Summer Travel May Require a Passport Photo- Tips and Tricks

April 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Are you looking to get away this summer and travel overseas, to the islands or even just take a road trip to Canada.Do you have a passport? Well if you don't now is the time to get one, as government policies require you to have one even if it means your jumping the Canadian border for the weekend. 

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  • The most important process in requiring a passport is making sure your passport photograph is within government standards. Trust me this can be a tedious process.
  • Did you know the government actually recommends that you use a professional photographer when getting a photograph taken for your passpor?. Your photo is a vital part of your passport application.
  • The acceptance of your photo is always at the discretion of the U.S. passport agency. To ensure your photo meets all the requirements review the information below provided from the government travel site.

If you are applying for a U.S. Passport, you must provide one (1) photo. Your passport photo must be:

  • In color
  • Printed on photo quality paper
  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. 
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis:
    • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
    • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
    • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
    • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo.
    • Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required)
    • Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.  

 

Photo Composition Template

 

 Photos copied or digitally scanned from driver’s licenses or other official documents are not acceptable. In addition, snapshots, magazine photos, low quality vending machine or mobile phone photos, and full-length photographs are not acceptable.

 

Source: Click Here To View Government Regulations.


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