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Did you know that bad photographs are the most common reason for the rejection of passport applications?  Get your photos done right the first time.  We guarantee if you supply us with a good photo we will size and print your photo correct the first time.  If we have a problem with the photo you supplied us we will contact you via email and ask for a new photo, so you have nothing to lose.

We have been specializing in Canadian passport photos since 1989.  We will print your passport photos with the precise measurements needed and print them on the correct paper to guarantee their acceptance. Most Passport photo requirements are different for each country and some are very hard to make correctly to pass the strict passport photo requirement rules.  Let us do it right the first time so you don’t have to go through the Disappointment of a returned Canadian passport application due to poor photos.  With our long time knowledge and attention to detail we GUARANTEE their acceptance or we will do it again for free. You can upload your photos to us online here ORDER NOW.

This is a non-government site and whilst every effort is made to ensure the information is correct and up to date, there may be changes which we are not aware of.  You should confirm details or any concerns with a Canadian Consulate or Embassy Office.

If you have or know of newer information about Canadian Passport, Visa, Citizenship, Permanent Residents or ID photo requirements that is different than the specifications you see on this page, please let us know and we will review and include your helpful information in our next updated of this page.  ​Click here to send us updated information►

We print passport size photos for Canadian Passport Pictures

2 photo are needed for


Canadian Passport Photos


Page last updated 10/20/2021

Canadian passport photo specifications  & requirements

Canadian passport photos can be made from a picture you take with your camera by using our online service or with our mobile passport photo service. We will print them too the exact specification that your government will accept.

The photos that I submitted for my Canadian,Citizenship Certificate passed inspection. So I ordered my passport photos from Bruce of passport photo now. Great service. Product was of high quality and received them quickly. Website is easy to use and packed with helpful information.

Santa Clarita
CA-California, 91387
Passport Photo

I have ordered several times from Passport Photo over the past year and have been supremely impressed each time. Photos are analyzed prior to printing to make sure they meet the country's requirements, then they are shipped out in a very timely manner. Although the photos are not taken in person, they have worked every time. I highly recommend Passport Photo Now and will use them again in the future!

 Christopher McGregor
CA-California, 98245
Passport Photo

First time using the site after going to ups and Walgreens for failed attempts at getting Canadian passport pictures done for my child. So relieved to find this site through other expats living in the area. Bruce was able to guide me through an appropriate photo to use and the final results came in the mail in 3 days. Great service. Thanks so much.

CA-California, 92782
Passport Photo

I was, of course, skeptical of ordering passport pictures online. However, Bruce sent me very clear, easy-to-follow directions about how to take a proper picture, scaled and printed the photos to the exact dimensions required by Canada, and then sent the printed photos to me very promptly. The printed photos arrived fast, looked great, and were accepted by Canada without any hassle. I cannot recommend Passport Photo Now enough.

MD-Maryland, 20770
Passport Photo

After struggling to find somewhere here in the U.S. that could take my Canadian passport photo, I came across this service. I was a bit nervous to take my own photo, but I was so impressed with how they turned out and how quickly I received my photos. After submitting my photo, I heard back from Bruce almost instantly with clear details on how to retake them. I had the finished product in hand far quicker than I expected and would highly recommend this company to anyone in a similar situation!

 Brittany Mitchell
IL-Illinois, 62234
Passport Photo

Very impressive. Nashville UPS, FedEx, and the drug stores could only handle US Passports and most photographers aren't interested in small jobs.. I sent my photo to Passport Photo Now Tuesday morning and my photos arrived Friday morning exactly as specified by the Canadian government. Excellent service and good price. Thank you so much.

 John Valentine
TN-Tennessee, 37076
Passport Photo

I’m so thankful that I found this company to help me get a photo for my Canadian passport. Since the dimensions are different than an American passport photo, it was impossible to find a place to take my passport photo. And being out in the middle of nowhere, I wasn’t able to find a studio that could do it. My photo was approved and I just got my passport! Incredible service, I’ll definitely be using them in the future!

 Natasha Hamilton
NE-Nebraska, 69211
Passport Photo

Fantastic service! After going to my local pharmacy only to get botched photos, I got my wife to take the photo and e-mailed the file to Passport Photo Now for proper sizing, printing and validation. Got the photos back in regular mail in 3 days and was able to send for my Canadian passport. My wife who is a professional headshot photographer, is now in a position to recommend this service, to her customers. She had previously gotten enquiries about difficult foreign passport photo requirements but declined due to the confusing requirements. Now she can take the shot and have her customers use this service!

 Luc Richard
TN-Tennessee, 37064
Passport Photo

I highly recommend using this service! This was a great option for me and my family during the pandemic; we didn't want to go see anybody in person. The instructions were easy to follow, so we were able to take the picture ourselves, send it in, and get them printed perfectly! Also, they shipped super fast (on the regular option); like across the whole country in one day! I got the Canadian passport photos done, and I waited to post this testimonial until my passport arrived! This service made the photo process super easy; it was outside my comfort zone because I've never done it like this before, but now I don't see a reason to not use this service! I will be back here for future passport photos. Thank you so much!

 Ivey Li
GA-Georgia, 30809
Passport Photo

Finding a place that could take and format photos for Canadian passports seemed like an insurmountable task. Every local place seemed to either not be able to handle the formatting or the photography was very unprofessional. solved all my issues and I received everything that I needed in record time. I’ll definitely be using them again.

PA-Pennsylvania, 15232
Passport Photo, Passport Renewal photo​

Testimonials for Canadian Passport Photos



Two (2) identical photographs must be submitted,  They should be 50mm x 70mm (2" x 2¾") in Width and Height.  They should show a close up of your face and the top of your shoulders so that your face takes up between 45% - 51% of the face or 31mm to 36mmfrom the chin to the crown of the head. The photo must clearly show the person's facial features in a straight forward position from the tip of the chin to the crown of the head as well as the left and right sides of the face.  In the case of voluminous hair, it must be ensured that the head (including the hairstyle) is fully depicted without reducing the size of the face, if possible.  The face must be centered in the photo and no more than six months old, to ensure an up to date likeness. 
 BackgroundThe background should be white.  The background should not have any pattern. The photo should show only the person to be photographed (no other persons or objects in the photo). No shadows must be shown on the background.



You need to take the photo with a neutral expression with your mouth closed, not laughing, smiling, frowning and not showing your teeth. With both eyes open, contrived expressions such as raised eyebrows or squinting are not acceptable.
 Head Position The head of the person photographed should be neither at an angle nor turned (portrait style).  Your head must be square to the camera; your face can not be slightly rotated and or tilted. Your face and eyes must be straight towards the camera so we can see an equal amount of each ear and cheek.
 Eyes & Line of  sightThe person in the photo must look directly into the camera. The eyes must be open and dearly visible and may not be covered by hair or spectacle frames.  The camera lens must be at the eye level of the person being photographed , not from above or below
The face must be evenly illuminated by the flash on the camera. Reflections or shadows on the face as well as red eyes must be avoided.  
 Photo Quality
The photo should be printed on high-quality paper with a print resolution of at least 600 dpi (especially when taken with a digital camera). The photo must be neutral in color and skin tones should appear natural. The photo should have no creases or impurities . Photograph cannot be manipulated, for example, by removing spots or softening lines.  Photos must be in color.
 Wearing  GlassesPlease take off your glasses; it will guarantee your photo passing. If you must wear your glasses there cannot be any glare anywhere on the glass and the frame cannot cover any part of your eyes. The eyes must be clearly recognizable (reflections from glasses, tinted glasses or sunglasses are not permitted). 
 Head wearGenerally speaking, head wear is not permitted. Exceptions are possible, especially for religious reasons. In such cases, the face must be visible from the lower tip of the chin to the forehead. No shadows should be visible on the face.

The face must be sharply focused in all areas, rich in contrast and clear. 

 Back of PhotoThe photographer (that us) must put the name and address of the photographer or studio and the date the photo was taken must be provided directly on the back of one photo (see illustration to the left). The photographer may use a stamp or hand write this information. Stick-on labels are unacceptable.
Your guarantor must clearly write on the back of one (1) photo: "I certify this to be a true likeness of (applicant's name)" and sign his or her name (unless you are applying to renew a passport, as no guarantor is necessary for renewals).

Infants or very small children who are unable to support themselves should be photographed

lying down from above.  Hands, arms, etc. used to support the child should not be visible.