List of Countries
Passport Photo Specs for:
USA (Passport, Visa, Citizenship,
Canada (Passport, Visa,
Resident Visa Digital Photo)
India (OCI, Passport,
Passport Photo service providers
Sample Photos That
Can be Used to Make Passport photos
the photo you are taking is made up of 9 identical pieces/squares.
The face has to be no bigger than one of those 9 squares and should
be in the middle. The square in Green line shows how a Passport
photo will be made out of it. Please do not crop the photo at
your end. Let us do the cropping.
here for tips on how to take photos at home for converting
them into Passport photos)
Us (onlinepassportphoto.com) vs Free
Passport Photo websites:
are some FREE passport photo websites but most of them do not fix
or enhance your photos! They just trim your picture 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 red-eye, fixing exposure and/or removing shadows created by
flash. We manually
process every photo to eliminate most of the risk factors for your passport
photos! Please take this into consideration while choosing your passport
A typical photo out
Photo websites (and our competitors)
will trim your photo but will not fix other issues, like shadow
behind ears or head, background color, exposure of face (see below)
Compare a digital photo
(below) and see how we converted it into a valid passport photo
(on the right----->)
Photo created by us (onlinepassportphoto.com)
-shadows fixed, exposure enhanced, better background.
Sample of photos that can't be used:
Closeups. At least 12 inches of body below chin level
should be included.
your Digital Photo(s) against following requirements:
Your photo should NOT be a close-up.
Take a photo that has full hair as well as around 10-12 inches
or more of body below chin in the photo.
We will trim extra space from the photo.
X If you are wearing glasses, turn off
the Flash or remove glasses to avoid glare of the flash on the
Photos: Good Digital Photos vs Bad Photos
not sure about if we can convert your digital photo into passport photos
for you? Send us your photos for pre-approval before you place your
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
You can also email your
pictures to (Please
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.)
OnlinePassportPhoto finds that my uploaded photo can not be converted
into good 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
* Do not take close
up of head only. Include at least upper half body or full shoulders.
We can always trim what they do not need in Passport or Visa photos;
but if you include less than what is needed, there is no way we can
fill in/add missing things (like shoulders etc)!!!
Compare your photo to the following offical specs by USA. Your
photo needs to include full shoulders and body below Chin level, as
* Please do not take very high resolution photos. 2x2
inch photos are tiny and printing them on paper needs only 240k pixel
image! We really do not need more than 4 MPixles photos!
* Use white or white like ****PLAIN*** background behind
head. If needed, use bed sheet or a large white paper behind head.
* Try to avoid use of flash by
taking photos when good amount of natural light is available. Also make
sure the light is coming directly on the face and not from one side
(which can cause half of the face to be brighter than the other half.
For Visa and Passport photos, whole face needs to be nicely exposed).
-- If there are manual settings on your camera, use the Av mode and
set Aperture to the most wide setting (smallest f number). If the picture
is not coming well, try to bump up ISO to around 400. If you are using
a compact camera, do not set ISO too high. If you are using a Digital
SLR, you can set ISO up to 800.
* If photos are not coming out well without Flash, please use
+ Stand 2 to 3 feet away from the background to minimize shadows.
+ Try to minimize the shadow by flash by taking some photos by turning
your camera 90% so that the flash is aligned vertically with the lens.