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Passport photo for New Zealand - Size and Requirements

Order your New Zealand Passport photos online with us. As you know, your local Costco, Walgreens or CVS will not be able to help you with passport photos required for a New Zealand passport. With Online Passport photos, you can easily order passport photos for New Zealand Passport, 8 Passport Photos for $8, delivered directly to your home. Note: You can also get them usually within 24 hours by either selecting an option to pick at your local Walgreens store or by asking us to e-mail passport photos in a 4x6 print format that you can take to any photo lab or store and get printed yourself.

New Zealand Passport Application and Photo Specs

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(Following is reproduced from New Zealand Government Website: www.passports.govt.nz)

Provide two identical colour photos that are less than 6 months old and send with this application.

New technology has been introduced to scan your photos and ensure that they meet international travel standards. We strongly recommend that you obtain your photos from a business that provides a passport photo service, as the business will help ensure that your photos meet our requirements.

Photographs that do not meet our requirements will NOT be accepted and this will delay the issue of your new passport. To help you avoid some of the most common problems with photo quality, we have summarized the main requirements below and provided some sample photos. If you need more detailed information about photos, visit our website www.passports.govt.nz or phone us at the contact numbers listed on the front cover of these Guide Notes.

New Zealand Passport photo sample

If you live outside New Zealand, Australia, or the United Kingdom, either courier or post your application to the New Zealand Passport Office nearest you or contact your nearest New Zealand Embassy or High Commission. To find the contact details of your nearest New Zealand Embassy or High Commission visit www.mfat.govt.nz

Customer Feedback about our Australia/New Zealand Passport Photo service:

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Mon 11/23/09 12:30 PM

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New Zealand Passport Photo requirements

Photo age

. photos must be less than 6 months old.

New Zealand Passport Photo size

. standard size 35mm x 45mm.

Head size in Passport Photos for New Zealand

. head, including hair, should fit within the oval shown in the template below
. maximum size of head, including hair, must be 80% of photo
. head must be cantered, with a clear gap around the sides and top of the head, including hair.

Paper quality

. use high quality, high resolution photo paper
. you can also use colour film or low gloss coated thermal papers as long as the printer is high resolution
. DO NOT use matt paper, heavy-backed thermal paper or an ink-jet printer.

Passport Photo quality

. photo must be a true image, not altered in any way
. photo must be in focus, with no red-eye and no reflected light on the face.

Passport Photo Background

. the background must be plain and light, but not white
. there must be strong contrast between image and background, with no shadows.

Passport Photo Pose

. face the camera straight on, with your head straight, eyes open and mouth closed
. maintain a neutral expression, not smiling or frowning
. ensure you have no hair across your face or eyes as eyes must be clearly visible.


. eyes must be clearly showing through glasses, with no reflection
. remove glasses with heavy-rimmed frames
. do not wear sunglasses, or glasses with tinted lenses that obscure your eyes.

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Head covering or headband in Passport Photos

. no head covering or headband should be worn in the photo, unless you must wear either for religious or medical reasons. In this case you must tick the box in the Applicant Declaration at section 5 .
If you did not wear a head covering or headband in your last passport please complete a Statutory Declaration form and send it to us with your application.

Customer feedback:

From: Jerry and Vanessa Sladewski
Sent: Wed 4/22/09 8:42 PM
To: Passport Photos
I just picked them up - they are great! Thank you so much for doing it so quickly!
The basics
  • 45-50mm (1 3/4" -1 15/16" ) high and 35-40mm (1 3/8" -1 9/16" ) wide show head and top of shoulders close up, so the measurement of the face from the bottom of the chin to the crown (i.e. top of head without hair) is between 32mm and 36mm (1 1/4" -1 7/16" ).

    New Zealand Passport Photos-Quality and style - Brief Summary

  • print on high-quality paper and use high resolution
  • show natural skin tones and have appropriate brightness and contrast, no flash reflections and no red eye
  • show you with a neutral expression and mouth closed have a plain, light-colored but not White background
  • show you looking directly at the camera
  • show you with no hair across your eyes
  • show both edges of your face clearly
  • not show you looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or with head tilted
  • photograph cannot be manipulated, for example, by removing spots or softening lines.

sample New Zealand passport photos

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