression should be neutral or natural.
Is it okay to wear a hat or headcover in my photo?
Wearing a hat or head covering is permitted, but you must submit a signed statement that demonstrates the item is part of recognized, traditional religious attire that is frequently worn in public or a doctor's letter stating the item is worn daily for medical purposes.
There must be no shadows cast by hats or head coverings, and your entire face must remain visible.
Can I smile in my passport photo?
Yes, but the smile should be natural and not overdone.
Can I have my passport photo taken in a uniform?
You are not allowed to wear a uniform, clothing that looks like a uniform, or camouflage clothing.
Can I remove red-eye from my passport photo?
Red eye cannot be digitally removed. A new photo must be taken without red eye.
Do you have any tips on taking a photo of a baby or toddler?
You should not include anyone else in your baby or toddler's photo.
Lie your baby on his back on a flat surface (no need to worry about the background, it will be automatically removed by our website). If you take the picture from above, make sure there are no shadows on your baby's face. Taking a picture of your child in their car seat may be helpful as well.
Using the burst mode on your camera, take as many photos as you can.
My child's eye is closed in the picture. Is that okay?
An infant's eyes may be partially or completely closed. Other children must have both eyes open.
Is it necessary to take a new photo if my appearance has changed (grown a beard, dyed my hair)?
Only if your appearance has substantially changed since you first applied for your passport. Growing a beard or coloring your hair wouldn't be considered significant changes. A new passport is not necessary if you can still be identified by your current passport photo.
A new passport may be necessary if you have:
Significantly altered the appearance of the face through surgery or trauma
Added or removed many/large facial piercings or tattoos
lost or gained a lot of weight
You do not need to apply for a new passport for a child whose appearance has changed due to natural aging.
I'm not sure whether my photo meets the requirements. What should I do?
You can check if your photo meets the requirements at https://tsg.phototool.state.gov/photo. You can upload your photo and look at examples of both good and bad photos.
In case you have a colour printer and the photo printing paper, you can print your passport photo at home. There are six US passport photos on the 4R photo and you will need to print the photos exactly onto the 4x6" photo paper and not cut the photos along the gray borders to obtain the correct size (2x2").
You can also order a 4x6" print from any of the following online photo printing websites:
Our website is the most efficient way to create your passport photo. With our website, you can create a digital and printable photo of yourself in seconds by removing the background. You simply need to take a photo of yourself using your mobile phone and upload it to our website. There is no need to leave your house. No need to travel!
Here are some other places where you can take your picture as an alternative.
1. Kendall Press
46 Arlington Chelsea, MA 02150
2. Albert's Photo Studio
409 Moody St Waltham, MA 02453
3. AAA - Newton
165 Needham St Newton, MA 02461
4. Feti Travel
65 Harrison Ave Ste 402 Boston, MA 02111
5. Newtonville Camera
85 River St Ste 16 Waltham, MA 02453
6. Hunt's Photo and Video
514 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02215
Passport photos can be printed at Walmart. Using the Walmart app, upload your photo downloaded from our site and select 4x6" photo paper. You can pick it up in one hour at your nearest store or have it delivered.
Walmart photo shops in Boston:
1. 301 Falls Blvd, Quincy, MA 02169
2. 770 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906
3. 740 Middle St, Weymouth, MA 02188
4. 777 Brockton Ave, Abington, MA 02351
5. 700 Oak St, Brockton, MA 02301
6. 72 Main St, North Reading, MA 01864
7. 450 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 01970
8. 550 Providence Hwy, Walpole, MA 02081
9. 280 Washington St, Hudson, MA 01749
10. 55 Brooksby Village Way, Danvers, MA 01923
The CVS store can print your passport photo if you have downloaded it from our website. You can order passport photos online at CVS and pick them up in-store using their app. They are also available for print at the store. Please note that the photo sheet is intended for printing on 4R 4x6" photo paper. You will need to choose the right size paper to ensure the size of your passport photo is correct.
CVS photo shops in Boston:
1.Cheney Building, 55 Dimock St, Boston, MA 02119
2.1927 Beacon St, Brighton, MA 02135
3. 210 Border St, East Boston, MA 02128
4.624 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
5. 341 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118
6. 467 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
7. 294 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
8. 400 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02446
9. 191 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116
10. 50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116
Rite Aid Pharmacy provides photo services for $7. The cost of printing out your passport photo (a 4X6 printable photo sheet) will only be 19 cents at Rite Aid if you download it from our site and then print it there.
Rite Aid photo shops in Boston:
1. 1031 Main St, Clinton, MA 01510
2. 53 S Broadway, Salem, NH 03079
3.331 Main St, Nashua, NH 03060
4. Fall River, MA 02721
5. 142 Main St, Salem, NH 03079
6. 1207 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford, MA 02746
7. 467 Broadway, Revere, MA 02151
8. 53 Church St, Kingston, NH 03848
9. 145 Amherst St, Nashua, NH 03064
10. 10 Stafford Rd, Fall River, MA 02721
There is also a Walgreens where you can print your photos. You can order a passport photo online and pick it up at a Walgreens store using the Walgreens app. You can also print it in-store. The template you download from our website is designed for printing on 4R 4x6" photo paper. To get the best passport photo size, choose the right size of paper. Walgreens charges $14.99 for a passport photo, but if you print out the template, you can save up to 97.5%.
Walgreens photo shops in Boston:
1. 825 Morton St, Boston, MA 02126
2. 24 School St, Boston, MA 02108
3. 710 E Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127
4. 1 Central Square, East Boston, MA 02128
5. 465 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134
6. 1630 Tremont St, Crossing, MA 02120
7. 416 Warren St, Roxbury, MA 02119
8. 1890 Columbus Ave, Roxbury, MA 02119
9. 1999 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA 02132
10. 317 Ferry St, Everett, MA 02149
Even though Costco no longer offers photo printing in-store, it still offers it online. You can still print your passport photo at Costco at the lowest price if you follow these steps:
1.Download our 4X6 passport photo template from our website
2.Upload the downloaded passport photo to the Costco app
3. Use a passport photo template that is 4x6 inches rather than one that is standard at Costco
4.Order your photo
You will get six correct size US passport photos (2x2") when you cut the passport photos along the gray borders.
You can find some photo booths in Boston, but it would be best if you followed the guidelines for taking a US passport photo before you take your photo.
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Make sure someone takes your passport photo for you. Selfies are not accepted. Make use of your tripod if you have one. By using a tripod, you will be able to keep the camera level and steady. Ideally, the person should be around 1 meter away from the camera.
Face a bright window or the door when taking a photo. In this way, shadows can be avoided on the face and in the background. It is essential that the face is evenly lit. Ensure that the face is free of shadows and glares.
Note: You do not need to worry about the background, since our online passport photo generator will automatically do it for you.
Uniforms should not be worn. Put on regular street clothes for your photo.
Eyeglasses should not be worn. You should remove any sunglasses, tinted glasses, or glasses that you wear if you are taking a passport photo.
Ensure that your face is fully visible. Make sure your hair doesn't cover your face or obscure your eyes. In the case of very long bangs covering your eyebrows, pin them back with bobby pins. Although it's better to show your ears as well, that won't stop your photo from being accepted.
Passport photos don't allow hats unless they're religious headgear such as a headscarf or yarmulke.
Face the camera straight on and look straight at it. Avoid tilting or rotating the head.
It is important that the shoulders are visible, and there should be enough space around the head to crop the picture.
Make sure the camera is at the same level as the head.
It's okay to smile in your passport photo, but the government prefers you to have a neutral facial expression.
Under the new international passport rules, it is usually not acceptable to smile or have your mouth open.