US Passport Photos

Requirements:
  • The two (2) US passport photos must be identical.
  • The US passport photos should be printed on thin photo-quality paper.
  • The US passport photos must be in color.
  • The US passport photos must be no older than 6 months.
  • The US passport photo should show a clear, front view, full face of the applicant.
  • The applicant should be against a plain white or off-white background.
  • The applicant’s expression should be natural, with both eyes open, looking directly ahead.
  • Normal, unexaggerated smiles are acceptable, but unusual expressions and squinting are not.
  • US passport photos in which the face of the applicant is not in focus will not be accepted.
  • The US passport photos must measure exactly 2 by 2 inches.
  • The applicant’s head, measured from the bottom of the chin to the top of the hair, should be between 1 inch and 1-3/8 inches.
  • The head should be centered in the photo.

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Since 1980 International Passport & Visa doing business as Services Unlimited International has been providing a variety of other services including US passport photos.
Fees:
US Passport photo fee: $15 for a set of two.
Information:
  • The head of the applicant should not be tilted up, down or to the side.
  • Unless worn daily for religious reasons, all hats or headgear should be removed for the photo. A signed statement from the applicant must be submitted with the application verifying the item is worn daily for religious reasons. In all cases, no item or attire should cover or otherwise obscure any part of the face.
  • Unless worn daily for religious reasons, all hats or headgear should be removed for the photo. A signed statement from the applicant must be submitted with the application verifying the item is worn daily for religious reasons. In all cases, no item or attire should cover or otherwise obscure any part of the face.
  • Eyeglasses worn on a daily basis can be worn for the photo. However, there should be no reflections from the eyeglasses that obscure the eyes.
  • Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required.
  • Uniforms, clothing that looks like a uniform, and camouflage attire should not be worn in photographs except in the case of religious attire that is worn daily. Otherwise, normal street attire should be worn.
  • The minor child must be the only subject in the photo. Nothing used to support the minor child, whether by mechanical or human means, should be in the camera’s frame.
  • Only original photographs are acceptable. Copied or digitally scanned photos of photos will not be accepted.
  • US passport photos must not be retouched to alter the applicant’s appearance in any way.
  • Snapshots, magazine photos, vending machine prints, or full-length photographs are not acceptable.
  • If the digital camera has sufficient resolution — capable of capturing and storing images with 1 million pixels (megapixels) or more — it can be used to take the photos.
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