Dutch Passport Photo

Dutch Passport Photo

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Dutch Passport Photo Size and Format

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Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
600 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 29 mm
  • Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 6.5 mm
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

Dutch Passport Photo Requirements & Size

An essential requirement to obtain a passport is a biometric professional picture. The photo must be presented at the time of applying for the passport, and must meet certain criteria and requirements. If you are planning to travel and need a photo in an easy and efficient way we can help you do it all from home.

Passport photo size in Netherlands

The Netherlands passport photo size is required to be 3.5 cm of width to 4.5 cm of height. The passport size photo dimensions in the Netherlands must have a minimum resolution of the photo must be at least 400 dpi, the recommended digital quality is 600 dpi.

Dutch passport photo requirements

Present a passport-size photograph at the time of renewal or for the first emission of the dutch passport. The photo must be new, and taken in the past 6 months of the application date. It can’t be altered by computer software and must be in colour.This picture should be printed on high-quality paper, sharp and undamaged. Some other requirements for the dutch passport photo are as follows:

Passport picture dimensions

Your face can’t be tilted and must be in the center of the picture, the whole head has to appear in the picture including the upper part of your shoulders. Excluding ears the width of your face should be from 1.6 cm to 2.0 cm. On the other hand, the length of your face should be from 2.6 cm to 3.0 cm from your forehead to your chin.

Netherlands passport photo background 

The background of the photo must be white or a similar color, such as beige tonalities. It must be clear, meaning there can't be any paintings or decorations on the wall. If you don't have a white wall you can always try to use a white sheet, taking into consideration lighting and shadows. 

Shadows and lightning in Dutch passport photo

When taking the picture we should try to avoid shadows, this can be done with the right lightning. Natural sunlight is the best way to achieve a good picture, since artificial non professional light can cause some shadows and reflections, the morning is the best time to take the photo.

If the lightning in the picture is even and uniform there will be no shadows or reflections on your face or background. To prevent this you should also avoid wearing piercings or accessories that shine and can cause problems in the photo.

How to take a passport photo in the Netherlands?

Now that we know about the size and requirements of the Dutch passport photo, we can move on to how to do it and the criteria for it. Below is a list of the best tips to common questions so you can take the best photo in the easiest way possible, all from the comfort of your home.

What should I wear for the Dutch passport photo?

The best tip we can give you is to wear something that makes you comfortable, but there are some things you should avoid:

  • Uniforms of any kind are not allowed
  • Sleeveless t-shirts or tank tops are not a good option, since it can make you look naked in the picture
  • Sweaters with big necks can get your photo rejected.
  • Avoid wearing a white t-shirt, shirt or blouse, dark colors are recommended to contrast with the white background.

Is makeup allowed in the Dutch passport photo?

Wearing makeup is not prohibited if it does not change or hide any physical features. Makeup can be a useful tip if you respect the rules and not use it excessively. It can’t change your natural skin color, because your photo will be rejected.

What accessories are allowed for the Dutch passport photo?

Glasses with dark lenses are not allowed. Glasses are only allowed if they do not hide any facial features or give off reflections, however, it is recommended not to wear them at the time of the photo.

The use of caps, hats or scarves is not allowed. Sometimes religious accessories can be permitted as long as they don't obstruct the view of the face.

It is recommended not to use accessories in the hair and it is better to opt for simple hairstyles.

Should I smile in my photo for my Dutch passport?

You should keep your mouth closed and a neutral expression, this makes a smile very difficult to achieve. Although a very light smile may be acceptable, we recommend you not to smile while posing for a Dutch passport photo.

Where to take a Dutch passport photo near my home?

You can do it from your couch! With our technology and artificial intelligence we offer you the option to take an unlimited number of photos from which you can choose your favorite one and with our Passport photo editor we guarantee that your photos will not be rejected. All you need to do is follow our recommendations, choose a photo and upload it to our application, we take care of the rest! You will receive the passport size photo to your email with the complete measurements and requirements.

Android and iPhone app for dutch passport photo

Our services are available in the app stores too. Download Android passport photo app or iPhone passport photo app.

Last update: 12/6/22

Frequently Asked Questions

💡 What is the photo size for the dutch passport photo?

The size should be 35 x 45 mm, and have a resolution of 400 dpi

💡 Can I use my iPhone to take a photo for the dutch passport?

Of course! You can do it from any smartphone can! You just have to upload it to our app later and leave it to us.

💡 Can I wear glasses for my passport photo in the Netherlands?

Yes, it is allowed if they do not interfere with anything in your face. It is still advisable to just take them off to avoid your photo being rejected. Sunglasses or tinted glasses are, of course, not permitted.

No, it must be printed on high-quality photo paper.

The photo you submit must be no more than 6 months old.

You must keep your mouth closed and a neutral face expression, so do not smile.

You can use makeup, as long as you don't change any facial features and your natural skin tone remains the same.

You can wear whatever you want as long as it isn't a uniform. Try to avoid tank tops and white t-shirts.

No, it must be printed on high-quality photo paper.

No, if you do it in your computer alone your photo will be rejected. Leave it to us, our AI technology takes care of it.

About the document

To start the application process you must go to the Gemeente, which is the municipality in the Netherlands. You have to go personally to the one in which you are registered, and give the documentation necessary:

  • A passport photo. It has to be recent and meet the strict requirements reviewed before.
  •  You must present documents that prove your identity and nationality. Either your identity card, current passport or nationality certificate. 

The cost of this document is 107.60 euros and it has a validity of 10 years.

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