You need a photo when you renew or apply for a passport. The photo must meet our requirements.
We recommend that you apply with a digital photo using our online service. This will save you money on postage and remove the risk of a physical photo becoming damaged on the way to our office.
Most agencies that provide passport photos, can send you a copy of the image in a digital format, ready for use on our online service.
Online photo checker
You can check your digital photo by using our online photo checker before you apply.
When you apply for your passport through our online passport service, your photo will be assessed twice, first by our automated system and then later by our staff.
Your photo must be taken within the last 6 months.
We are not able to accept:
- digital scans of physical photos
Get your passport photo taken
We recommend you get your photo taken:
- at a pharmacy
- at selected PostShops
- by a professional photographer
- at Warehouse Stationery.
If you are in Australia, you can check to see if your local post office will provide a digital photo.
If you are taking your photo using a Samsung or iPhone have a look at our guide videos to make sure you get it right, first time.
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Your photo must meet these requirements whether it is digital or paper. It needs to be taken within the last 6 months.
If your digital photo does not meet our requirements you'll receive an error message from our online photo checker. Here are some solutions for fixing common errors.