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FAQs: Passport/Visa Photo

Taking Photos At Home:

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Customer Reviews:

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 them up from Walmart at 1100am the next day. Service is great and I even got an honest suggestion to load a new digital image as the earlier one wasn't going to be good. The whole transaction was handled professionally and efficiently with quick email updates.

Thanks a lot!
Ashok, May 15.

"As you know, the average price at most photo outlets for 4 passport pictures could be anywhere between $16 to $20. The service that you offer provides significant savings for what seems to be a simple process of producing small portrait-like pictures - yet the photo outlets charge an arm and a leg for this stuff.
Your response 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 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).

Thanks again, and good luck with your venture.
Ilias (Boulder, Colorado), Nov 7.

How do I place an order for Passport/Visa photos with you?

Streamlined Passport Photo Ordering in 3 Simple Steps:

Step 1: Photo Validation
Begin by clicking the "Validate your photo(s)" link (found here or) at the top of each page. Examine the provided sample photos and compare them to yours. This will help you gauge whether your photo meets the criteria for a valid passport or visa image. If you're uncertain about your photo's suitability, feel free to upload it to our website without making a payment. Alternatively, email it to passportphotos@hotmail.com for validation. Should your photo meet the standards, we'll send you a payment link for a swift transaction. If adjustments are needed, we'll guide you with tips to capture an improved image.

Step 2: Upload/Send Photos
Easily upload your photo(s) by clicking here or utilizing the link at the top of any page. Alternatively, you can send them as email attachments, following the instructions from step 1.

Step 3: Payment and Order Placement
Complete the process by clicking the "Make Payment" link located here or at the top of any page.

For additional assistance or inquiries, please click here to contact us..

How much does it cost to order with Online Passport Photo Service?

6 Passport/Visa photos are only $9.95 per person (or even less if you pay with Venmo or Zelle). If you want more photos, it is only $12.95 per person for 12 photos!
On our Payment page, enter your details to check the rates for your printed photos, digital images for online upload, etc.

How does OnlinePassportPhoto service work?

Discover the Future of Passport Photos: Innovation with Convenience

Welcome to the passport photo evolution! At Online Passport Photos, we're redefining the process. Unlike costly local options, we bring you affordability and unmatched convenience.

Here's how it works: Snap a digital photo against a plain white or light background from the comfort of your home. Then leave the rest to us. Our team expertly adjusts elements like subject positioning, background, lighting, contrast, and more to craft a valid passport or visa photo. This refined image is then tailored to the specific passport photo requirements of your country. We compile 6 (or 8) meticulously cropped passport photos into a 4x6 inch format, which is either uploaded to a store near you or printed using top-notch photo printing equipment. The result? Among the finest passport photos globally, seamlessly delivered to your doorstep.

Setting Us Apart: The Difference You Deserve

Our approach stands apart from most other passport photo services. While competitors might solely focus on formatting, we take it further. We fix and enhance your photo, addressing background and lighting issues that others tend to overlook. Every photo we process is meticulously handled to minimize the risk factors associated with passport photos. This distinction is crucial to consider when selecting your passport photo provider.

Welcome to the future of passport photos – where innovation meets your convenience.

How can I get my Passport photos after I place an order with Onlinepassportphoto.com?

Flexible Delivery Options for Your Convenience
At OnlinePassportPhotos.com, we cater to your preferences with the following delivery methods:
  1. Mailed to Your Address: We'll print and mail your photos to the address specified in your PayPal order. An additional $3 for Shipping and Handling will be applied during checkout for this option. Estimated delivery time is typically within 5-7 business days of ordering- most delay due to USPS First Class mail taking approximately 2-5 depending on your location.
  2. Store Pick-up at Walgreens, CVS or Walmart: Opt for pick-up convenience at a Walgreens or CVS store near you. Simply include the store address in your order. During pick-up, a nominal fee of around 12-40 cents per set of 6 photos will be payable to the store. Anticipate same-day or within one business day pick-up, or within 2 business days for most cases, if ordered earlier in the day.
  3. Emailed in 4x6 Print Format: Select this option for a quick and digital delivery. We'll email you multiple passport photos in an exact 4x6 print format at no additional shipping charge. The benefit here is that you can print the photos at home/office on a color printer yourself, or at any local store/photo lab at your convenience. You can also email the photo sheet overseas if someone in some other country is submitting your application.
    To avail this choice, make sure to specify "4x6 inch print" in the email section of your order. Typically, you can expect to receive the emailed photos on the same day of ordering, if done earlier in the day, or within 1 business day for most cases.

Please note that we can only fulfill your order through one chosen delivery method. If you opt for store pick-up, the 4x6 formatted print via email will not be provided unless a package of digital plus printed photos is ordered.

I need passport photos urgently . How can I get them?

Rest assured, we're here to help—except on weekends and major holidays in the USA.
  • Same Day Pick up Service: The best bet is to take advantage of our same day pick up at a Walgreens, CVS or Walmart store process. Mailing often introduces delays in photo delivery. For swift passport photos, consider the following options:
  • Expedited Processing Request: After uploading your pictures and completing the payment, take the initiative to email us or utilize this dedicated form to express your need for expedited processing. We will try out best to acommode urgent requests.
  • Instant Digital Solution: In scenarios requiring immediate attention, we can promptly email you a high-quality photo sheet. This versatile option allows you to either print the sheet at home or visit nearby stores like Rite Aid, CVS, or Walgreens for in-person printing.

Count on us to cater to your urgent passport photo needs efficiently.

My passport photo is not the exact 2x2 inch size. What do I do?

We create the photo sheet with software and all 6 photos are identical. When it comes to printing the exact 2x2 inch size for passport photos, there can be printing variations due to store printers not being perfectly calibrated. The challenge arises from accurately reproducing around 2,000,000 pixels on a 4x6 paper. While it's rare to find a printer perfectly calibrated, rest assured, this issue isn't unique to our service.

So, what options do you have?
  1. Explore Different Stores: You could attempt printing at another store, although please be aware that this issue might persist.
  2. Order Additional Photos: Consider ordering 6 or 12 more photos from us to obtain some that match the exact dimensions.
  3. Email the Photo Sheet: Opt for the emailed photo sheet, which you can personally print at a store. Collaborate with the photo clerk to ensure proper printer adjustments for accurate results.
We have this same challenge on photos we print on our own printers. It's important to note that slight deviations, up to 3-4 mm, will rarely cause rejection by passport or visa offices. Over our experience with 10,000+ customers, none of our photos have been rejected on account of minor size variations.

Your comfort and satisfaction are our priorities. Please let us know how you'd like to proceed – we're here to guide you until you're content and at ease..

How does the 'Passport Photo pick up near you' service work?

Welcome to Innovative Passport Photo Pick-Up
Thank you for reaching out! Our revolutionary passport photo pick-up service at local stores offers simplicity, speed, and convenience.

Here's how it works:
You select a store near you – Walgreens, CVS, Target, or Walmart – for photo pick-up. However, the magic happens behind the scenes. We handle most of the process, utilizing the store solely for printing. Unlike store employees, we're well-versed in passport and visa photo specifications for numerous countries. We enhance and format your photo to match guidelines, seamlessly embedding 6 (or even 8) passport-sized images onto a 4x6 print format.

Why the 4x6 format?

While stores might not carry specialized photo paper sizes in dimensions like 2x2 inch, etc., they universally print 4x6 photos. We upload the final 4x6 format to your chosen store's website (Walgreens.com, CVS.com, or walmart.com), prompting them to print the images. You'll receive an email notification once we've uploaded your photos to the store near you.

The print order at the store will be under your name and phone number. At the store, simply ask for a pick up of online order of 4x6 print, and do not ask or mention passport or visa photos to avoid confusion. Typically, the photos are ready within an hour or two after you receive our confirmation email. Expect a nominal charge of approximately 12-35 cents per 4x6 print (equivalent to 6-8 cents per passport photo). After collection, use household scissors to cut along the lines separating the photos.

Isn't this process brilliantly simple and innovative? It harnesses the power of the Internet and technological advancements to serve you better, save you money, and fulfill the unique needs of obtaining uncommon-sized photos for countries like India, the UK, Japan, Mexico, and more.
  • A Note on Precision: If the photos you pick up from the store are slightly off by up to 2-3 mm, don't worry – it's unlikely to pose issues. Please see the answer to the question above for clarificatin.

Do you deliver photos outside the USA?

Innovative Solution for International Orders
  • For our valued customers serving overseas with APO addresses, we're pleased to ship photos to your international locations.
  • For all other customers, we present an inventive approach that requires no additional fees and ensures prompt delivery, often within a day. While we typically don't mail photos beyond the USA due to postal delays (5-15 days), transit risks, and increased shipping costs, we've developed an exceptional solution.

    International customers can enjoy passport photos via email. We'll send you a convenient photo sheet containing 6 passport/visa photos in a 4x6 print format. You have flexibility: print at home, transfer to a CD or memory card, and visit a local photo lab for printing. This photo sheet is precisely tailored to 4x6 dimensions (feel free to request alternative sizes).

    Upon printing, use household scissors to cut along the lines – yielding 6 to 8 passport photos of the exact size you require. This approach streamlines the process, often delivering photos within a day or two, all without additional charges.

  • Hint: Now that you possess the 4x6 print format, future photo needs are simplified. Just reprint the 4x6 sheet whenever necessary. This essentially offers you unlimited passport/visa photos at no cost.

    Discover the convenience and flexibility of our innovative system – designed to serve you better, no matter your location.

    If my uploaded photo can not be converted into passport photos, what happens to my payment?

    Rest assured, your payment is safe. In the event that the photo you uploaded with your order cannot be transformed into valid passport or visa photos, we've got you covered. Should we determine that the uploaded photo requires adjustments, we'll promptly email you a set of helpful tips. We'll guide you through the process of capturing a new photo at home. We're committed to this cycle until we receive a digital photo from you that meets the criteria for valid passport photos.

    In the unlikely scenario where providing an appropriate digital photo proves challenging, your payment will be promptly refunded. Your satisfaction and peace of mind are our utmost priorities.

    Can 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. Two ways: Just upload the photos on this website along with your name and email address. Or email your pictures to and include your first name, last name, and purpose of the photo (for US passport, Indian Passport photos, etc.). We will review your photos and email you back a payment link so you can place your order in a single click.

    Can I submit some old photos for making passport photos?

    Yes, you can. However, we recommend you take a new photo for two reasons. Most photos taken on vacation or at 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.
    The United States requires a passport photo must be taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance.
    Canada mentions that the photo must reflect your current appearance (taken within the last 12 months).
    United Kingdom "Your photos must be taken within the last month".
    Australia Photographs must be no more than six months old.
    New Zealand Your photos must not be more than 6 months old.
    India Minor applicants below the age of 4 years need to carry a passport-size photograph for the processing of the application at the PSK/PO. For applicants above the age of 4 years, photographs will be captured at the PSK/PO itself.

    What are the official guidelines for Passport Photos for US Passport applications? (Same guidelines apply for US Naturalization/Citizenship photos and VISA photos.)

    • Two Passport Photos (Don't worry. OnlinePassportPhoto.com will take care of this)
    • Your photographs must be: 2x2 inches in size (Don't worry. OnlinePassportPhoto.com will take care of this)
    • Identical (Don't worry. OnlinePassportPhoto.com will take care of this)
    • Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance
    • Color
    • Full face, 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 in 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, a 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.

    Passport photo specs

    Good Passport Pictures

    Can I order passport photos in sizes like 1 x 1 inch, 2 x3 inches, 3 x3 inches, etc?

    * Sure. You can order photos in almost any size on our website- 1 x1 inch ( 1-inch x1- inch) photos, or 2 x 3 inch (2-inch x 3-inch photo) as requested by the Medical Board of California for physician registration on the form 07A-100, or by Canada Immigration. We can also help you get photos in sizes like 25 x35mm for an India Pan Card, or 33 x 48mm for a China passport. We can photos in any size.

    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, send an email to passportphotos@hotmail.com or use the Contact Us form to tell us the details. Whichever way you inform us, we will get the information about the photo size and we will provide you with accurate photos.

    How can I take better pictures/photos at home for Passports, visa, or citizenship applications?

    Achieving impeccable passport, citizenship, or visa photos from the comfort of your home is within reach. Here's how:
    • Choose a suitable location: Utilize a white wall as your backdrop or drape a white bedsheet for a clean background. Maintain a distance of approximately 3 feet from this background.
    • Opt for natural light: Select a time when indirect natural light is abundant. This soft lighting enhances photo quality.
    • Positioning matters: Position the camera about 6 feet away from the subject, maintaining eye level. This creates a balanced perspective.
    • Framing and spacing: Allow ample space around the head and encompass half of the body (head to waist) within the frame.
    • Activate flash: Enable the camera flash to optimize lighting, especially when you're around 6 feet away from the subject.
    • Avoid shadows: Ensure a 2 to 3 feet distance between the subject and the background to prevent shadows.
    • Keep eyes open and mouth closed: (For a successful shot and, perhaps, a successful marriage, this same rule is helpful: keep your eyes open and your mouth shut!)
    • Camera settings: Opt for at least 2 MP mode, with 4 MP being the recommended setting for crisp results.

    By following these steps, you'll be well on your way to capturing impressive photos suitable for passports, citizenship applications, or VISAs from the comfort of your home.

    How can I take PROFESSIONAL QUALITY pictures at home for Passports?

    • Position light sources on both sides of the subject to avoid shadows on the face. (Desirable but no need to worry about it. Use can use a white wall. Stand 4 feet away from it and fire Flash (Flash Fill-in) to take a nice picture)
    • Use a light source to illuminate the background behind the subject to avoid shadows in the background.

      Passport photo set up

    • Camera/ Subject Position Place the camera approximately 4 ft (120 cm) from the subject.
    • Have the camera at the subject's eye level. Position the subject facing the camera.

    What kind of Digital Camera do I need?

    Any camera or smartphone camera will work. Just make sure to take a photo indoor and in good day light.

    Do I have to open or have a PayPal account to use your service?

    No, not at all. PayPal may want you to create one but it is not required. You can pay directly by clicking on the PayPal payment account page link shown in the image below:
    (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 the image shown below.)

    Passport Paypal

    How do I pay for multiple photos /people in one checkout?

    For PayPal, once you click on the PayNow button, it will take you to the checkout page where enter the right quantity as shown below and click on the Update Totals button:

    PayPal Passport multiple

    I don't use credit cards online. Is there a different payment format available?

    Don't like to use credit cards online?
    No worries. You can pay us securely with Venmo or Zelle, directly from your bank account. Please click here to get details and pay for your photos with Venmo/Zelle.

    What is your privacy policy? How long are our photos stored on your servers?

    We do not sell your e-mail address or any personal information to anyone 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 a church or a school group and we need to order passport photos for our members. Is there a way OnlinePassportPhoto.com can help us?

    Sure. It works even better to order with OnlinePassportphoto.com when there is a 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 our e-mail address: passportphotos@hotmail.com

    Where do I find US Passport application forms?

    The best place to find Passport forms is travel.state.gov website. For your convenience, you can click here to go directly to download the latest forms for applying for, or renewing a US passport

    Where do I find US Passport information?

    Click here for information about applying for or renewing a passport in the US
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    This page was last updated on March 21, 2023