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British passport & Visa photo specifications  & requirements

British passport, visa, citizenship & ID 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.

 Format(Size)Two (2) identical photographs must be submitted,  They should be 35mm x 45mm 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 60% - 75% of the face or 29mm to 34mmfrom 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 a plain cream or light grey.  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 counter signatory should sign and date the back of ONE of the photos with the handwritten statement, "I certify that this is a true likeness of (full name of applicant).

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.


Page last updated 10/20/2021

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We have been specializing in UK 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 United Kingdom 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 British Consulate or Embassy Office.

If you have or know of newer information about British passport, Visa, Citizenship 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.  

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United Kingdom

Quick responses for a few issues I had with the original pictures sent. Very professional manner. Received quality photos. If you are in a hurry, select express shipping, can't rely on post office to deliver in a normal timeframe nowadays (not passportphotonow's fault)

 jeffrey wolinsky
NY-New York, 11377
United Kingdom
Passport Photo

First, I can’t remember the last product review I wrote; it takes a lot to get me to do one but I am making sure that this testimonial gets done right away because the passport service provided by Bruce Hallstrom and Passport Photo Now has been an absolute life-saver for me and my wife. The UK Passport Office’s requirements for a passport photo are so demanding that we faced the threat of sending photos to England with our application package just to have them denied and all monies paid to them CONFISCATED. After a scary experience and wasted weeks with Walgreens who said they knew what they were doing but gave us photos that were rejected by HM Passport Office we searched online and were saved by Bruce & Co. Thank God! In no time at all he spun his magic and our photos were approved and accepted! All for what I consider to be a nominal cost! I don’t know what we would have done without his services and we will be eternally grateful. Thank You!

 Francis Sargent
VA-Virginia, 20147
United Kingdom
Passport Photo

Bruce you are a life saver........ I need a new UK passport before Brexit goes through. Going to working in Europe this year. Everything has changed getting passports and photos. Thank goodness for Bruce. He was very patience when we got the photo wrong the first time. explained what we need to do. 2nd time was a charm. Thanks again Bruce. I highly recommend

 Jillian Wratten
VA-Virginia, 22204
United Kingdom
Passport Photo

This is a great service for passport photographs that are a different size from the standard US passport photo. Be sure to attach ACTUAL SIZE photographs to your email when you send them in or they will be rejected as too small.

 Peter Viner-Brown
RI-Rhode Island, 2864
United Kingdom
Passport Renewal photo

Unfortunately, applying for a new British passport from the USA has its own unique set of problems beginning with the photos we must supply to HM Passport Office that must be of a very specific size in mm (whereas every single passport photo machine in this country is calibrated in inches!) So what do I do now? I searched online for a solution and found, contacted them (Bruce) and found out that if I could supply a good enough JPEG they could convert that into a quality passport photo to satisfy the exacting measurements required. I have a Sony Alpha 5100 with assorted lenses, not the best quality camera on the market for a good portrait but one that should be able to produce what was needed. Dusted off the old SLIK tripod and set up a mini studio, took what I thought were some good enough shots and sent the best one off to PASSPORTPHOTONOW. Bruce tried to make it work but I had relied too much on the telephoto and the result was a distorted face so next I changed lenses, took a few more shots and a day later sent a variety off to Bruce. I'm happy to report he was able to use one of these and produced the desired passport photos. I have a machinists rule (shows mm as well as inches) and applied it to the photos and everything was exactly to spec. Obviously this guy knows what he's doing, let's just hope HM's Passport Office finds them as acceptable as I do. Thank you Bruce, you were helpful and easy to work with, price was a bargain, too.

FL-Florida, 32526
United Kingdom
Passport Photo

I've used this service twice now, and am very, very happy. I get email feedback quickly about the pictures I submit and then within a few days I receive my pictures in the mail I live in Rochester, New York and it is very difficult to find someone to take pictures that fit the requirements for a British Passport photo. This site has been very easy to use and perfectly fit my needs. I am glad I found it!

 Erin McCarrick
NY-New York, 14534
United Kingdom
Passport Photo

Outstanding service! Extremely quick and the photos were of excellent quality and meeting all the size and technical requirements for a British passport. It was also very convenient to do everything at home. I will always use this service from now on.

 Dougal Martin
VA-Virginia, 20148
United Kingdom
Passport Renewal photo

I have used this service twice now, for passport photos for two different countries. They provide excellent service with fast follow up if there is a problem with the image and a quick turnaround. The price is also excellent, especially compared to services I have used here in Chicago. I will definitely use them for every passport and visa photo I need.

IL-Illinois, 60622
United Kingdom
Passport Renewal photo

A simple process, followed by good customer service (I had tried to retouch the photo, but they requested the original and fixed the background MUCH better than I had). In all, I would absolutely recommend them to anyone. Great job!

 Andy Milder
Manhattan Beach
CA-California, 90266
United Kingdom
Passport Photo

I was very, very happy with the service. Passport Photo were able to give me feedback on my first picture, which ended up in me retaking a new picture which was acceptable for my British passport. They were very quick and efficient. Would definitely recommend them!

 Erin McCarrick
NY-New York, 14534
United Kingdom
Passport Photo

I needed a photo to renew my UK passport and was very pleased with the speed and quality of this service. Received my new passport a few days ago with no problems!

 Andrew Davy
Del Mar
CA-California, 92014
United Kingdom
Passport Renewal photo