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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

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Canadian Passport Photos


Page last updated 8/04/2016

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.

only $9.99

Excellent Service, 2nd time I have used Passport Pictures Now, didn't hesitate to use them again and will use them the next time I have to renew my passport without question, highly recommend this service to my fellow Canadians living in the USA

 Douglas Staines
TX-Texas, 76513
Passport Renewal photo

The Canadian passport office accepted the photos! PassportPhotoNow saved me a lot of time and trouble with my passport renewal. Bruce was very helpful in explaining how to take a good picture with enough resolution.

 A L
IL-Illinois, 60290
Passport Renewal photo

Was a little concerned with getting my photo done through PassportNow because of recent changes in Canadian Passport rules regarding photos, but all went very well with the photo that I was sent back from PassportNow! There were no issues at all and in fact the photo that I submitted to passport Canada was even better then the one that I had submitted for my previous passport. Much clearer and much brighter than before. Great job! Got my Canadian Passport back to me this week and am thrilled! Thanks!

 Tim Nolan
IN-Indiana, 46250
Passport Photo

Just amazing!! It's unreal, how many places you would walk in, to get your passport picture taken, and once you tell them, it is NOT for USA passport, they will turn you down in a second because they cannot adjust or get the right messuraments for any other passport picture on their photo printer/divice. Was it really frustraiting to get my daughter's passport picture done? Yes it was, until I found this wonderful website. Not only you get the exact right size picture for little price, but get great customer service as well. One great thing about this service is that you take your own picture, at the comfort of your home, e-mail it back to Bruce and it will be done just right in a little time. He will make the adjustments needed. The pictures were awesome and delivered withing a week. Canada passport program accepted the photograps, no problem. Now my daughter's passport is on its way to us. I will definetly recommend this site, and I will be using it to take my picture to renew my passport later this year. Thanks again for the great service

 Beatriz Rodriguez
FL-Florida, 32216
Passport Renewal photo

No surprise to find out that Canada has different requirements for passport photos than America which presents a big problem in completing the passport application while living in the USA. I was very happy to find Passport Photo Now as they resolved my problem. Their website is clear, their service quick and payment easy. I highly recommend using them for your passport picture needs.

 Diane Apuan
Long Beach
CA-California, 90813
Passport Photo

You can trust this service!! I couldn't find anywhere to take Canadian passport photos so I thought I would give Passport Photos Now a try. I am so glad I did. My photos came very quickly, I submitted them and I received my passport within 2 weeks. Thanks Bruce!!

 Michelle Reimer
OH-Ohio, 44224
Passport Photo

The service I received from you was fast and excellent. The communications were clear and helpful. My new Canadian passport arrived 14 days later. Many thanks!

 Helmut Julinot
LA-Louisiana, 70301
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.