At-Home Digital Passport Photo

At-Home Digital Passport Photo

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U.S. Digital Passport Photo: Size & Requirements

Digital Passport Photo
Width: 600 px
Height: 600 px
1 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 70 %
  • Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 5 %
Is it suitable for online submission?
Is it printable?
Background Color

How to take 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

Digital copy of a passport photo: overview

Not so long ago, printed passport photos were the only option for U.S. citizens who wanted to apply for or renew their passports. Since August 2022, Americans are more than welcome to prepare digital copies of their passport pictures when renewing their passport. This is thanks to the government pilot program of online passport renewals.

U.S. applicants can now renew their passports online through a MyTravelGov account. To complete the application, they must upload a digital image that meets all U.S. passport photo requirements.

The U.S. Department of State only accepts electronically-created passport images without any digital alterations. Just like with printed passport photos, digital pictures must reflect the applicant's current appearance.

Here, you will learn: 

  • the additional regulations for U.S. digital passport photos
  • how to get a digital passport-style photo, and
  • where to obtain a digital passport photo.

Passport photo: digital copy requirements

Because of their form, digital passport photos must follow specific technical requirements to be accepted during the online application. These specifications include the image’s:

  • dimensions
  • file format
  • file size
  • resolution, and
  • quality 

Take a look at the table with detailed information on each requirement.

U.S. Digital Passport Photo: Technical Specifications


The image’s dimensions must fit between 600x600 and 1200x1200 pixels. Remember that the applicant’s head must take up 50%-69% of the picture’s height.

File format

Digital passport photos are accepted only in the .JPEG file format.

File size

The image’s file size must fit between 54kB and 10MB.

Resolution & Quality

Make sure the image is of the highest quality and resolution and has no blur or visible pixels. The applicants must submit color images in the sRGB color space.

On top of that, the digital image must meet the general requirements for U.S. passport photos. They include the applicant’s face, clothing, and position. Take a look at our thorough checklist to make sure your picture meets every regulation.

How to get a passport photo with a digital copy

There are two ways in which U.S. citizens can obtain a digital passport photo. Both require applicants to use electronic devices, such as computers or smartphones.

  1. Upload your existing picture into a dedicated photo tool, like PhotoAiD®.
  2. Take a new photo with your smartphone and transform it into a compliant digital passport picture.

In case you have a printed passport photo, do not scan it. The U.S. State Department does not accept scanned electronic copies, which is due to the usually bad resolution and quality.

If you already have a digital copy of your passport photo, make sure it meets all the requirements. To do this, put it through a professional photo app that will check every detail. 

There are many tools on the market, but PhotoAiD® comes with a double verification (AI check and human expert feedback) and a 100% compliance guarantee. Try it out today!

If you don’t have a digital image, you can take your passport photo easily at home with your smartphone. With a dedicated passport photo maker, such as PhotoAiD®, applicants can get their pictures in just 3 seconds! Snap it and let the app do the rest. See how easy it is!

Where to get a digital passport photo

U.S. citizens and residents can find multiple places that offer passport photo services, starting from drugstores and mall centers and ending with photo studios. However, most provide only printed passport photos; check if your nearest store offers digital ones.

The easiest way to get a digital passport photo is to use your smartphone! This solution comes with no additional abilities or requirements. Simply take a picture or ask somebody to do it for you—no need to travel or search for the nearest passport photo-taking service. Read on to know more!

Take a digital passport photo at home!

Prepare passport photos wherever you are! Living room, your office, a garden, or even at the beach (not in a swimsuit, though!) with PhotoAiD®.

Grab your smartphone, pose in a well-lit room (preferably in daylight), and snap a photo! Thanks to our passport photo tool, your digital image will meet all U.S. requirements.

PhotoAiD® is an innovative photo application that crops, resizes, and edits every picture to meet the regulations of a given country. Regarding the United States, applicants can be sure that their digital passport photo will turn out 100% compliant with the rules posed by the U.S. Department of State.

Right after taking a photo with our app, it goes through a double-check; first, by advanced AI technology, and then it gets verified by a human expert who always comes back with feedback. If any errors occur, don’t worry—every retake is free, and you are welcome to use it as much as you need!

When the photo is accepted, you will receive your image immediately at the provided email address. Your U.S. digital passport photo is ready for online submission!

Last update: 3/24/23

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