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Passport photos

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You will need a quality passport photo

If you're renewing your adult passport online you need to upload a colour digital photo, for paper-based applications you must supply 2 identical colour photographs. Your photos must not be more than 6 months old.

Find more information below about the requirements for online applications or paper applications.

    Online Applications

  • Passport Photo Requirements

    The photo is an essential part of your travel document.  To help you avoid some of the most common problems with photo quality, we have summarised the main requirements.

  • Examples of adult passport photos

    We recommend you use a business that provides a specialist passport photo service. Make sure your face is clearly visible, otherwise your application will be delayed.

  • Tips to help you get correct photos

    High-quality photos in New Zealand passports makes them harder to counterfeit and enables New Zealanders to travel visa-free to more countries around the world.

  • Check your digital photo now

    A photo is an essential part of your passport, and has very specific requirements.
    Check your photo is suitable for upload to The Online Renewal Service.

Paper Applications

  • Passport Photo Requirements

    The photo is an essential part of your travel document.  To help you avoid some of the most common problems with photo quality, we have summarised the main requirements.

  • Examples of adult passport photos

    We recommend you use a business that provides a specialist passport photo service. Make sure your face is clearly visible, otherwise your application will be delayed.

  • Examples of child passport photos

    The same security rules apply to children and babies. For babies, lay them down on the floor on a plain sheet. This makes it easier to take a photo with your baby looking straight ahead.

  • Tips to help you get correct photos

    High-quality photos in New Zealand passports makes them harder to counterfeit and enables New Zealanders to travel visa-free to more countries around the world.