How to Take a Passport Photo

Travelers have the option of getting a passport photo taken in various locations or they can do it themselves, depending on their preferences. Regardless of who takes the photo, there are specific requirements that must be met in order for the U.S. Department of State to validate a passport.

 Specifications

 If one has a camera and the right materials, including quality paper and a white background, then it’s possible to take a picture from home. However, photos must be cropped or cut down to specific dimensions.

 The U.S. Department of State lists photo requirements including:

 Must be in color

  • Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper
  • 2 x 2 inches in size
  • Taken within the last six months
  • Neutral facial expression
  • Both eyes open

 Locations

 If travelers want a professional service provider to take their picture, then they can visit a local U.S. Post Office or stores with photography services. Many of the largest retail grocery chains and convenience stores can take U.S. passport photos.

 Taking a passport photo is a relatively easy process, but there are specific requirements that must be met for photos to be valid. Passports are a ticket to explore the world, and having the right picture is essential for safe and efficient travel.