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Taking a photo of a child can be difficult sometimes, but it is a good idea to do it at home. Visit the professional photographer's studio costs a lot of money, and it can be a very stressful situation for a baby and you. If you are applying for a passport using a paper form, then you need two identical printed baby passport photos. If you want to apply for a passport online, then you would only need one digital photo. We can make this whole process much easier. The only thing you need to do is to take the photo by yourself with a phone and then upload it on our site. Such a homemade photo is the first step to obtain a valid baby passport photo, and an easy way to get a passport for a baby online. Taking a baby passport photo can be overwhelming, and this is why we prepared this guide to help you with all the baby passport photo requirements. You have to fulfil a set of requirements to make your newborn's passport photo valid, but don't worry, they are a little less stringent than the standard ones for adults.
It is obvious that you must take an individual baby passport photo for each baby. When it comes to facilities, children under one do not have to have their eyes open and children under 6 do not have to be looking directly at the camera or have a plain facial expression (grimaces are allowed). Very young children are allowed to have an open mouth, but they cannot hold any toys.
When submitting digital photos, you must provide a new infant baby photo, which means that it has to be taken in the last 30 days. If you are not applying online, then you need to print two identical photos also taken within a month from the date of mailing.
Required digital infant passport photo size is at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels tall and it cannot be less than 50KB or more than 10MB. Try to make it the best quality you can manage – so that they are not pixelated.
The photo must be in color! If you are scanning your photo it can't have printer dots or any scratches, it must be clear, in focus, not digitally changed, and unaltered by computer software. The good quality of a digital photo is required.
If you want to use a paper form to apply for a newborn's passport, you'll need to prepare 2 identical photos. One of them needs to be countersigned ('I certify that this is a true likeness of [title and the full name of a child who is getting the passport].' and their signature and the date under the statement). You can obtain your photos by uploading them on our site and by choosing the delivery to your current address.
Printed newborn passport photo requirements Both photos must be identical and have 35 mm in width and 45 mm in height. They also have to be printed on a professional, high-quality photographic paper – glossy or matte. The oval of the face has to be centered and facing the camera. Remember that the baby passport photo cannot show any shadows in the background, which has to be white or off-white.
Children have to be alone in the photo, but you can support the head of your baby with your hand (only if it is not visible in the photo). Infant cannot hold any toys or other items. Other items should not be visible in the photo, for example blanket or a fragment of a child's bed. The face of a baby should be exposed entirely and centered in the photo. The background should stay neutral, white or off-white, so it is recommended to take a photo from above when a newborn is laying on a bright plain bed sheet.
We understand that taking a photo of a baby can be difficult, but we want to help you in any way we can, so that is why we created this guide:
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The most common mistakes usually result in the rejection of a baby passport application. It is better for you to know them in advance – we hope it will help you avert these problems and prepare for it.
Children don't need to have a plain facial expression, but a tranquil expression will increase the chances that your passport application will get accepted. Even though it is allowed for a baby to make certain grimaces, it is not allowed for a baby to cry or laugh. Try to avoid this mistake, because it is one of the most difficult to overcome.
No other person is allowed in the photo! You cannot hold your baby or even show a fragment of your hand. Do not let other obstructions get in the way between the camera and your infant. Pacifiers and toys are not allowed, neither are blankets of fragments of the bed in the background. You need a really clear shot, so don't risk having your baby passport rejected because of such a simple mistake.
If you take a photo at home, then we believe that this mistake is very easy to avoid, but just remember that your baby cannot wear anything on the head, nothing that covers a head, a face, or a forehead. No hats, caps, or even pretty bows are allowed. Glasses are only permitted for medical needs.
Many photos get rejected because of quality. Try to avoid bad focus, overexposed/underexposed photo, any shadows in the background or on a face, applying filters to an image/editing it in any way, and the wrong size of a photo. We will help you avoid all these risky mistakes, so that you don’t have to worry about them.
❓ Can you take your own baby passport photo?
Yes, and if you do it right it is recommended because it relieves the child of stress caused by going to the professional photographer.
❓ How do I take my baby's passport photo at home?
We recommend laying a baby on a white sheet, in a location with bright, natural light, to place the camera phone around 1-1.5 meters away from your infant and take a picture from above.
❓ Can baby's eyes be closed in passport photos?
You may find it difficult to snap a picture of your baby with opened eyes. Newborns tend to sleep a lot or have sleepy eyes. If this is your case, then your baby’s eyes can be closed a little. On the other hand, you should wait for a moment when they are opened and take a photo.
❓ Can the baby's hands be in the photo to UK passport?
No, the baby's hands cannot be in the photo, neither can the parents' hands. The photo should show the entire face, neck, and shoulders.
❓ How long does a baby UK passport last?
For children under 15, the passport is valid for 5 years.
❓ What should a baby passport photo look like?
It should be in high-resolution, in size of 35 x 45 mm, in color, and focused. The background should be white or off-white and the photo should show the entire head, neck, and upper shoulders approximately facing the camera.
❓ Do baby UK passports need photos?
Yes, that is required in every case. Each infant must have an individual passport document with a baby passport photo showing their likeness.
All British children are required to have passports if you plan to travel with them abroad. Infant passport UK is a travel document that affirms the minor child's British citizenship and confirms the child's identity.
In England, you can apply for the passport online (£49) or at the post office (£58.50). Keep in mind that parental responsibility for the child is required for filing the application to obtain the document. If you are applying online, it will take up to 3 weeks to get a new infant passport. If you are applying via mail, it will take longer. In the event of exceptional circumstances, a child's passport can be obtained more urgently. Online application forms can be submitted through www.gov.uk. The document must be signed by someone with parental responsibility and if your child is between 12 and 15 years old, he or she must sign it as well. Supporting documents shall consist of:
When applying online you need to submit:
When applying by post you are required to attach:
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