In my passport photo, can I wear sunglasses, glasses, or tinted glasses?
For your passport photo, you will need to remove them.
A doctor's note is required if you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons.
Can jewelry be worn in passport photos?
It is okay to wear jewelry and facial piercings if they don't cover your face. For passport purposes, a permanent tattoo is also acceptable.
In what way should I pose for my photo?
Keeping your head centered in the frame and not tilted, smile naturally or display a neutral expression.
In my photo, can I wear a hat or headcover?
A hat or head covering may be worn, but you must provide a signed statement stating that the hat or head covering is a part of recognized, traditional religious attire frequently worn or required in public, or a signed statement that the item is used regularly for medical purposes by a physician.
A hat or head covering cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadows on your face, and your entire face must be visible.
Can I smile in my passport photo?
A natural, unexaggerated smile is fine.
Can I take a passport photo wearing a uniform?
Uniforms, clothing that resembles uniforms, and camouflage clothing are prohibited.
My passport photo has red-eye. Can it be removed?
You cannot remove it digitally. It is necessary to submit a new photo without red eye.
Do you have any tips for taking pictures of babies or toddlers?
No other person should be in the photo if it is a picture of your baby or toddler.
Lay your baby on his or her back on a flat surface (you don't have to worry about the background; our website will remove it). When taking a picture of your baby from above, be sure the face is not shadowed. Also, you may find it helpful to take a picture of your child in the car seat.
Make use of your camera's burst mode to take as many photos as possible.
Can the eye of my child be closed in the passport photo?
A partially closed eye or a completely closed eye is acceptable for an infant. Both eyes must be open for all other children.
Do I need to take a new photo if my appearance has changed (growing a beard, dyeing my hair)?
It is only necessary to take a new photo if your appearance has changed substantially. Changing your hair color or growing a beard are not significant changes. A new passport is not necessary if you can be identified by the photo in your current passport.
A new passport may be required if you:
Have undergone significant facial surgery or trauma
Increased or decreased the number of/size of facial piercings or tattoos
Have lost or gained a significant amount of weight
Transformed from one gender to another
If your child's appearance has changed due to natural aging, you do not need to apply for a new passport.
I am unsure if my photo meets the requirements. What should I do?
Check your photo's suitability at https://tsg.phototool.state.gov/photo. You can upload your picture and see examples here.
You can make your passport photo at home if you have a colour printer and photo printing paper. We provide you with six 2x2" US passport photos that can be printed on 4R 4x6" photo paper, which contains 6 passport photos. By printing on 4x6" photo paper and cutting along the gray border, you will receive six 2x2" US passport photos.
These websites allow you to order 4x6" prints:
Your passport photo can be created most efficiently on our website. Using our website, you can create a digital and printable photo in seconds by removing the background. All you need to do is take a photo of yourself with your phone and upload it to our website. There's no need to leave the house. Time and money saved!
Alternatively, you can have your photo taken at any of these places.
1. Photoworks By Rick
109 W Foothill Blvd Monrovia, CA 91016
2. A Authorized Passport Photos & Identification Services
3978 W 6th St Los Angeles, CA 90020
3. Digital Photo & Design
4165 W 5th St Los Angeles, CA 90020
4. Image Passport Photo
108 W Colorado St Ste B Glendale, CA 91204
5. One Hour Photo Avenue
6115 Santa Monica Blvd Ste C Los Angeles, CA 90038
7961 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90048
Passport photos can be printed at Walmart. Upload your photo, choose 4x6" photo paper, and pick it up within an hour or have it delivered with the Walmart app.
Walmart has the following photo shops in Los Angeles:
1. 1301 N Victory Pl, Burbank, CA 91502, United States
2. 2100 N Long Beach Blvd, Compton, CA 90221, United States
3. 19503 S Normandie Ave, Torrance, CA 90501, United States
4. 19821 Rinaldi St, Porter Ranch, CA 91326, United States
5. 8333 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City, CA 91402, United States
6. 1301 N Victory Pl, Burbank, CA 91502, United States
7.4651 Firestone Blvd, South Gate, CA 90280, United States
8. 6433 Fallbrook Ave, West Hills, CA 91307, United States
9. 6433 Fallbrook Ave, West Hills, CA 91307, United States
10. 22015 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503, United States
If you have downloaded your passport photo from our website, you can print it at CVS. You can order passport photos online and pick them up in store using the CVS app. In addition, these photos can be printed at the store. When printing your passport photo, make sure that you use 4R 4x6" photo paper to ensure the correct size.
Los Angeles CVS photo shops include:
1.3335 S Figueroa St Unit Q, Los Angeles, CA 90007, United States
2.1026 S Broadway Suite A, Los Angeles, CA 90015, United States
3. 210 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, United States
4.800 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017, United States
5. 303 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, United States
6. 7500 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, United States
7. 5822 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044, United States
8.2530 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039, United States
9. 5944 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042, United States
10. 3751 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, United States
The cost of taking your photo at Rite Aid Pharmacy is $8.99. You can also print a 4x6 photo sheet from our website and pay just 19 cents at Rite Aid.
Photo shops at Rite Aid in Los Angeles:
1. 226 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004, United States
2. Los Angeles, CA 90006, United States
3. Los Angeles, CA 90017, United States
4. 1534 E Florence Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90001, United States
5. S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90037, United States
6. Los Angeles, CA 90043, United States
Printing your photos can also be done at Walgreens. Walgreens' app lets you order a passport photo online and pick it up at a Walgreens store. You can also print it at the store. Please keep in mind that the photo template downloaded from our website is designed for printing on 4R 4x6" photo paper. To make sure the passport photo is the right size, choose the right paper size. Walgreens charges $14.99 for a passport photo, but you can save up to 97.5% by printing the photo template.
Los Angeles Walgreens photo shops:
1. 305 N Breed St, Los Angeles, CA 90033, United States
2. 617 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017, United States
3. 8770 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035, United States
4. 11795 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, United States
5. 1500 E Gage Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90001, United States
6. 3201 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020, United States
7. 6801 Hollywood Blvd Suite 132, Los Angeles, CA 90028, United States
8.1050 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, United States
9. 1800 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047, United States
10. 3724 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016, United States
In spite of the discontinuation of in-store photo printing at Costco, the online service continues to be available. Printing your passport photo at Costco is still possible if you follow these steps:
1. Download our passport photo template in 4X6 format
2. Upload the passport photo template to Costco app
3.Instead of using the standard Costco passport photo template, select a 4x6 inch template
4.Order your photo
After receiving your passport photo, cut along the gray borders to obtain six 2x2" photos.
You should keep in mind the guidelines for taking a USA passport photo before visiting a photo booth in Los Angeles.
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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.