Your photograph must be:

  • 2x2 inches in size
  • Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance
  • Color
  • Clear
  • Full face, front view. Do NOT tilt your face to the left or right, or up or down.
  • Plain white or off-white background
  • Free of shadows, blurriness, dots, and graininess.    
  • Not underexposed (too dark) or overexposed (too bright). 
  • The photo should be of your face, neck, and shoulders only, with some blank space above the top of your head.  Do not include your chest in the photo. Between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.  About 1/4  to 1/2 inch of blank space at top of the head.  About 1/4  to 1/2 inch of the top of shoulders visible.  See the first page of your passport application form DS-11 or DS-82 for a visual depiction of these requirements.     
  • Clothing must be normal street attire. Do NOT wear a uniform, a costume, etc.
  • Religious attire is acceptable if it is worn daily.  In this case, a letter of explanation must be provided.   
  • Do NOT ear a hat, headgear, or jewelry that obscures the hair or hairline.
  • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture.
  • Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are NOT acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required.



If you choose to submit a digitized photo, it must meet the same requirements of all passport photographs. In addition, digitized photographs are always produced on digital printers. Some printers will produce a photograph in which the dots are seen. Visible dots distort the image by making it look grainy. Acceptable photos have a continuous tone image that looks photo-like.