Baby Passport Photo for US Passport

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US Baby Passport Photo - Size & Requirements

Baby US Passport Photo
Width: 2 in
Height: 2 in
300 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 1.29 in
  • Bottom of the Photo to the Eye Line: 1.18 in
Is it suitable for online submission?
Is it printable?
Background Color

How to make a photo?

Body-camera distance
Body-camera distance
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face

US Baby Passport Photo Guidelines

Travelling was never so easy as today. AIrlines offer hundreds of directions, even the most exotic. Passport and tickets are keys to explore all the world. 

The passport photo is a part and parcel of application. The Bureau of Consular Affairs or US Embassy can refuse to issue a passport due to your incorrectly prepared photo. US newborn passport photos are a little bit easier to take. It is enough to:

  • have a white, solid background;
  • have the baby in the center of the photo;
  • the child's face should occupy from 70 to 80% of the picture and the eyes and chin should be in the right places.

Of course, these are not all the requirements, because there are some specifications all passport photos need to qualify for. We are going to show you all the important information and give some clever tips.

From this article you will learn:

  • All the requirements for a US baby passport photo;
  • The most popular mistakes;
  • The correct size of a US newborn photo;
  • How to prepare an acceptable background and how to dress your child for a passport photo;
  • How to prepare a US baby passport photo online.

Why is the correct baby passport photo so important?

The US government attaches importance not only to passport photos. From some time, biometric photos are used in our IDs, driving licences and other personal documents. It is said that biometric photos are a little bit strange. You have to stand in front of the camera and look straight into the lens. You cannot show any emotion on your face and tilt your head. There is a huge similarity to photos taken for criminals at police stations, but it allows us to increase the level of public safety. Every citizen has an individual set of biometric features of the face. Advanced technology scans photos and can identify any attempts of cheating. 

On the other hand, have you ever been embarrassed showing your ID with an old, unprepared photo? It happens every day, so it is a good idea to take care of your passport photo. 

Passports for newborns are also required. It is known that well-prepared baby passport photos increase children's safety. Identification of the kid is easier if police can use high-tech systems. Baby passport photo requirements are similar to these for adults, but there are a few differences. We prepared here all the information you need to know if you want to quickly get a passport for a baby.

Take a photo and make sure your newborn will get a passport quickly

There are some requirements that a picture of your child must be qualified for, but you can use your smartphone and our online photo editor. It is enough to take a photo of your newborn and upload it to the app. You do not have to worry about anything. It will adjust the dimensions to the required 2 x 2 inches (it is equal to 51 mm) and change the background to white. Also, it must be 25-35 mm from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. Make sure there is only a baby in the picture. 

We suggest dressing your newborn in more colourful clothes, to have good contrast with the light background.  It is important that our online photo tool also checks your picture, so you have a guarantee it will be accepted. You do not have to go to a professional photographer with your child, your ready baby passport photo will be sent to your email. Yes - it is so simple.

Requirements for a US Baby Passport Photo

For the newest requirements, you can browse the government's site, where you can find all the important information, especially concerning COVID-19 recommendations. There are four ways to get a passport. It depends on the date of your travel. If it is a life-or-death emergency, you need to call and confirm your situation. If there is no rush, you can apply via the Internet. 

As it was said, there are some requirements concerning dimensions and specification of the passport photo for your young child. Most of them are universal, but some details are different. We described all you have to know, so keep calm and read more.

Quality and dimensions

First of all, remember the colour photo must be taken in the last six months. The correct size is 2x2 inches (51 mm x 51 mm). The head must be between 1 - 1 3/8 inches (25 - 35 mm) (from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head). It should have a high resolution because all details of the face are important. The quality must be perfect. You have to know that it is forbidden to make any digital changes, so do not use any filter. If there is a red-eye effect, just take another picture. Make sure you prepare a white background. If you're going to take a photo at home, a car seat with a white bedsheet is a smart solution. Keep in mind our photo online editor can also change the background and adjust the photo to the remaining requirements. Make sure there is no shadow on the face or background. It the end, print them on matte or glossy photo quality paper

Passport photos cannot be:

  • blurred, pixelated, grainy;
  • damaged with holes, creases or smudges;
  • too dark or too light.

The face

Your child must be in the center of the photo and look straight into the camera. Generally, a kid should be in front of the camera and directly look into the lens. If it is possible, try to take a photo with a neutral expression and open eyes. The Bureau is very understanding when it comes to requirements due to newborns and young children. It is acceptable if the infant's eyes (particularly a newborn's) are not, or are not entirely, open. Anyway, the face and head must be fully visible. And again, make sure there is only a child in the photo and there are no accessories, toys or teddy bears. 

Clothes and hairstyle

You do not have to look for any special clothes to take a passport photo. It might be a nice, casual garment. We suggest that you dress your child in some expressive coloured clothes. It allows a good contrast on the picture. White colour causes blending with the background. Black makes too much contrast. It constricts or forecloses the operation of the biometric system. If your kid has a long fringe, make sure it is not covering the child's face and there is no shadow there.

Do not cover the child’s head

It is important to have a fully visible face, including eyes and ears, on the baby passport photo. Take a picture of your newborn on a sunny day at home. You do not need to cover his/her head with a cap and also you will have a nice, natural light. Remember, that if the colours on the photo are not natural, it could be rejected. Avoid any glasses, baby's pacifiers or other accessories. 

How do your children need to pose on the passport photo?

For the US passport photo, adults must stay or sit in front of the camera and look straight into the lens. This process looks different for infants. Parents very often consider: how to take a correct photo of a newborn for a passport or visa? There are a few solutions, but one of the most popular is to take a picture in a carseat with a white sheet. One of the best things to do is using our online app to adjust and verify your newborn passport photo. While taking the pic, infants are often uninterested in the parent who is with a smartphone or camera. A good tip is while you are taking a photo, to hold a child's favorite toy. Make sure the kid will not cover her/his face because these kinds of passport photos are always rejected. 

If your child is a little bit older, choose one of the sunny mornings to have great lighting. A kid should wear some nice, colourful clothes and sit down on the stool. You do not have to worry about the background because our online photo editor will adapt your picture to the requirements. Your task is to ask the child to close his/her mouth, open the eyes and look straight into the camera.  

Remember, that the US passport photo for newborn must be clear and in color, reproduce skin tones accurately. Any glasses, head covering or other accessories are forbidden. The head should be centered and have 25-35 mm. The dimension of the photo must be 2x2 inches. The required background is solid, white. If you want to get a passport photo quickly, make sure your child looks straight into the camera, has opened eyes and closed mouth. The expression should be neutral. Remember, in the picture it should be only a child. And finally, do not digitally change the photo.

Our team is very happy to help people in everyday situations. Adjusting and preparing US passport photos for newborns is one of them. If you use our online app to validate your photo, you will have a 100% guarantee it will be accepted. Besides, you will save time, because you do not need to go to a professional photographer with your kid and you can stay calm about your passport application. 

Most common mistakes on passport photos for a baby

Our experience shows that people often repeat their mistakes on US passport photos for newborns and children. If you are taking a photo at home, you’d better avoid:

Unacceptable background

One of the most popular reasons that newborn passport photos are rejected is preparing an incorrect background (or not preparing at all). You need to have a white, solid background unless you want to send an application again.

Wrong dimensions, low quality

Inappropriate size, low resolution and quality of passport photo are common arguments to reject your passport photo for a baby. People think it should not be as perfect as a photo for adults, because “it is only a child” and “his/her appearance will change in three months”. Of course it is true, but the biometric system will identify characteristic facial lines. 

Shadows on the face or background

As it was said before, there is no possibility to accept any passport photo with shadows. You should take care of uniform light. If you want to take a photo at home for your child, we suggest posing at the opposite side of the window. You can also prepare a floor lamp. 

The child does not look straight at the camera

People often take care of a lot of requirements, but they forget about this simple rule. If you will take a passport photo for a kid, you’d better stand in front of him, ask the child to look at you and then take a pic. If a newborn does not look straight at the camera, the application for a passport will be rejected. 

Unnatural light

It is a bad idea to take a photo after the sun goes down. Of course, our smartphones have a lot of functions and filters, but the passport photo for US citizens cannot be digitally changed. Pictures taken in the afternoon in unnatural light look really bad and probably will be rejected.

Frequently Asked Questions

❓ How do you take a passport photo of a newborn?

There is a quick instruction to take a perfect passport photo for your child:

  1. Prepare a white, solid background or use our online photo editor, which adjusts and prepares your passport photo.
  2. Choose a good part of the day to have natural sunlight.
  3. Make sure the newborn looks straight at the camera, has closed mouth and eyes open. It will be good if a kid will have a neutral expression.
  4. Take a few pictures.

Make sure the photo you choose is clean and has the required size (2x2 inches) or use our online app to prepare and verify your photo.

❓ What is the US passport photo size for a newborn?

All US passport photos have the following size: 2x2 inches.

❓ Can a baby have the mouth open in a passport photo?

No, passport photos with an open mouth will be rejected. Make sure his/her face is fully visible.

Yes, even an infant needs a biometric passport photo. Applications without photos will be rejected.

Yes, it is a very good idea to use your smartphone. Check the requirements or use our online photo editor to adjust your picture. We offer a 100% guarantee that your photo will be accepted.

Yes, it is obligatory to have a white background on a US passport photo. If you take a photo of your child at home, you can use a white sheet, but it is easier to use our online photo editor, which prepares and adjusts your baby passport photo.

There are no special requirements for clothes. It is suggested to not use bright colours to have a nice contrast with the background. It is also a good idea to avoid the black colour.

There are a lot of possibilities. One of the most popular is using our online photo validator, which prepares your passport photo for a newborn.

If you have a photo of yourself, you can use our online app to adjust and prepare it to the dimensions and requirements. Remember there must be your face only on your photo without head covering and sunglasses. Upload it and get a well-adjusted visa photo. We guarantee your picture will be accepted and you pay only for a correct photo.

No. It is highly recommended to show your neutral expression and mouth closed. It is important to have open and visible eyes. Young children like newborns can have an open mouth and show some expression, but it still is needed to look straight into the camera.

You can wear a head covering only if it is worn for medical reasons or it is a part of your religion.

You can wear your glasses only if you have a medical paper from your doc.

Yes, you can wear small earrings or a necklace in a US passport photo.

About the document

How to get a US passport for a baby?

During the pandemic, you can get a passport online. First of all, you need to fill the form shared by the US government. You can find it here. The next step is to pay the fee, which is about 80 - 120 USD. After that, you should submit a good photo. There are some requirements for passport photos, but you can use our online app, which helps you adjust your picture. You have to confirm your identity, so prepare your previous expired or valid passport. The other way is to submit your birth certificate. If you were born outside the United States, you have to show a Certificate of Naturalization and Certificate of Citizenship. When you get the passport, you have to show your ID or two other documents with photos.

Which documents are needed to get a passport?

If you want to apply for a passport, you have to prepare:

  • the original evidence of your U.S. citizenship;
  • a photocopy of the front (and back, if there is printed information) of your original evidence of the U.S. citizenship (photocopies must be: legible, on white 8.5”x11” standard paper, black and white, and single-sided);

Warning: You cannot submit digital evidence of your U.S. citizenship (e.g. electronic or mobile birth certificate) when applying for a U.S. passport. You must continue to submit your physical evidence of U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of it. 

When you go for the passport, you’d better take your ID with you. 

What is physical evidence of U.S. citizenship?

The physical evidence of United States citizenship is your previous, expired (or not) passport or your U.S. birth certificate, which should contain:

  • the city, county, or state of birth;
  • applicant’s full name, date of birth, and place of birth;
  • parent(s)’ full names;
  • the signature of the city, county, or state registrar;
  • the date filed with registrar's office (must be within one year of birth);
  • the seal of the issuing authority.

If you were born outside the United States you can use: 

  • A fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (can be expired);
  • A Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth;
  • A Certificate of Naturalization;
  • A Certificate of Citizenship.

How much does a US passport cost?

For adults (16 and older) first-time applicants for a passport book & card you have to pay 175 USD. Child applicants pay less - 140 USD. For renewal you should pay 140 USD. If your passport is not correct, you do not have to pay for it.

How long should I wait for a US passport?

In routine, you have to wait 10 - 12 weeks. For a special reason, it could be a little bit quicker. Check the actual information here.

Are there some places I do not need a US passport?

Yes, you can travel without a passport to Canada, Mexico and also all U.S. territories, for example: 

  1. St Thomas;
  2. St John;
  3. St Croix;
  4. Hawaii;
  5. Puerto Rico;
  6. Mariana Islands;
  7. Guam;
  8. American Samoa.

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