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Passport Photos in New York

United States Passport Photo Size and Requirements at the New York City

  • Taken within the past six months
  • The photo must be in high resolution that is not blurry, grainy, or pixelated
  • It is essential that your facial expression is neutral or that you smile naturally and your eyes are clearly visible.
  • Make sure the background is uniform, plain and white or off-white, and free of shadows
  • Make sure you are facing the camera straight on with your entire face visible.
  • Make sure the size is correct
    • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)
    • Head must be between 1 -1 3/8 inches (25 - 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head (photos cannot be taken too far away or too close up)
  • Taken in clothing normally worn on a daily basis
  • Printed on matte or glossy photographic paper
    • You cannot submit a damaged photo with holes, creases, or smudges.
  • Printed in color
  • Hands-free devices and headphones are not permitted in the photo.
  • You cannot wear glasses.
    • You must submit a signed note from your doctor if you cannot remove your glasses due to medical reasons.
  • No hats or head coverings are allowed.
  • If you wear a hat or head covering solely for religious purposes, please submit a signed statement clarifying that the hat or head covering in your picture is part of recognized, traditional religious attire that is frequently worn or required in public.
  • Whenever you wear a hat or head covering for medical reasons, submit a signed doctor's statement stating that the hat or head covering in the picture is used every day for medical purposes.
  • Hats and head coverings cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadows on your face and your entire face must be visible.

Other Passport / Visa Photo Rules, Guidelines, and Specifications

Can I wear jewerly in my passport photo?
Yes, you can wear jewelry and keep on your facial piercings as long as they do not hide your face. Permanent tattoos are acceptable for passport purposes as well.

Am I allowed to wear sunglasses, glasses, or tinted glasses in my passport photo?

No, you will need to take them off for your passport photo.

You must submit a signed note from your doctor if you cannot remove your glasses due to medical reasons.

How should I pose for my photo?
Face the camera with your head centered in the frame and not tilted, and display a neutral expression or a natural smile.

Can I wear a hat or headcover in my photo?
You may wear a hat or head covering, but you must submit a signed statement clarifying that the hat or head covering is part of recognized, traditional religious attire that is frequently worn or required  in public or a signed doctor's statement verifying the item is used daily for medical purposes.

Hats and head coverings cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadows on your face and your entire face must be visible.

Can I smile in my passport photo?

Yes, However, the smile must be natural and unexaggerated.

Is a uniform allowed in my passport photo?

No,you are not allowed to wear a uniform, clothing that looks like a uniform, or camouflage attire.


Can I remove red-eye from my passport photo?
No, you can not digitally remove red eye. You will have to submit a new photo without red eye. 

Do you have any tips on taking a photo of a baby or toddler?
When taking a photo of your baby or toddler, no other person should be in the photo.

Lay your baby on his or her back on flat surface(no need to worry about the background, our website will automatically remove the background). Make certain there are no shadows on your baby's face, especially if you take a picture from above. Taking a picture of your child in the car seat may also be helpful. 

Take as many photos as you can in one shot with your camera in burst mode.

Is it acceptable for my child's eye to be closed in his or her photo?
It is acceptable for an infant's eyes to be partially or completely closed. All other children must have both their eyes open.

Should I take a new photo if my appearance has changed (grown a beard, dyed my hair)?
Only if your appearance has significantly changed from since your passport was issued. A new beard or colored hair would not constitute a significant change. You do not need to apply for a new passport if you can still be identified by your photo in your current passport.

You may have to apply for a new passport if you have:

  • Undergone significant facial surgery or trauma
  • Added or removed numerous/large facial piercings or tattoos
  • Undergone a significant amount of weight loss or gain
  • Made a gender transition

If the appearance of your child under the age of 16 has changed due to the natural aging process, you do not need to apply for a new passport for your child.

I'm not sure if my photo meets the requirements. What should I do?
You can go to  https://tsg.phototool.state.gov/photo to see if your photo meets the requirements. Upload your photo and see examples of good and bad photos.

Example Photos

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Example Photos for Children

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How to print passport photos in New York?

You can print your passport photo at home if you have the photo printing paper and a colour printer. The passport photo downloaded from our site is for printing on 4R 4x6" photo paper.  There are six US passport photos on the 4R photo,just print the photo exactly onto 4x6" photo paper and cut the photos along the gray borders, you will get six correct size  US passport photos (2x2").

Alternatively, you may order 4x6" print from the following online photo printing websites:

  •  https://www.shutterfly.com/
  •  http://photo.walgreens.com/
  •  https://photos3.walmart.com/about/prints
  •  https://www.cvs.com/photo3)
  •  https://www.costcophotocenter.com/
  •  https://www.snapfish.com/

Where To Get Passport Photos Near United States New York?

The most efficient way to create your passport photo is on our website. In seconds, our website will generate a digital and printable photo for you by removing the background.Your only task is to take a photo of yourself with your mobile phone and upload it to our website. It can be done without leaving your home. Saves you both time and money!

As an alternative, you can get your photo taken at any of these places.

1. ThisPix 

805 3rd Ave 2nd floor, New York, NY 10022

2. DOI Camera

51 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

3. Golden Bough Passport Photo & Printing

1270 Broadway, Office 203

4. Sammy's Photo Lab

27 Essex St ,New York, NY 10002

5. Tamar International Passport And Visa Services

26 Broadway Fl 8,New York, NY 10004

6.East Village Postal

151 1st Ave New York, NY 10003

Passport photos at Walmart

Walmart makes it easy to print passport photos. You can order your photo by uploading the photo downloaded from our site to Walmart app and selecting 4x6" photo paper. You can pick it up at your nearest store within one hour or have it delivered.

Walmart photo shops in New York Ctiy:

1. 77 Green Acres Rd S, Valley Stream, NY 11581

2. 2100 88th St, North Bergen, NJ 07047

3. 1220 Old Country Rd, Westbury, NY 11590

4. 2465 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554

5. 470 NY-211 E, Middletown, NY 10940

6. 311 Rte 9W, Glenmont, NY 12077

7. 297 Grant Ave, Auburn, NY 13021

8. 2 Gannett Dr, Johnson City, NY 13790

9. 5054 NY-23, Oneonta, NY 13820

10. 401 East 86th St, New York, NY 10028

CVS passport photos services in New York

The CVS store can print the passport photo you have downloaded from our website. CVS offers an app that lets you order passport photos online and pick them up in-store. You can print it at the store also. Please note that the downloaded photo sheet is for printing on 4R 4x6" photo paper. Choose the right size of paper to ensure that your passport photo size is correct.

CVS photo shops in New York Ctiy:

1.475 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

2.11 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10019

3. 338 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

4.1223 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10065

5. 298 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

6. 360 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

7. 387 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

8. 196 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

9. 358 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

10. 158 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

Rite Aid passport photo services

You can take your photo at Rite Aid Pharmacy which costs you $7. However, if you download your passport photo(4X6 printable photo sheet) from our site and then print it out as postcard at Rite Aid, it will cost just 19 cents.

Rite Aid photo shops in New York Ctiy:

1. 1033 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10032

2. 302 West St, New York, NY 10080

3. 6900 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

4. 2748 E Tremont Ave, Bronx, NY 10461

5. 537-539 E 138th St, Bronx, NY 10454

6. Woodhaven, NY 11421

7. 444 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park, NY 11596

8. 81 1st Ave., New York, NY 10003

9. Bronx, NY 10459

10. 4918 Broadway, New York, NY 10034

Passport photo services at Walgreens

Walgreens is another place where you can print your photos. The Walgreens app allows you to order a passport photo online and pick it up at a local Walgreens store. Alternatively, you can print it in store. Keep in mind that the photo sheet downloaded from our website is designed for printing on 4R 4x6" photo paper. To ensure that the passport photo size is right, choose the right size of paper. Walgreens charges $14.99 for a passport photo, but if you print out the photo template, you can save up to 97.5%

Walgreens photo shops in New York Ctiy:

1. 455 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018

2. 625 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

3. 333 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001

4. 1627 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

5. 133-141 Dyckman St, New York, NY 10040

6. 184 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

7. 122 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10168

8. 1352 1st Ave., New York, NY 10021

9. 401 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016,

10. 866 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Passport photo services at Cosco

Although Costco has discontinued their in-store photo printing services, but they still offer them online. By following these steps, you can still print your passport photo at Costco for the lowest price:

1.Download the 4X6 passport photo template from our website

2.Uploade the passport photo to the Costco app

3.Choose a 4x6 inch photo template instead of a standard Costco passport photo template

4.Order your photo 

When you receive your passport photo, cut the photos along the gray borders, you will get six correct size  US passport photos (2x2").

Photo Booth in New York

There are some photo booth in New York City, but it would be better that you keep in mind the guidelines for taking USA passport photo before you go. The following are some of the photo booths that you can take your passport photo:

1.JOE & THE JUICE

67 Spring Street (Between Crosby & Lafayette St), New York, NY

2.Pro Image

289 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

3. UNIQLO

666 5th Avenue (at W 53rd St), New York, NY

4. Bubby's

120 Hudson St (btwn Franklin & Moore St), New York, NY

5. The Smith

956 2nd Ave (at E 51st St), New York, NY

6. Warby Parker

121 Greene Street (btwn Houston & Prince St), New York, NY



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