Passport Photos

Passport Photo Requirements:

Passport photos are the number one reason a passport application is rejected or delayed. Non-compliant passport photos are a big issue for applicants and the U.S. Department of State Passport Agencies.

  • a recent color photo taken within the last six months, printed in color, on photo quality paper.
  • 2”x2” in size (51mm x 51mm)
  • Head size must be between 1 inch and 1 ⅜ inches.
  • No smiles. You must have a neutral facial expression. Directly face the camera. No shadows on your face.
  • Normal clothing. No uniforms, except for religious clothing worn daily.
  • Background must be white or off-white in color.
  • You cannot wear a hat or head covering. Nothing can cover your hair or hairline unless you normally wear it daily for religious purposes.
  • No headphones, sunglasses, or similar items can be worn.
  • Hearing devices may be permissible. Medical certification may be required as proof.
  • Prescription glasses are no longer acceptable. Do not take your passport photo wearing glasses.


We highly recommend using the Passport Photo Creator mobile app. Download this app for free on your iOS or Android device. This easy-to-use app lets you take your own photo and will verify if your photo is compliant with the passport photo requirements set by the U.S. Department of State Passport Agency. Once you are satisfied with your passport photo, you can print to any of the 8000 Walgreens locations near you in less than one hour. You will only pay for the photo when you pick it up at your local Walgreens ($14.99). An unacceptable passport photo is the #1 reason passports are rejected or delayed. The Passport Photo Creator will help eliminate passport photo rejections.

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Passport Photo Creator application is available on iOS and Android


Passport Photo Requirements are not flexible. Stay up to date with the latest passport photo requirements. Please note that glasses are no longer allowed in passport photos. See below for examples passport photos.

No Glasses Passport Photo

If you are concerned about your photos, please visit a passport agency, Walgreens, or local photo shop that specializes in passport photos. You may reference the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Photo FAQ Page for additional information.