Passport or Visa Photos
for any country
Frequently Asked Questions
do I place my order for Passport/Visa photos?
How much Online Passport Service costs? How does it
will I get my Passport photos after I place my order?
I need passport photos urgently. How can I get them quickly?
same-day-pickup-at-a-local-store service work?
deliver photos outside USA?
uploaded photo can not be used to make passport photos, what happens
to my payment?
Can I submit some old photo for making passport photos?
Can I get my digital photos pre-approved before
making a payment?
What are the official guideline for Passport Photos for US Passport
Can I order passport photos in 1 x 1 inch, 2x3 inch size, or any odd
How can I take better pictures at home for Passports?
How can I take PROFESSIONAL QUALITY pictures at home
kind of Digital Camera do I need?
I have to open PayPal account to use your service?
How do I pay for multiple photos/persons
in single checkout?
don't use credit cards online. Is there a different payment format available?
When I asked about
the PAN Card picture for India at Costco, I got stares back from
the associate. I am glad that I found this service by chance while
Googling the dimensions. I ordered the prints very late in the
evening ~ 900pm and picked up from Walmart at 1100am next day.
Service is great and I even got an honest suggestion to load a
new digital image as earlier one wasn't going to be good. Whole
transaction was handled professionally and efficiently with quick
email updates. Thanks a lot!
Ashok May 15,
know, the average price at most photo outlets for 4 passport pictures
could be anywhere between $16 up to $20. The service that you
offer provides significant savings for what seems to be a very
simple process of producing small portrait-like pictures - yet
the photo outlets charge an arm and a leg for this stuff.
time to my inquiries was excellent; the process of taking my own
digital shots and sending them to you via e-mail was simple; and
the end result was exactly what was needed. All this and big dollar
savings too (especially in my case where I needed pictures for
a family of 6).
and good luck with your venture.
Nov 7, 2007
I place an order for Passport/Visa photos with you?
Ordering your passport
photos with us is simple. We call it a 2 step process: (These steps
are located on the top of each page on our website for your convenience)
Before placing your order,
please check if your photo(s) can be used to make valid passport or
visa photos. Click on Validate
your photo(s) link here or on top of any page. This link will
take you to a page that has sample photos. Compare your photo to those
sample photos to see if your photo can be used to make valid passport
or visa photos. (If you are not sure, you can always click
here to send us your digital photo(s) for pre-approval
before placing your order).
Once you are ready to order,
we need two things: Your photo(s) and your order/payment.
1) To send us your photo(s), you can upload them on our server by
clicking here, or on the link on top of every page on our website:
Upload your photo(s). Please make
sure you enter the same name while uploading photos that you will
be using to place your order.
2) To make payment and place your order, click on the Make
Payment link here or on the top of any page. These
two steps/tasks can be done in any order but needs to be completed
within 30 minutes window. Our server based matching automatically
matches your photos with your name, address, email address that you
use on your PayPal.
If you need more help or have questions, please click
does it cost to order with Online Passport Photo Service?
Passport/Visa photos- 1 person
Passport/Visa photos- 1 person
Passport/Visa photos- 2 persons
Passport/Visa photos- 2 persons
Passport/Visa photos- 3 persons
Passport/Visa photos- 4 persons
additional person on the order is discounted. Please visit our Payment
page and enter your details to check exact rates for you.
does OnlinePassportPhoto service work?
We are glad
you asked us. We are passport photo innovators! Unlike your local expensive
passport photo service, we are present in every corner of the universe!
Instead of driving to a store ora photo lab for passport photos, you
can have passport photos delivered to you in mail or in an e-mail in
You take a
digital photo at home again plain white or light background. Upload
it with your order. We will process your digital photo with various
software tools. Our talented employees, in the USA as well as in India,
are expert with photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop, Picasa
etc. They use high-tech photo techniques to adjust subject, background,
light, contract and if needed, to sharpen the picture. Then the photo
gets cropped to passport photo requirements of your country. Then 6
(or 8) copies of cropped passport photo gets printed using professional
photo printing equipment. The end result is- one of the best passport
photos in the world delivered to your home.
Please take a note that
there are some online businesses that provide passport photos or free
tools but most of them do not fix or enhance your photos! They just
format pictures and provide passport photos! In our experience, most
of the photos taken by nonprofessional photographers need manual enhancement/fixing
with regards to photo background, removing redeye, fixing exposure
and/or removing shadows created by flash. We
at Online Passport Photos
manually process every photo to eliminate most of the risk factors
with passport photos! Please take this into consideration while choosing
your passport photo
Here is a sample
of work done on a customer's photo to convert into Canada Immigration
photo out of customer's camera
* Background changed to white
* Exposure enhanced to highlight face
* Photo formatted for Canada Immigration requirements
I get my Passport photos after I place an order with Onlinepassportphotos.com?
will fulfill your order in any one of the following ways:
- Mail the photos to your
address on PayPal order. This is default method of fulfillment. We
print and mail your photos. For certain order, $1 for Shipping and
Handling may be added during checkout.
Estimated delivery time: We normally mail the photos within
2 business days with USPS First Class mail which might take
2-5 days depending on the destination city.
- We can make your photos
available for pick up at your local Walgreens, CVS, Target or Walmart store
at no extra charge. However the store will require around 20 cents
payment at the time of pickup for a set of 6 photos. To use this facility,
while placing your order, please include store address on your order
or click here and let us know the address
of your local store.
Estimated delivery time: You should be able to pick up usually
the same day if ordered earlier in the day, or within 2 business days
in most cases.
- We can email you multiple
passport photos on an exact 4x6 print format. No additional shipping
charge. To use this option, select 4x6 inch print in email on your
PayPal order or after placing your order, please click
here and tell us to email you your formatted passport photos.
Estimated delivery time: We will email you the photos same
day if ordered earlier in the day, or within 1 business day in most
Please do not ask us deliver
your photos in more than one way. If you are requesting pickup at your
local store, we will not email you 4x6 formatted print.
I need urgent passport photos. How can
I get them quickly?
No problem but please
keep in mind that we normally do not work over weekends so please
do not place an order for urgent passport photos over the weekend
(unless you have sent us an email and checked with us).
Mailing is the one
which causes most of the delays in our photos to reach you. For urgent
passport photos, please do one of the following:
** After you upload your pictures and make a payment, click
on this form, give us the address of a nearby Walgreens, CVS, Target, Walmart or Rite-Aid store, and we will upload
your photo to be picked up at that neighborhood store within 24 hours.
** For urgent needs, we can e-mail you back a high quality converted
passport picture usually within 24 hours. Download it to you thumb
drive and take it to your local Coscto, rite-aid,CVS or Walgreens to a 1-hour photo lab and get it printed on a 4 X 6 paper for around
20 cents! One sheet will get you 6 passport photos!
'Same day pick up at a local store' service work?
We are glad you asked us.
Our 'Pick up at a local store' service is innovative, simple, quick
Though you pick up photos at Walgreens/ CVS/ Target/ Walmart
store near you, we do most of the work. We use the store only for
printing photos. Unlike local store employees, we know specifications
for passport or visa photos for many countries. We fix your photos,
enhance them for better printing, format them as per guideline of
your country and then we put 6 (sometimes even 8 passport sized photos)
on a 4x6 print format. Why 4x6 print format? No store
carries 2x2 inch, 35x35mm, etc., photo papers but, every store prints
4x6 prints! Then we upload the finished 4x6 format on website of your
local store (Walgreens.com, CVS.com or Target.com) and ask them to
print 4x6 print(s). We will send you an email at this stage to
let you know that we have uploaded your photos to your local store.
We put your name, phone#
and email address on the order. When you go to the store, just ask for regular 4x6 print. Don't mention Passport or Visa photos as that may confuse them.For Walmart, if you provide
us a cell phone number, we can ask the store to text you when photos
are ready for pick up. Normally in most stores, the photos are ready
within an hour or two after you receive the confirmation email from
us. Then you can go to the store to pick up 4x6 print(s) with 6 (or
8 photos) passport photos. The photos are separated by lines on the
4x6 print so it is easy to cut them along the lines with any household
Isn't this a simple and
innovative process? Isn't this the best use of the Internet and the
technological advances? We have no tie-up with Walgreens, CVS, Target or Walmart stores but we make the best use of their online ordering to serve
you efficiently, help you save money and get those difficult-to-get
odd sized photos for India, UK, Japan, Mexico, etc.!
* Note: If the photos picked up at the store are off by up to 2-3
mm, please note that it would not create any issues in most cases.
Passport/Visa offices normally look more for the head size in the
photos and other requirements than the overall photo size. The photos
we send to stores have all photos perfectly identical but rarely every
we find a printer (even in the best photos labs) that is calibrated
with perfect accuracy.
you deliver photos outside USA?
- For people serving overseas who can provide APO address, we gladly
ship photos to their overseas address.
- For others, we have an innovative solution. You do not need to pay
anything extra and you can get photos as quickly as within a day.
We normally do not mail photos outside US for 3 reasons: (i) the postal
delay which is from 5 to 15 days, (ii) the chances of mail getting
lost in transit, and (iii) it does cost more to ship outside USA.
So we have a fabulous system.
For most of the international customers, we offer passport photos
in the email. We put 6 (sometimes even 8) passport/visa photos on
one 4x6 print format which is then emailed it to the customer. She
can download it to her computer and print it at home or can put on
a CD or a memory card and take it to a local photo lab to get it printed.
The photo-sheet we email is formatted to be an exact 4x6 print (you
can even request us to give photos on a different format and we will
gladly do it for you). You just need to get it printed, as it is,
and will cost around 10-20 US cents. Once you have a print, cut the
photos along the lines with any household scissors and you will have
6 to 8 passport photos in exact size you need!
Believe us- this is a very simple process and this way you can get
photos within a day or two, at no extra cost.
(Hint: As you now have the 4x6 print format, if you need more photos
in near future, just print the 4x6 print again!! This is like having
unlimited passport/visa photos for free!!!)
my uploaded photo can not be converted into passport photos, what happens
to my payment?
No Worries. If we
find that the photo uploaded with your order can not be converted into
valid passport or visa photos, we will e-mail you and ask you to e-mail
us or upload again new digital photo(s). We will repeat this until we
have a digital photo from you which can be converted into valid passport
In worst case, if you are
not able to provide us good digital photo(s), we will refund your
I get my digital camera photos pre-approved before I place my order?
Sure. We understand that
many people may like to make sure that their digital picture(s) can
be converted into valid passport photos before they use their credit
card and place an order. Please click
here to send us your digital photo(s) for pre-approval before placing
Or email your pictures
remember to attach your pictures to the email as a File attachment
instead of as a Photo attachment because some email services
like Hotmail.com automatically reduces resolution of pictures attached
as photos) and include
your first name, last name, purpose of the photo (for US passport,
Indian Passport photos, etc.). Then we will look at your photos and
email you back to let you know if we can convert them into great passport
pictures so you can go ahead and place your order with us without
(Tip: To save your time, you can also request us in your same email
to email you back a PayPal invoice so you do not need to come back
to our website to complete your order.)
I submit some old photo for making passport photos?
Yes, you can provided
your photo is usable. However we recommend you to take new photo for
two reasons. Most photos taken on vacation or in parties do not have
the plain light colored background or straight head and shoulders
that are required in passport photos.
Secondly, most countries need a recent photo.
States requires passport photo must be taken within the last
6 months to reflect your current appearance.
mentions that the photo must reflect your current appearance (taken
within the last 12 months).
"Your photos must be taken within the last month".
Photographs must be no more than six months old.
Your photos must not be more than 6 months old.
Minor applicants below the age of 4 years need to carry a passport
size photograph for the processing of application at the PSK/PO. For
applicants above the age of 4 years, photographs will be captured
at the PSK/PO itself.
are the official guideline for Passport Photos for US Passport applications?
(Same guidelines apply for US Naturalization/Citizenship photos and
Passport Photos (Don't
worry. OnlinePassportPhoto.com will take care of this)
must be: 2x2 inches in size (Don't worry.
OnlinePassportPhoto.com will take care of this)
(Don't worry. OnlinePassportPhoto.com will
take care of this)
- Taken within
the past 6 months, showing current appearance
front view with a plain white or off-white background Between 1 inch
and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
(Don't worry. OnlinePassportPhoto.com will
take care of this)
- Taken in normal
street attire Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious
attire that is worn daily.
- Do not wear a
hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline. If you normally
wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles,
they should be worn for your picture.
- Dark glasses
or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless
you need them for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required.
Good Passport Pictures
order passport photos in size like 1 x 1 inch, 2 x3 inch, 3 x3 inch
* Sure. You can
order photos in almost any size with us. We can create 1 x1 inch (
1 inch x inch) photos, or 2 x 3 inch (2 inch x 3 inch photo) as requested
by Medical Board of California for physicial registration on form
07A-100. We can also help you get photos in any size like 25 x35mm
for India Pan card, or 33 x 48mm for China passport.
If the size is
not displayed while placing your order, you can select the size as
Other and mention the size as Special Instruction on PayPal payment
submission. Or you can add the size in the field Country name. Or,
after placing your order, forward the payment confirmation to our
passportphotos at hotmail.com account or use the Contact Us form and
tell us the size. Whichever way you inform us, we will get the information
about the photo size and we will provide you accurate photos.
I take better pictures/photos at home for Passports, citizenship applications
or for VISAs?
* Find a place
that has a white wall to use as background or use white bed sheet
as a background. Stand about 3 feet away from the background.
* Try taking the photos at a time when there is good indirect natural
* Keep camera around 6 feet away from the subject (person whose photo
is being taken) and at subject's eye-level.
plenty of space about the head and try to include half of the body
(from head up to waist)
* Force the camera to apply flash. When you are around 6 feet away,
the camera's flash would be more effective.
* Keep around 2 to 3 feet distance between subject and the background
wall to avoid shadows.
* Keep your mouth closed and eyes open (Good tip for a successful
marriage too LOL)
* Take photo in at least 2 MP mode (4 MP recommended).
can I take PROFESSIONAL QUALITY pictures at home for Passports?
- Position light
sources on both sides of subject to avoid shadows on face. (Desirable
but no need to worry about it. Use can use a while wall. Stand 4 feet
away from it and fire Flash (Flash Fill in) to take a nice picture)
- Use a light
source to illuminate background behind subject to avoid shadows in
- Camera/ Subject
Position Place camera approximately 4 ft (120 cm) from the subject.
- Have camera
at subject's eye level. Position subject facing the camera.
kind of Digital Camera do I need?
Even 1 mega-pixel does the job when it comes to passport
pictures of US Passport:
Digital cameras are principally characterized by their image resolution
or mega-pixel capacities; from low-resolution (less than 1 mega-pixel)
to high-resolution (greater than 1 mega-pixel) to advanced high-resolution
(4 mega-pixels or more). The camera's resolution is the most critical
feature in producing high-quality photographs. For U.S. passport and
visa photographs, a digital camera with a resolution of 1 mega-pixel
will be more than adequate for capturing the image and producing the
final photo that conforms to the dimensions specified on this web
site. These cameras generally have automatic features for controlling
many of the photographic qualities emphasized on the preceding web
pages. Care should be taken not to rely totally on these controls
since each subject — facial characteristics, clothing, facial movement,
etc. — can vary and may not be accommodated for by the automatic settings.
Do I have
to open PayPal account to use your service?
Not required for PayPal. With PayPal, you can pay directly
by clicking on the PayPal payment account page link shown in the image
(This is just an image of what you will see after you click on the Pay
Now button above. The link below is NOT an actual link. You will need
to click on the button above first to see the actual page similar to
image shown below.)
I pay for multiple photo/people in one checkout?
For PayPal, once
you click on the PayNow button, it will take you to the checkout page
where enter right quantity as shown below and click on the Update
I don't use credit cards online. Is there a different
payment format available?
to use credit cards online? Here is a simple process for you too. Send
us an e-mail to following e-mail address, attaching your full resolution
picture(s) and full shipping address. We will reply back with where
to mail a Money Order/Banker's check. Here is e-mail address:
We do not sell your
e-mail address or any personal information to any one else. Period.
The photos uploaded by customers are also deleted after 14 days from
our server. Regarding credit card information, we don't even have
your credit card information. Your payments are securely processed
by PayPal. They don't even share your credit card numbers with us.
So rest assured.
We are church,
school group and we need to order passport photos for our members. Is
there a way OnlinePassportPhoto.com
can help us?
It works even better to order with OnlinePassportphoto.com
when there is need to
have passport photos for a group of 10 or more people. E-mail us
your needs and we will get back with an offer to not only save money
but also to make your life easier so you can spend your time and resources
on the things your group is formed for. Here is e-mail address:
Where do I find US Passport
The best place
to find Passport forms is travel.state.gov
website. For you convenience, you can click
here to go directly to download latest forms for applying or renewing
a US passport
Where do I find US Passport
for information about applying or renewing a passport in the US
for US Passport for
Babies- some important
tips and information
Passport Photos at Walmart,
Passport Photos at Walgreens.