Passport photo requirements
Your photo must meet these requirements whether it is digital or paper. It needs to be taken within the last 6 months.
- No background shadow. Stand half a metre away from the background so you don’t get a shadow.
- A plain, light coloured background (not white or dark).
- Strong contrast between image and background.
- Have a gap around the head. It helps if you can show part of the shoulders and have space above the head.
- Eyes in full view. You can wear glasses but the rims cannot hide part of the eyes.
- No glare. If your glasses create a glare, take them off.
- Neutral expression. No smiling.
- Face in full view. Nothing (like a hat, hood, scarf) should hide any part of the face.
Framing the photo
Refer to Figure 1 (below) for help with correct framing of the subject. Use values for A, B, C and D to correctly position the head. Frame the photo so that:
- The subject is centred with the midpoints of the mouth and nose lying on an imaginary vertical centreline.
- The length of the head is equal to A
- The width of the head is equal to B
- The eyes are positioned between points C and D
- Ensure there is a clear gap (visible background) around the entire head, including the hair and/or ears.
- jpg or jpeg
- between 500KB and 10MB
- between 900px wide by 1200px high and 4500px wide by 6000px high (turn camera to portrait orientation)
- in 4:3 aspect ratio.
4:3 aspect ratio
two identical photos