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Rules for digital passport photos

Make sure your photo meets these rules. If it doesn’t, you may have problems with your application or when you travel.

How to get your digital photo

You can choose from 3 ways:

  • Get a friend to take one. They can use a phone, tablet or digital camera. We’ll show you how to take a good passport photo and upload it.
  • Go to a photo shop. You’ll get a digital copy of your photo. Some shops can also give you a photo code. We’ll show you how to use the code to retrieve your digital photo.
  • Go to a booth. From some booths in the UK and abroad, you’ll be able to get a photo code with your printed photos. We’ll show you how to use the code to retrieve your digital photo.

What your digital photo must show

If you get someone to take your photo they need to fit your head, shoulders and upper body into the photo. Don’t crop your photo – we’ll do it for you.

Your photo must:

  • be taken against a plain, light-coloured background
  • contain no other objects or people
  • not have any shadows on your face or behind you
  • be taken in the last month

In your photo you must:

  • be facing forward and looking straight at the camera
  • have a plain expression and your mouth closed
  • have your eyes open and visible
  • not have hair covering your eyes
  • not wear anything on your head (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)

Don’t wear sunglasses or tinted glasses. If you wear glasses that you can’t take off, your eyes must be visible without any glare or reflections.

The quality of your digital photo

Your photo must be:

  • in focus and without any red eye
  • in colour with no effects or filters
  • at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels tall
  • at least 50kb and no more than 10mb

Digital photo dos and don’ts