Rules for passport photos

  • Most rejected applications are due to incorrect photos. Every passport application or renewal needs to include photos and there are strict rules on what is accepted
  • Use Post Office's Passport Check & Send service for passport applications and renewals

Your application will be delayed if your passport photos don’t meet the rules, make sure you know the requirements before you send your passport application.

Has it really been that long? One look at that youthful photo inside and… actually, it seems it really has.

We know getting your passport photo taken can be a bit of a hassle. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to all this. With our Passport Check & Send service, we’ll help you get everything on your application right first time.

It takes the bother out of all that back and forth – on the phone, in the office, at home – ensuring everything is present and correct and your form will be processed without any delays.

Our staff will take special care to find things like photographic fails that can lead to hold-ups.

If you don’t know what we’re talking about, take a quick glimpse at the video below. 

These examples may be on the silly side, but you’d be surprised at how often small slip ups can happen. It’s the kind of thing you just don’t want to deal with, just before you’re meant to be jetting off on your holiday.

We’ll also check for other potential issues – like whether you need to get your photograph counter-signed (which can happen if your appearance has changed a lot, or for a few other reasons on this and how long children’s passports are valid for (five years – because they grow up so fast!). 

Now, we don’t usually like to blow our own trumpet, but this easy-as-pie process comes recommended by Her Majesty’s Passport Service. So you can be sure that by using it, your application will sail through and avoid unnecessary delays.

Let us do the leg work and you can get back to stacking your work/life balance chips firmly in favour of the latter. 

Happy holidays.  


Process your passport application or renewal without delays with Post Office Passport Check & Send sevice.

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