New Zealand Passport Photo
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Passport photo-taking tips
Follow these guidelines to create the perfect passport picture.
Consider the distance
Keep your front-facing camera 16–20 inch (40–50 cm) away from the face. For rear cameras, keep a 4–6 foot (1–2 meter) distance.
Keep your head and body straight
Look directly into the camera and avoid tilting your body. Remember, portrait mode is unacceptable for passport photos.
Prepare good lighting
Take your passport photos in a daylight setting, like near a window on a sunny day. Shadows on your face or in the background are not permitted.
NZ Passport Photo - Size & Requirements
Here’s a quick overview of all requirements for your photo.
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Image definition parameters
Head height: 70 %
Bottom of the Photo to the Eye Line: 54 %
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New Zealand passport photo guidelines
Ever since the first version of the New Zealand passport was issued in 1915, there have been many criteria one had to meet in order to obtain one. A proper passport photo is one of the most important.
New Zealand passport picture: requirements
If you choose to fill in the passport application online, it will require 1 (one) digital picture for your New Zealand passport. Filling a paper application means you will need 2 (two) identical passport photos printed on high-quality photographic paper.
Whether applying online or by filling in a paper form, there is a long list of requirements concerning the photo for your NZ passport. Some basic guidelines are as follows:
- You are not allowed to use a selfie or a scan of a printed photo.
- Make sure the picture is recent (taken within the last 6 (six) months).
- Make sure the photo shows your face in full, as well as your neck and part of your shoulders .
- Keep a natural facial expression when having the photo taken.
- Remember that the proper background is plain and light coloured, but not white.
- Don’t wear any head coverings, including scarves and headbands, except for medical or religious reasons.
New Zealand passport picture: size
If you fill out the paper application, the size of the paper photos you submit must be 35 mm x 45 mm (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm).
If applying for the New Zealand passport online, the resolution required from a digital picture is 900 to 4500 pixels in width and 1200 to 6000 pixels in height. The size of the picture file has to be between 250KB and 10MB. The aspect ratio should be 4:3, like on a portrait photo, or 3:4 when using a smartphone. The accepted format is a JPEG file.
New Zealand passport picture: validity
Your photo should confirm your current appearance. If your appearance has changed drastically since the picture was taken (for example, due to an accident, plastic surgery, or a sex change), we recommend taking a new photo.
New Zealand passport: photo quality
The passport photo has to be:
- of good quality,
- in full colour,
- of high resolution.
You are not allowed to use a photo that has been:
- altered using software or filters,
- blurred or pixelated,
- either underexposed or overexposed,
- damaged (creases, stains).
Proper lighting and background
The background must be plain, without shadows or patterns, and in a light colour but not white. There can be no other people or objects in your picture. Both sides of your face must be evenly lighted, and there cannot be any shadows or reflections on your face. If possible, try using daylight when taking your picture, as natural light gives the best effect.
Head and face
It is mandatory to maintain a natural facial expression while keeping both eyes open and the mouth shut. Please do not smile, and remember that you cannot show any teeth. The face has to be fully visible, in the center of the photo, facing the camera. Make sure your hair doesn't cover your eyes, eyebrows, forehead, cheeks, or chin.
Glasses and head coverings
You are only allowed to wear glasses in the picture for your NZ passport if:
- They are prescription glasses, not sunglasses or tinted glasses.
- The frame isn’t thick enough to cover a part of your eyes.
- There isn't a flash reflection in the lenses.
You can cover your head for religious or medical reasons, but no other head coverings (such as headbands, hats, and caps, etc.) are accepted. If you have piercings, they cannot obscure any part of your face.
Uniforms and camouflage patterns are forbidden, but other than this there is no specific dress code. Wear your normal clothing, and stick to casual clothes. Revealing clothing is not a wise choice: a strapless tank top can make you look naked in the picture!
Taking a NZ passport picture at home
Taking your pictures yourself, in the comfort and privacy of your own home, can be extremely convenient but how are you supposed to remember and meet all of the exact requirements of the passport photo? One simple solution is to use digital software dedicated to taking passport photos for example, PhotoAiD.
PhotoAiD is a website and an app dedicated to editing photos for documents, such as the New Zealand passport photograph. With PhotoAiD, all you need to do is to upload your picture to our site. The rest is taken care of by our AI-based software.
Our tools can:
- Confirm that all the basic requirements of the photograph are fulfilled, including your facial expression, and the size and position of your head.
- Delete the original background in your photo, and replace it with the required light-coloured background.
- Crop the picture to the right size for a New Zealand passport application.
The camera should be placed at eye level at a distance of about 1.5 meters from your face. Either enlist someone to help you, or use a tripod and a camera with a timer.
New Zealand passport pictures: common mistakes
Taking a picture for official documents sure can be time-consuming! The key to success is to be well-prepared beforehand. Take a moment to examine the checklist below. You can make sure your picture for a New Zealand passport gets accepted if you avoid these common mistakes:
- Avoid using a print that is damaged with stains, staples, or creases.
- Do not use a photo that has shadows, either on the background or on your face.
- Don’t use a photo that is underexposed or overexposed.
- Avoid smiling, frowning, or showing your teeth.
- Do not wear sunglasses, hats, caps or scarves.
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