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New Zealand Passport photos- Size and Requirements

OnlinePassportPhotos is pleased to announce extension of our revolutionary online Passport Photo services for New Zealand Passport photos. It is difficult to get nonstandard size passport photos taken in the USA. Unless you specifically ask for, most stores will print 2x2 inch US Passport photos for you. However 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

Photos getting passport quality photos

(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:

Just wanted to let you know that I was so happy with my Australian passport photos. After going to other places and having countless rejections form the Australian Consulate your photos were the only ones that they accepted.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I will definitely using you again and recommending you to all my friends.
Mon 11/23/09 12:30 PM

Comments : I just wanted to say thanks for a great service.

I looked all around Vegas for a photographer who would even consider attempting to take a passport photo to Australian standards, but most either didn't get it at all or simply refused to do anything other than US specifications.

The Australian embassy had no problems with your photos and I have my new passport. I wish I'd checked you guys out earlier and saved myself a lot of fuss!

Wed 7/01/10 1:11 PM

Hi, I picked up the photos. Thank you. You did a great job
thanks again

Sent: Thu 3/19/09 7:11 PM

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.

newzealand passport photo glasses

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

sample New Zealand passport photos

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