It is recommended that you obtain your passport photo from a professional service, but if you choose to, you can take the photo yourself. You can obtain a passport photos from a local photography agency, passport agency, DMV or U.S. Post Office.
If you take the photo yourself, it must follow specific guidelines and it isn’t allowed to be digitally altered in any way. The camera must be set at the eye-level of the individual being photographed and should be four feet away.
If there are shadows in the background, it can be reduced by bringing the camera closer. The photo should have the individual’s entire head, some of the upper body and there should be space above the individual’s head.
Passport Photo Requirements
- Passport Photo Size 2 x 2
- Taken within the past 6 months
- Color photo Only (Black and White Photo are no longer accepted)
- Full face, Front View with a Plain White or Off-White Background
- Between 1 Inch and 1 3/8 Inches from the bottom of the child
- Taken in normal street attire
Where to Get Passport Photo Taken
You could get your passport photo taken at a number of location thru out the United States some example of location are
- Passport Offices
- Local Photo Studio
Religious Passport Photo
If you need to wear a burqa, topi (taqiyah) or a headscarf this is acceptable, but you need to add an additional letter stating that you are wearing this item on top of your head for religious purposes.
How to Take Your Passport Photo?
If you are going to take your passport photo you must not be wearing a white background this is because all passport photo must be taken on a white background doing so would get your passport application rejected.
This in fact is the main reason why some passport application are denied. A passport photo must be taken on an off-white background. If the background is blue, red, pink, orange or yellow background this is not acceptable by the passport agency.