Irish Passport Photo

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Irish passport - Digital photo size and requirements

Irish Passport Photo
Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
300 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 34.5 mm
  • Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 3 mm
Is it suitable for online submission?
Is it printable?
Background Color

How to make 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

Irish passport photo requirements

The laws of individual exhibitor states specify the existing criteria for a passport photo. It should be noted that when we apply for a Irish passport, the photo format and its other features frequently vary, e.g. the photo we use for a German passport would most likely not be useful to us if we are applying for an Irish one. Passport pictures are often commonly referred to as biometric photos, i.e. those that enable us to download our individual features that enable fast and accurate identification. Therefore, typically in photography we should be seated frontally and look straight ahead in the camera lens. The other person's visibility is often omitted, and the background criteria differ. As for glasses and other accessories, headgear, they are usually the same. 

The general guidelines for passport photos are such as:

  • Facial expressions
  • Facing the camera directly
  • Clothing in a passport photo
  • Background colors
  • Accessories 

It is not difficult to produce a valid passport photo. What's more, you can take a picture on your own with our photo editor and online tool - with your phone at home. So it is only necessary that the criteria for a passport picture are followed. The specifications are very comprehensive, but this does not mean that in your own home it is difficult to enforce.

The most important thing is to have the correct size of the picture in compliance with the biometric photo guidelines. A biometric photo is a photo which is necessary not only for a passport , but also for a driving license and a ID card. Therefore, for certain papers, a photograph taken once can be added to the applications - of course, as long as you apply for them at around the same time. Find below more information regarding these requirements.

Irish passport photo size and dimensions 

Pictures for passports are primarily different in dimensions. Some countries only allow a certain picture format, while others offer many choices. An Irish passport, which must always be 35x45 mm in size, is an example of the strictly specified size of a picture. 

The applicant must note that the head size must take 70-80% of the photo

Irish digital passport photo requirements

A digital photo also has some requirements that are a must. The photo should not be less than 715 pixel wide and 951 pixels high. The photo must be in JPG format and its size should not exceed 9MB.


The background must be plain and neutral, ideally light gray or white. No patterns and no recognizable objects must be on it. It needs to contrast with the face and hair as well. Only the person photographed, i.e. the one applying for an Irish passport, can be seen in the photo. There should be no other people present


If the photos are too bright or have shadows present they might cause you problems when applying for the passport.There needs to be a clear picture of your face in your photo. Note that you should not use any filters in your photo or whatsoever. Editing them to get rid of shadows will not be acceptable.

The light needs to be even - the two sides of your face have to be illuminated equally. It means that no shadows should appear on your face. Be sure that the lighting is not over- or under-exposed, and that your face is clearly visible. In addition, take care of the reflections - there can be none on your face or caused by accessories. The picture must be sharp with adequate contrast and detail.

Quality and technical requirements

With a minimum print resolution of 600 dpi, the picture must be in focus, not blurred. Keep the right print quality and print your picture on high-quality photo paper. You can print the photo on good quality paper yourself if you take your passport photo with your phone at home.

You need natural contrast and natural skin tone to be preserved. Images in computer programs can not be changed! For such action, the picture will be denied along with the entire application. There must be no bends, bruises, stains or other impurities in the picture. Both images in color and black and white are permissible. However, for your submission, we recommend that you have a color picture.

Glasses and makeup on an Irish passport photo

Under the official criteria for passport photographs, the applicant may not wear glasses or sunglasses in the photograph submitted. However, if you can't remove your glasses for medical purposes, you need to include a signed letter from your doctor in your passport application explaining that you shouldn't remove your glasses.

Make-up is entirely appropriate and it does not have any particular specifications. However it is ideal that your makeup reflects your natural look and the way you look everyday It should not be too light either - it is advised not to add lip gloss or pearly eye shadows.

Facial expressions

If you do not have a neutral facial expression there are high chances that your passport photo will be refused. Keep in mind to keep your eyes open and your mouth closed. Again, it is important to make it easy for the authorities to confirm your identity with your passport photo. Face the camera squarely in full view of your face and note that both sides of your face should be illuminated equally.


A uniform or apparel that looks like a uniform or disguise clothing should not be worn. It is officially reported that you should wear the clothing you wear on a regular basis. None of the authorities who can review the records can be misled by it. We encourage you to try a smart-casual look instead of a sweatshirt or just a t-shirt, even though there is no clear passport picture dress code.

Passport photo by phone at home

You can prepare your irish passport photo at home with the PhotoAiD app for iPhone and Android as well as an online tool. All you need is your mobile phone. It's fast and convenient. You just need to know how to pose and use our guide in accordance with the requirements for this irish passport photo.

Passport photo by phone - Tutorial

Lighting in the photo

It's not necessary for you to set a background or even pose against a white wall. Only take decent lighting into account. That is, the hours before noon are best - stand against the window in the sunshine. Make sure your face or shoulders do not have any accessories. Support yourself with a flashlight if the light is still inadequate. Do not worry about the background since the app will automatically remove it and replace it with the required one

How to pose at home

Stay in a frontal view with the camera. Place the phone on a tripod to avoid a blurry picture or ask someone to take a photo of you. The assistant should stand approximately 1,2 meters in front of you to ensure a clear view of the back, neck and upper shoulders.

The face must have a neutral expression in the photograph and must be perfectly straight. Make sure all sides of your face can be seen.

Preparing the photo with PhotoAid

All you need to do now is upload the picture you have taken and wait for our app to work magic. The editor will cut the picture to the appropriate size after loading, and delete the background from the photo. In addition, in terms of specifications, he will check the accuracy of the photo, and send you the finished file by email. You can download it from here and use it as many times as you need to.

Frequently Asked Questions

❓ How to take a passport photo at home?

Taking a passport photo at home is doable and very easy. You can do so by downloading a photo editor app which can crop the photo to the required size and remove the background so it meets the requirements. The editor will also check the photo for any other possible mistakes. We suggest you to take a look at PhotoAid, a similar app which can help you prepare a perfect passport photo.

❓ What to wear on a passport photo?

Clothing in a passport photo does not have any specific requirement however, it is important to not wear any uniform or camouflage clothing. You can wear something casual that you wear on a daily basis.

❓ Are glasses allowed on a passport photo?

Glasses can only be worn if they do not block your eyes as they have to be clearly visible in the photo. If you can’t take them off for medical reasons you will need a signed document from your doctor that says so.

As long as no identifying marks are hidden, you can wear lenses in the passport photo. You will have to provide a signed medical declaration if you have tinted lenses for medical purposes.

It is recommended that Irish passport photos are in color but black and white is also acceptable.

Sure you do. This is the most convenient, money saving and the quickest way to get your passport photo.

Unfortunately not. Selfies do not meet the requirements. Ask somebody for help or use a tripod.

An Irish passport photo must have photo dimensions of 35mm x 45mm.

Four. Remember that they all must be identical.

The digital photo must be smaller than 9 megabytes (9MB), minimum 715 pixels wide and 951 pixels in height and saved in JPEG format.

No, you cannot. Your photo must reflect your natural skin tones, so it must be in color.

It is enough if you use a passport photo cropping tool. You will get your correct crop in one second.

You need to stay straight and look straightly at the camera lens. Don’t tilt your head and remember that it must be an en-face view.

Not only white. The background can also be cream (off-white) or light-grey.

If you wear a hijab or headscarf for religious reasons you are allowed to pose in it for the Irish passport photo. Also men can keep for example yarmulke if it is a part of a religious attire. However, fashion head covering such as caps, headbands or hats are not allowed.

Noto to correct this effect with a retouching program - that’s for sure! Unfortunately, photos with an unnatural eye color will be automatically rejected and at the same time you must not alter the photo. So the best idea is to take another shot, without a flash lamp which is “responsible” for the red color of eyes in the picture.

Yes, but only eyeglasses with transparent lenses are allowed. Sunglasses and tinted glasses are forbidden. Capturing the photo, make sure that the glasses’ frames do not obscure any part of your eyes. They must not give a glare either.

Smiling is not allowed. Note that when taking a passport photo you should have neutral facial expressions. Keep your mouth closed and your eyes wide open

Yes, it is. And for this reason your photo must be biometric also. This is why you need to know all Irish passport photo requirements.

We provide you with a complete passport photo guidelines. Read our article to keep abreast!

It means that it must not be cut out from the larger picture. It can’t be altered in any way except by a professional photo tool exchanging the background and resizing it.

Yes, it is. You don’t have to remove the piercing if it does not obscure your facial features and don’t give a glare on your skin. Also jewellery is accepted but only if decorative items do not obscure your face.

Yes, it is possible. If you prefer to apply online, don’t forget to upload a digital passport photo to the form.

Absolutely! You need a phone, tablet or digital camera to take the picture.

No. Photos captured by webcams do not satisfy technical requirements and are not accepted as passport pictures.

No, don’t do it. Photoshop, filters and any alteration done by computer software is not allowed and will be detected by artificial intelligence validating photos. All processed photos will be disqualified.

Yes and we invite you to download it if you want to have your photo created quickly and with a warranty of correctness.

Yes, of course. Just download it from the AppStore and start preparing your passport photo now!

If you have a smartphone with Android, there is nothing easier than downloading our passport photo creator from Google Play Store. just check it out!

You can dress as you like except uniforms (civil or military) showing epaulets or insignia. Uniforms should not be worn.

No, you can keep it. However if your beard is very large and voluminous you may be asked about submitting a new photo as your facial features must be recognizable.

The way you wear your hair is not very important in a passport photo. Just make sure that your hair does not cause any shadows on your face, otherwise you have to cut it or find a way so that it doesn't affect your face.

Just use our passport photo validating app based on artificial intelligence. Upload the photo to our tool and wait for two or three seconds. The high technology will check your picture and mark it as correct or not.

The cost may vary depending on the way you get the photo. An Irish passport required 4 biometric photos which usually cost around 8 Euros.

If the Passport Office rejects your photo, you will be obliged to provide them with a new one. It may generate extra costs but not if you order the passport photo on our website. We guarantee the money return if the Passport Office does not accept a photo ordered on our service.

Home ink printer is not a suitable device to print a passport photo. You can print your photos in some stores or pharmacies. Look for a photo printing kiosk or order already printed pictures ready to attach to the application - we will deliver it right on your physical address!

About the document

Ireland passport

The passport issued to residents of Ireland is an Irish passport. An Irish passport helps the holder to fly abroad and acts as proof of the European Union's Irish identity and citizenship. It also enables access to consular services from both Irish embassies and embassies abroad from other member states of the European Union.

Irish passports are released by a branch of the Foreign Affairs Department, the Passport Office. Similarly to the EEA identification card, an Irish Passport is intended for travel and identification purposes.

Who can apply for an Irish passport?

To apply for an Irish passport you must be a citizen of Ireland. Meaning that if you were born in Ireland or have been granted an Irish citizenship, you can immediately apply for the Irish passport. Persons eligible to apply for an Irish passport are people over 18 years old. If you are below the age of 18 then you must have the consent of your guardian or parents who will apply for you. 

Validity of an Irish passport

Validity of an Irish passport depends on the age of the applicant. For example, adult passports are valid for around 10 years while minor passports are valid for around 5 years.

How much does the Irish passport cost?

For adults, a standard passport can go around €75 while for children who are under the age of 18, the passport costs €20. 

  • For each child's application, there is an extra EUR 5 postal charge to cover the expense of returning documents to the claimant.
  • If you live outside Ireland, there is an extra €15 postal fee.
  • For applications for children residing outside Ireland, please notice that a single payment of EUR 15 is applicable.

Required documents

Depending on your application process and the type of application you are applying, the documents you need to provide for your new passport will depend on them.

Below you can find the required documents needed for your application:

  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate if you are married and want to apply with your married name
  • Proof of address 
  • Proof of name
  • Copy of Public Services Card

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