We're operating as normal during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. To see more information on how we're managing the situation - CLICK HERE

Guidance for Taking a Passport Style Photograph


Need a passport-style photograph for an application? We’ve compiled all the do's and don’ts to help you below!

 

The Rules

You will need somebody else to take the picture for you, and it needs to be taken on a device that takes good quality digital photos (e.g. an iPhone or a Samsung mobile).

The quality of your digital photo must be:

  • clear and in focus
  • in colour
  • not edited/altered online or have any filter applied to it
  • at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels tall
  • at least 50KB and no more than 10MB

You can check how wide or tall your digital photo is and the size of the image in KB/ MB by uploading it to a computer. Once you have downloaded the digital picture, ensure you save it somewhere safe in a folder where you can easily access it. Once in that folder, hover your mouse over the picture and information about the dimensions and size of the digital photograph should appear in a grey box. If not, you can right click over the picture and select ‘properties’ where you can access information about the picture, including size. If you then click on the ‘details’, you will also find the height and width of the picture.

 

What your digital photos must show     

Your digital photo must:

  • contain no other objects or people
  • be taken against a plain, light-coloured background
  • not have ‘red eye’
  • include your head, shoulders and your upper body

You must ensure that you are:

  • facing forwards and looking straight at the camera
  • have a plain expression and your mouth closed
  • have your eyes open and visible
  • not have hair in front of your eyes
  • not have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)
  • not have anything covering your face
  • not have any shadows on your face or behind you
  • facing forwards and looking straight at the camera
  • have a plain expression and your mouth closed
  • have your eyes open and visible
  • not have hair in front of your eyes
  • not have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)
  • not have anything covering your face
  • not have any shadows on your face or behind you

 

Examples of acceptable and unacceptable passport-style photographs

Below are some examples of what is acceptable and what isn't acceptable in your passport-style digital photograph.

 

 

This advice is based on the guidance provided by gov.uk to help those who are uploading passport photos online, here.