U.S. Passport Photo Requirements - U.S. Embassy London

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Applying for a U.S. passport service in the United Kingdom? Check out our Slideshare to help you ensure your photograph meets the U.S. Department of State's passport photo requirements

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U.S. Passport Photo Requirements - U.S. Embassy London

  1. 1. U.S. Passport Services Photo Requirements
  2. 2. 1 • Pose and expression 2 • Size 3 • Quality 4 • Appearance 5 • Photographing children Applying for a U.S. passport in the UK? Keep reading to make sure your photograph meets the Department of State’s requirements
  3. 3. Pose and expression
  4. 4. Pose and expression 1 • Directly facing the camera with your head centered in the photo 2 • Your eyes open and your mouth closed in a neutral expression 3 • A good likeness of your current appearance, taken within the last six months
  5. 5. Size
  6. 6. Size 1 • 2 inches by 2 inches square (51mm x 51mm) 2 • Your head should be between 1inch and 1 3/8 inches (22mm and 35mm) or between 50% and 69% of the total height of the image 3 • A U.S. passport photo is not the same size as a UK passport photo!
  7. 7. You can use the Department of State’s handy online tool to crop your photo to the right size 1 • Upload your photograph to your computer 2 • Visit bit.ly/photographtool 3 • Click ‘Choose Photo’ at the bottom of the webpage to get started!
  8. 8. Quality
  9. 9. Quality 1 • Must be in color and taken against a white or off-white background 2 • Must accurately reflect skin tones and not be underexposed, overexposed or in shadow 3 • Must be in focus, not grainy, blurry, pixelated or damaged – do not scan the photo from your driving license!
  10. 10. Appearance
  11. 11. Appearance 1 • No selfies, holidays snaps or social media pictures! 2 • A head covering can be worn if your wear it daily for religious reasons and it does not obscure your face in the photograph 3 • Don’t wear a hat, helmet or uniform 4 • Make sure your hair does not cover your face 5 • Don’t digitally alter your photo (except red-eye removal) 6 • If you wear glasses, take them off for the photograph
  12. 12. Photographing children
  13. 13. Photographing children 1 • Your child’s eyes should be open and their mouth closed in a neutral expression, if at all possible 2 • You can lay your baby on a white sheet or in a car seat covered with a white sheet 3 • No-one else should be visible in the photograph 4 • Nothing should cover your child’s face
  14. 14. Remember 1 • Your must face the camera looking straight ahead with your eyes open and your mouth closed in a neutral expression 2 • Don’t wear glasses in the photo 3 • The photo must be 2 inches by 2 inches – that’s not the same as a UK passport photo! 4 • Your photo must be in color and taken against a white or off-white background 5 • You can crop your photograph using bit.ly/photographtool 6 • No selfies, holiday snaps, social media pictures or digitally altered photos!
  15. 15. Once your photo is ready, please return to our website at bit.ly/uspptinuk Select the service you wish to apply for to obtain a list of documents required and information about how to submit your application
  16. 16. Click on the logos below for information and updates from U.S. Embassy London! Special Relationship Magazine Follow us!

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