Passport Photo – Can I use a magazine photo as an option for my passport photo?

QUESTION:   I am a model and have a picture in a magazine of myself. Am I able to use that photo for my passport photo? What are my passport photo options?


ANSWER:   This topic of passport photo option is not rare.  Many passport holders or applicants want to be sure to follow the guidelines of the passport photograph requirements to avoid any difficulties. Below discusses the rules pertaining to the passport photograph requirements.

These guidelines include the face of the applicant should be facing forward with a neutral facial expression. If the applicant has an awkward facial expression or is playing around, the photos are deem invalid by the passport agency. In addition, the applicant should be directly in the middle of the photo and not leaning to one particular side.

The photo must be clear and which will require the photographer to use a high-resolution camera of 200 dpi or more. Digital cameras will have to be at least 1 megabyte or greater. In addition, the photo needs to be a headshot of the applicant occupying about 75% of the required 2 inch by 2-inch photo. Which means that the applicant’s head size should be between 1-1 ¼ inches high?

Keep in mind; do not use a multi-colored background. Hence, the photos should be in color not black and white with a white wall in the background. The photos cannot be blurred, pixilated, unfocused, have printer patterns, or dots, or be in motion. Finally, do not wear any types of costumes or weird clothing.