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Rules for passport photos

Every passport application or renewal needs to include photos and there are strict rules on what’s accepted. Avoid your application being rejected by getting familiar with these photo requirements upfront.

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Get it right first time

Getting a new passport might feel like a hassle – especially getting your passport photo taken. We’re here to make it easier. ​

With our passport services, we’ll help you get everything on your application right first time, whether you’re renewing your passport or applying for your first.​

Our team will make sure everything’s present and correct and there are no photo fails that could lead to delays.​

Find out more about our services or read on for tips on the perfect passport photo.​

If you’re disabled, you can get help with your passport photos.

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What photos do you need?

Whenever you apply for a passport you’ll need a new photo, even if your appearance hasn’t changed.​ The type and number of photos you need will depend on how you're applying for your passport.

Photo guidance can be found by following the two links below to the HM Passport Office website. Select the option that applies to you for more details.

Applying online? You’ll need a digital photo.

Applying using a paper form? You’ll need two identical printed photos.

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