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The dimensions of a photo for a British passport are 35 x 45 mm (3.5 x 4.5 cm).
In terms of ratio, your passport photo ratio should be 0.78 (width to height) to 1.29 (height to width).
British passport photos should be in colour, clear and well contrasted. In addition, the image cannot be damaged in any way (including any tears or creases). You need to provide a recent digital or printed photo (taken within the last month) that has not been digitally altered.
In the photo for the UK passport, there can be no other people or objects. Your picture for a British passport must include your head in full and your upper shoulders. Your face should be visible from the top of your head to your chin - the head has to be between 29mm and 34mm long.
When applying for a British passport in person, you are required to provide 2 (two) photos. Every time you apply for a new passport, you must take a new photo. Even if not much time has passed since the previous application and your appearance has not changed, you must submit a new photo that was taken within the last month.
There are a few requirements concerning passport photos that must be fulfilled so that the photo is accepted. These are:
If you send your photos by traditional mail, do not attach the photos to the application form permanently by gluing or stapling them. Only use a paper clip to secure them to the form.
Your British passport pictures must be printed on high-quality, white photographic paper with no borders. Passport pictures have to be unmarked on both sides, except for the photo that needs to be countersigned.
Children must be photographed on their own in the picture. Babies are not allowed to hold anything or suck on a dummy. Children who are younger than 6 (six) years old don’t have to look straight at the camera. Children younger than 1 (one) year old do not have to have their eyes fully open. In the case of a baby, you can support the head with your hand, but your hand must not be visible in the photo.
Just take a picture and upload it to the PhotoAiD page or use our app that is available in the Apple Store or on Google Play. The rest is done by the software that analyses whether your picture meets the official guidelines, then crops it to the right size and replaces the background. Within 3 seconds, you will receive a professional quality digital passport photo, ready to be downloaded and printed, or submitted online together with your UK passport application.
Last update: 27/06/2022
❓ What size is a British passport photo?
A British passport photo should have the dimensions of 35x45 mm (3,5x4,5 cm). If you want to apply for the UK passport online you would have to submit a digital photo with the size of 900x1200 px.
❓ Where can I take a British passport photo near me?
There are many options where you may take a British passport photo. The most obvious, yet perhaps the least time-saving one would be a professional photography studio. However, there are many photo booths that allow taking UK passport photos. In our opinion, the easiest and most effective way to get a photo for the UK passport is to use our passport photo maker website or mobile application.
❓ Can I take a passport photo with my phone?
In order to be accepted, passport photos have to meet several requirements like the colour of the background or the size of the photo. Hence, your phone camera might not let you take a valid passport photo. However, you can use a photo cropping tool or a passport photo maker that will edit your photo for you.
❓ Where can I print my passport photo?
You can print your British passport photo at home using a printer and glossy or matte photo paper. You can also use a printing service that will deliver your photos by post or go to a local photo studio to have the photos printed for you.
❓ What are the rules for passport photos?
Here are the main requirements that a British passport photo should meet:
❓ What are the rules for passport photos for children?
Apart from meeting the rest of the standard rules for adult passport photos, additional rules for passport photos for children are as follows:
❓ How much does a UK passport photo cost?
A passport size photo in the UK may cost over £10 per set if you use an automated machine or visit a photo studio. That can be easily avoided using our fast and professional passport photo maker or our passport photo app (link at the bottom of the page) that will prepare your digital passport photo in no time for only £5.
The main and most common official documents with which to confirm your identity in the United Kingdom are a passport and a driving licence.
UK passports are biometric. The passport serves 3 main purposes: it allows you to travel between countries (in accordance with additional visa rules), confirms your identity and serves as proof of UK citizenship. Through presenting your passport, you can also obtain consular assistance from UK embassies around the world. British passports are issued by HM Passport Office.
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