Photo taken more than 6 months ago. It's tempting to submit an old photo from a previous. Where can I get my passport photo taken? A: Visit a Walgreens near you! In one hour or less, Walgreens will provide you with two perfectly sized, professional-quality passport photos that meet U.S. Government requirements listed on the U.S. Department of State's website. This includes the use of advanced biometric tools.
When you plan to travel abroad, you’ll need a passport as proof of your identity. One of the main elements of your passport is the photo, but you can’t use just any photo. A correct photo will streamline the passport registration process while using a photo that doesn’t meet those requirements is one of the most common causes of delays when it comes to getting your passport. Download Passport Photo 360 to create the picture perfect passport and visa photos.
Where to Get Passport Photo Taken
You could get your passport photo taken at a number of location thru out the United States some example of location is:
- Passport Offices
- Local Photo Studio
U.S. Passport Photo Dimensions
Make sure you follow the instructions and parameters set by the U.S. Department of State Passport Agency. Your passport photo will be rejected if you do not follow every guideline. If you have any questions about the passport photo dimensions or requirements, please read this page carefully. The passport photo must always be printed in a 2×2 inch square. There are additional passport photo requirements that should always be met prior to submitting your passport application.
Passport Photo Requirements
- Passport photo size 2 x 2
- Taken within the past 6 months
- A color photo only (black and white photos are no longer accepted)
- Full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background
- Head measures between 1 inch and 1-3/8 inches.
- Your eyes may not be more than 1-3/8 inches from the bottom of the photo and no less than 1-1/8 inches from the bottom of the photo.
- If you’re using a digital photo to print, it must have at least 300 pixels per inch (PPI) and measure 600 by 600 pixels.
- Taken in normal street attire
Passport photos must be in color with a plain white or off-white backdrop. A recent photo – taken in the last 6 months — is required. When it comes time to update your passport, bring or take a new photo. Look straight into the camera when taking your photo. Your expression should be neutral — no smiling — and eyes open.
The photo color should accurately represent skin and hair tone. Photos with too many shadows or that are over-exposed are not acceptable for passports. No shadow should be visible in the background. Too much light will cause shine on the skin, which is not appropriate for your passport.
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Photos should depict you in casual clothing without head adornments except for those required for religious purposes. Exceptions include glasses. However, the glasses should not create a glare that makes it difficult to view the irises and pupils of the eyes. Even if you wear glasses on a daily basis, you can remove them from your passport photo.
Style your hair so that it doesn’t obscure any part of your face. All head coverings should be styled so that they do not cast shadows on your face.
U.S. Passport Photos for Infant
It may be difficult to take a photo of a child, especially an infant, that perfectly meets these requirements. A child’s eyes may not be fully open, a child may smile or a seat may appear in the background. However, it’s best to encourage children to meet adult passport photo requirements.
Because of these requirements, many people opt to use the services of a professional photographer, especially one who is experienced with passport photos to expedite the process.
If you need to wear a burqa, topi (taqiya) or a headscarf this is acceptable, but you need to add an additional letter stating that you are wearing this item on top of your head for religious purposes.
How to Make Your Own Passport Photo?
If you are going to take your passport photo you must not be wearing a white clothing. This is because all passport photos must be taken on a white background. Therefore, doing so would get your passport application rejected.
This, in fact, is the main reason why some passport applications are denied. A passport photo must be taken on an off-white background. If the background is blue, red, pink, orange or yellow background this is not acceptable by the passport agency.
We recommend the Passport Photo Creator application for a compliant passport and visa photo.
Under the section titled, “How to Take Your Own Passport Photo?” it says 2 different things. 1) “…all passport photos must be taken on a white background.” and then in the next paragraph it says, 2) “A passport photo must be taken on an off-white background.” Which is it? A “white background” or an “off white background”?”
one is sufficent, please staple to your application
Do you need to send both passport photos in when renewing?
I have a good photo but need to change the background to white…is photoshopping the background permissable?
hello, you cannot have anything obstructing the face, earings and make up are fine but if the nose ring is obstructing the face than it will not be accepted.
Hello, because the US Department of State reccomends you send an extra photo especially if you are getting both a passport book and passport card.
Do I have to remove all my earrings, nose ring and makeup? I tried to go to Walgreens today and they told me all had up be removed. Can’t find anything in print that states that. Needless to say I left without picture.
Why do most retailers provide 2 passport photos if only 1 is required to be attached to the application/renewal form?
No, she must have passport photos that meet all requirements. The photos must be submitted with her application
I have a 16 year old girl who just got her drivers license this year. Can we use the photo taken for that? How would we go about transferring that photo to her passport?
How many pics need for the passport?
Please try and keep them off your face as the US Department of State prefers nothing obstructing the face.
When you get passport photos done, they give you 2, one will be attached to your application and the second photo is just back up, you do not need to send the 2nd photo, it is just reccomended.
yes, no glasses are allowed unless he has a letter from his doctor.
Hello, honestly it does not make a difference as you do not need to send in a license when renewing a passport
WE WENT AND HAD PASSPORT PHOTOS AT WALGREENS, MY HUSBAND WORE HIS GLASSES NOW I AM READING NOT TO WEAR GLASSES, DO WE NEED TO GET PICTURE REDONE
Should I get my enhanced driver’s license prior to renewing my passport?
we have not heard of that, I would wait and see if the photos get rejected
please order a certified long form copy on vitalchek.com
Hi I just paid a passport company to have an expedited new passport because I had run out of empty pages for aVisa. The picture looked fine when taken but I got it back and it had a yellow tint. They said they are now scanned and all the photos are yellowish now. Is this correct?
I have never had my original birth certificate with raised seal but do have a photo copy. I have a military passport, SSN card, military member for 33 years, etc. /clash-of-clans-hack-no-survey-android-2015/. Will the birth certificate copy again suffice to receive a civilian passport for leisure travel? I had a previous civilian passport which expired several years ago and no longer have it so I am assuming, hate to assume anything, that my birth certificate copy will be accepted again to obtain another civilian passport? Thanks on the front end!
Hello you would have to contact the US Department of State directly
Hello, you cannot mail in a minors application they must appear in person with both parents present, if one parent cannot be present they can submit a DS 3053 notarized consent form, you can apply anywhere with an acceptance agent it does not have to be a regional office
It shouldn’t be that hard to take a good selfie. But we all know that feeling too well: you feel all hot and confident and snap a selfie, eager to send it off to last night’s sexy Tinder date, and surprise — your camera has suddenly become cold and vengeful and refuses to capture you the way you actually look.
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You have two options. Keep snapping away aimlessly, with each selfie worse than the next, until you get frustrated and lose your confidence, or read on for our 13 selfie tips and learn how to take a good selfie, every single time.
a guy just caught me taking a selfie n expected me to be ashamed so i took forty more— beth mccoll (@imteddybless) January 19, 2015
13 Must-See Selfie Tips:
1. Tilt Something
Angle your phone slightly up, down or to the side or keep your totally phone still and tilt your head slightly. You can also try tilting both your phone and your head, in which case you’ll look rather silly for a few seconds until you nail down your own winning combo of phone + head + tilt. Whatever you do, taking a selfie straight on is probably not going to result in your best shot and it has nothing to do with your beautiful face. Trust me on this.
Think about it. Way back in the day before camera phones were born, when Ben and Jen were Hollywood’s power couple, we took portraits with ‘real’ cameras from lengths away. Not exactly the ideal process for taking a good selfie.
Today, when you take a selfie, you’re just an arm’s length (literally, your arm’s actual length) away from the camera. When you’re super close to any object (in this case, your face), you see the object much differently than when you’re further away.
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Like, if you see someone running off in the distance they look, well, tiny. Now if you were basing your observations strictly on what you see, you might be sure there’s a cat-sized man some distance away from you. But since your brain has built up experience you know that the runner is in fact a full size human and in fact, not a cat.
Not convinced? There’s also the fact that the cylindrical shape of a camera lens can make whatever’s in the middle—usually our nose—appear flatter or wider. Yep, I just said your nose might look bigger. Andddd, that should be enough evidence to make sure you tilt something when setting up for a selfie. Let’s move on.
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2. Selfie Eyes Matter
We’re drawn to the eyes of any photo we see. That’s half the charm of the Mona Lisa, right? Even though a lot of communication happens via email and iMessage today, we’re not robots. We’re still searching for that human connection in someone’s eyes.
So, the point is: to take a compelling selfie, focus your eyes on the camera. Directly at the camera, not the phone area in general. If you followed my advice above and wiggled your head and your phone around to find the perfect selfie angle, now you need to freeze, concentrate, and gaze deep into the lens of your smartphone.
If you’re like my mom and have yet to understand exactly where the camera is buried in that sleek, mysterious iPhone attached to your hand, do a few tests to learn where your eyes actually meet the camera.
When taking a selfie, I have friends who pretend they are about to seduce the lens with their eyes. Others try to imagine the moment right before they are about to laugh. In both cases, these friends of mine are trying to soften their eyes and put some human emotion in their expression. A good selfie connects whoever is looking at you, to you, and it’s critical for taking a great selfie.
3. Yep, Lighting Matters Too
Whether you’re selfie-ing indoors or outside, stay away from harsh lighting, like bright white kitchen lights or direct sunlight. That said, make sure there’s enough light – otherwise your photos can come out blurry and no amount of photo editing later is going to be able fix that.
Now, the best time of day to take photos outside is when the sun is lower in the sky, before sunrise and right after sunset. That’s just some essential photography basics for you to chew on right there: I know that no matter how hung up you are on taking a good selfie, you’re not going to wake up before the sun does for it.
5. Hide From The Shadows
You’re looking for the right lighting, but you’ll want to avoid shadows, too. Even if you’ve found the perfect golden hour to snap a selfie: if the shadow of a pole or window blinds cuts across your face, it ain’t cute.
Avoid off-putting shadows by snapping pics in the shade. If you’re taking a post-run selfie and the sun is causing shadow problems, hide out under a shady tree to capture your dewy post-workout glow.
If that’s not doable, angle yourself so the sun is at your back. That prevents shadows and also means you aren’t squinting at the camera from the blinding sun. Oh, and for those of you who are super-extra: you can try a sun diffuser or reflector to manage the shadows.
6. Smile Normal
Remember elementary school picture day? There was always one kid who just couldn’t face the camera with a natural smile. Cue a yearbook photo that haunts everyone’s dreams.
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It’s by no means easy mastering a natural smile for the camera. Unnatural smiles are robotic, stiff, not authentic, and sometimes well, creepy.
Since this isn’t intuitive for everybody, you may have to practice. Take a crapload of selfies and practice until you find your most natural, photogenic smile: purse your lips in different ways, open your mouth halfway, turn up the corners of your lips slightly, smile wide with all your teeth, try a close-lipped smile. Which smile feels the most “you?” Which smile can you nail without looking?
7. Pump Up The Background
Car selfie. Your blank, white bedroom wall. The mirror of your apartment building lobby. Been there, done that, so. many. times. You don’t need to have a full-on fashion runway in the background, but your background should be interesting.
Whether you’re selfie-ing at the park, your home, or even the grocery store, try to do it against an interesting background. A display of apples at the store can look awesome with the right angle. If you’re not feeling creative in the moment, there are other options. Facetune2’s Backdrop tool allows you to change the background of any photo. Replace your boring background with any of the patterned, sparkly or solid-colored options within the app, or choose your own photo.
That’s right! You can be in your bathroom, but look like you’re at the beach you visited last weekend.
7. Be Confident
You don’t need to have the crazy confidence of a grown man in a fedora, but a good selfie projects an air of confidence. Use body language and a tone that exudes your inner strength.
Get pumped before your selfie sesh. Maybe that means:
- Doing 10 jumping jacks before your selfie. As long as it won’t ruin your hair, of course.
- Saying affirmations in the mirror. Is it a little weird? Yeah, but it kinda works. Try saying, “I’m powerful and fearless – and I still can make mistakes,” or something like that. Say it enough that you start to believe it.
- Standing in a power pose. Stand in front of the mirror with your hands on your hips or folded in front of you. Puff out your chest a little and lift your chin. Stand there for a few minutes to feel like a total superhero badass.
Confidence is something you cultivate and work on, so if you aren’t feeling confident right now, make yourself confident.
8. A Flash Decision
Got flash on? Sometimes it’s a blessing for your selfies, and other times, it’s a freakin’ nightmare.
Flash is infamous for turning people’s eyes red and washing out your skin. Basically, it makes you look like a demon spawn from hell. Unless it’s Halloween, that’s not a cute look.
Flash adds a burst of light to subjects that desperately need it. It’s best to use it when you’re inside, in a dark area, or if there are a lot of shadows.
If you’re still looking possessed when you use flash, try a different angle. You can also try using two flashes: the first dilates your eyes (and prevents red-eye) and the second one is for reals.
9. Know Your Good Side
You’ve already tried tilting your camera every-which-way, but what about your actual pose?
People often have a ‘good side’ – a side of their face they prefer. Which one is yours? Maybe the right side of your face has more freckles that hint at your bubbly personality. Or maybe you hate your right side because the bump on your nose from falling off a skateboard in high school is more apparent.
Choose your good side and try to selfie from that angle. It’ll save you time and retakes – if you’re usually happier with a certain side of your face in the mirror, you’ll also be more happy with it in photos. Do what makes you feel good.
10. Get Inspired
Selfies are hard! Your followers expect to see something exciting and different—how do you keep upping the ante?
You need to feel inspired. If you’re feeling creatively stunted, a dose of celeb selfies is just what the doctor ordered. If you don’t follow some of the Kardashians on Instagram just yet, now’s the time. Take inspiration from the feeds of more local influencers you admire as well.
What are they wearing? What does the caption say? Where is the celeb? How’s their makeup? What angles or lighting are they using? A little recon (and mimicking) will help you learn how to take good selfies in no time.
11. Try Portrait Mode
How do you take a good selfie with nothing but an iPhone? Fortunately for you, the iPhone comes complete with a fancy portrait-specific feature that make glamorous selfies a breeze.
Portrait mode focuses on the person in the photo, and defocuses the background – creating a professional look with minimal effort. You can choose from various options, like Natural, Studio, or Contour which add different kinds of light or drama, some even compliment with a touch of skin smoothing. Switch things up and see how your selfie comes out in Portrait mode.
12. Facetune Is Your Selfie’s BFF
Oh, you knew this one was coming. There’s a reason Facetune and Facetune2 have been at the top of the charts on the App Store since the brand emerged in 2013, and now there’s even a Facetune Video app, for selfie videos. It doesn’t make you weak, it doesn’t make you ugly. It makes you a master selfie taker. Taking a good selfie becomes easier than ever. Let’s talk about why.
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With a selfie editor app, you simply get better selfies. You can swipe away a pimple because your skin has waged war on you this week. You can conceal your dark circles because you binged on Netflix until 4am. With Facetune2, you can use the Reshape tool to adjust your features, if you ignored my advice about tilting and came out with a jawline or a nose wider than space. Let’s face it, photos live on IG way longer than blemishes live on your face, so I choose to just swipe them away.
If you’re feeling particularly creative, or self expressive, you can get, well, creative or self-expressive with your selfies. Facetune2 has a tool called Neon which adds a colorful glow around to your photo, similar to the gel filters that are used in high-fashion photoshoots these days.
There’s also a Defocus tool, where you tap once and the background is blurred around your face, taking your selfie one step closer to a professional headshot and one step further from the messy room selfie it really is.
13. Practice Makes A Perfect Selfie
Knowledge is power, and now that you know how to take the perfect selfie, you can take on any bad skin day, defocus any trashy background (bar bathroom selfie, I’m talking to you), and empower yourself with an awesome selfie that’ll make you feel like a rockstar. The more you do it, the better you’ll get, and soon you’ll be able to nail your best angle effortlessly.
So there you have it: a few basic rules & tips to follow and tips to live by every time you snap a selfie – and you’ll be rocking your social media feed for everyone who’s watching. And you know, they are.
Now that you’ve learned how to look better in selfies, it’s time share that rockstar pic with the world, with relevant hashtags (find out why selfie hashtags don’t necessarily work in 2020) and a fabulous selfie captions guide guaranteed to stop your followers mid-scroll.
Additional How-To Selfie Guides:
- How to take a selfie self portrait: Self portraits, the first cousin of selfies, have their own similar set of selfie tips and rules.
- How to take a selfie with a dog: Taking a selfie with an oblivious pooch isn’t easy.
- How to take a pregnant selfie: Show off your baby bump in an awesome pregnancy selfie.
- How to take a full body selfie: Show off your body and use our 6 tips for taking a bomb full-body selfie.
- How to take a selfie at night: Nighttime selfies are popular but not super easy: read how to do them properly.
- How to take a good selfie over age 40: Age is just a number: take awesome selfies no matter your age.