Digital Passport Photos

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Digital passport photos for Irish passports

Digital Passport Photo For Irish Passports - Requirements And Sizes
Width: 715 px
Height: 951 px
1 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 55 %
  • Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 14 %
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 passport photos for Irish passports

Digital passport photos are used by some countries-for example, the Republic of Ireland-which have online passport applications. If your passport application requires you to attach a digital passport photo, you need to read this guide and find out how to take such a photo and what the rules and regulations are.

Taking a digital passport photo

The best way to take your own digital passport photo is to get some help from a friend-selfies, webcams, and pictures of pictures are not acceptable. Also, your friend can help make sure the photo is taken correctly, so you don’t have to do as many retakes.

Position the camera at eye level, about one and a half meters (four or five feet) from your face. Use a smartphone or a digital camera with a resolution of 600 dpi or bigger. You can store your pictures on a pen drive, in the cloud, or just email them to yourself. 

Rules and regulations of a digital passport photo 

Here are the general requirements for a digital passport photo in Ireland:

  • Your photo must be in the JPEG format.
  • The size of your digital passport photo file cannot be over 9 MB.
  • The actual size of your photo has to be 715 x 951 pixels.
  • Do not use the zoom function on your camera.
  • The image should include your whole head down to the middle of your torso.
  • Make sure your picture is in color and that there are no blurs or filters on it.
  • Don’t digitally beautify or modify your photo.
  • Keep your expression neutral - don’t smile, don’t frown.
  • Your mouth has to be closed, your eyes have to be open.

Lightning and background

When it comes to lighting, simple daylight works the best. Don’t use the flash because you must avoid the “red-eye” effect. The photo has to show your real eye color, as well as your actual hair color and skin tone, so make sure your camera captures your true colors. Avoid shadows on both your face and in the background. 

 The background of your photo has to be either white or an off-white color such as light gray or cream. The background has to be fully visible above and around your frame, so if your hair takes up space, try taming it with a hairband. No other objects or people can be visible in your photo. Avoid wearing clothing with patterns, and make sure your clothes stand out from the background. 

Clothing in the passport photo 

Dress as usual and wear what you like, with a few exceptions. Remember that your clothes have to stand out from the white background, so don’t wear all white. Don’t wear corporate logos. Avoid bright patterns. Do not wear military uniforms, and avoid camouflage patterns. Religious clothing, if worn every day, is allowed. 

Hats and headgear cannot be worn in your passport photo except for religious and medical reasons. You can’t wear any accessories such as headphones or sunglasses. Prescription glasses are allowed if they don’t obscure your face. 

Digital passport photos for children 

Children are also required to submit a digital passport photo. Generally, the rules are the same as for an adult, but if it’s a very small child or an infant you can consider laying them down on a white sheet with good lighting and taking the picture this way. No hands or pillows for support are allowed to be visible in the photo. Also, make sure that there are no pacifiers or toys in the picture. 

How to submit your digital passport photo

Uploading your digital photograph to Ireland’s online website is very easy and user-friendly. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Make sure your photo is safely saved on your computer.
  • Open the correct website of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • Upload your application and your picture when requested.
  • Wait for the approval of your photo.
  • If the photo is not approved, try again with a different image.
  • A great way to get a perfect photo that is guaranteed to be accepted is to use PhotoAiD.

Digital passport photo summed up 

The easiest thing to take care of in your Irish passport application is your digital passport photo. Simply follow all the regulations and guidelines stated above, and everything should be approved. Remember the three most important areas: the background, the lightning, and you.

Last update: 27/06/2022

Frequently Asked Questions

💡 Can I take a digital passport photo on my iPad?

Yes, you can take a digital passport photo on an iPad. Any device that can take photos of a quality over 600 dpi will be good for digital passport photo taking.

💡 What if my digital passport photo gets rejected?

You will be required to take a new one and submit another application.

About the document

A digital passport photo is used in passport applications. It is to be taken with a camera of a quality of at least 600 dpi, no more than 1200 dpi. Such cameras can be found even on our phones.

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