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Passport Photo Regulations

To process your application, you are required to provide a recent passport-style photograph(s). Here are several options for passport photographs:

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Passport Photo Regulations

  • Your photo must be recent, within the last 6 months. You cannot use the same photo as the one in your current passport.
  • No eyeglasses, hats or jewelry can be worn.
  • No eyeglasses, hats or jewelry can be worn.
  • Center the head with the frame, making sure the photo shows the full head, from top of hair to bottom of chin.
  • Have a neutral expression and be facing the camera.
  • For children or minors the eyes must be opened, even for newborn.
  • Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper
  • Eye glasses must not be worn – Effective November 1st 2016
  • Background must be plain white or off-white
  • Taken with a neutral facial expression or a natural smile, with both eyes open
  • No hats or head coverings, unless you wear it daily for religious purposes, your full face must be visible
  • No headphones or wireless hands free devices
  • No scans of photos already printed

Passport Photo Head Requirements

Print Size Requirements

  • Photos must be sized to 2 x 2 inches (51 mm).
  • The height of the head (top of hair to bottom of chin) should measure 1 inch to 1 3/8 inches (25 mm – 35 mm).
  • Make sure the eye height is between 1 1/8 inches to 1 3/8 inches (28 mm – 35 mm) from the bottom of the photo.

Taking Digital Photos Yourself

  • You can use a mobile phone or digital camera and send it to us for printing. When sending digital photos, we recommend you submit the original image and not a compressed file. We will professionally resize, crop and print your photos.

File Format Requirements

  • The format may be either ‘jpg’, ‘jpeg’, ‘gif’; or ‘png’. Most images of at least 1 MB will work but do not submit files larger than 15 MB in size.

Well Composed Photo Composition Examples

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