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1. Verify Your Photo   2. Upload Your Photo(s)   3.Make Payment

Passport/Visa Photos: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I place my order for Passport/Visa photos?
How much Online Passport Service costs? How does it work?
How will I get my Passport photos after I place my order?

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

My photos are not in the exact 2x2 inches size. How can I get them in the exact size?
How does same-day-pickup-at-a-local-store service work?

Do you deliver photos outside the USA?
If my uploaded photo can not be used to make passport photos, what happens to my payment?
Can I submit an old photo for making passport photos?

Can I get my digital photos pre-approved before making a payment?
What are the official guidelines for Passport Photos for US Passport applications?
Can I order passport photos in 1 x 1 inch, 2x3 inch size, or any odd size?

How can I take better pictures at home for Passports?
How can I take PROFESSIONAL QUALITY pictures at home for Passports?
What kind of Digital Camera do I need?

Do I have to open a PayPal account to use your service?
How do I pay for multiple photos/persons in single checkout?
I don't use credit cards online. Is there a different payment format available?
What is your privacy policy? How long are our photos stored on your servers?

Customer comments:

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.

"As you 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.
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 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).
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?

Ordering your passport photos with us is a simple 3 step process:

First, click on Validate your photo(s) link here or on top of every page to look atsample 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 whether your photos can be used, please upload your photos on this website but do not make a payment. Or email your photos to passportphotos@hotmail.com. We will validate your photo. If the photo is good, we will send you a link for a quick payment. If it has any issues, we will provid you tips so you can take a better new photo.

Step 2: Provide us your photos:
You can Upload your photo(s) by clicking here, or on the link on top of any page. Or, email them as attachment as mentioned in step 1.

Step 3: Make payment and place your order
Click on the Make Payment link here or on the top of any page.

If you need more help or have questions, please click here.

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

6 Passport/Visa photos is only $8.95 per person. If you want more photos, it is only $10.95 per person for 12 photos!

Please visit our Payment page and enter your details to check exact rates for you.

How does OnlinePassportPhoto service work?

We are glad you asked us. We are passport photo innovators! Unlike the expensive passport photo service near you, we provide passport photo for less, and also more convinently.
You take a digital photo at home against plain white or light background. We will adjust subject, background, light, contract etc. and prepare your photo to make valid passport or visa photo. Then we will crop to passport photo requirements of your country. Then 6 (or 8) copies of cropped passport photo are put on a 4x6 inch format which is uploaded to the store near you, or gets printed using professional photo printing equipment. The end result is- one of the best passport photos in the world delivered to your home.

Unlike most other passport photo services, we will fix and enhance your photo. Our competitors just format pictures without fixing background or lighting. We at Online Passport Photos manually process every photo to eliminate most of the risk factors with passport photo. Please take this into consideration while choosing your passport photo provider.

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

OnlinePassportPhotos.com will fulfill your order in any one of the following ways:

  1. Mail the photos to your address on PayPal order. We print and mail your photos. For such orders, $3 for Shipping and Handling will 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.
  2. We can make your photos available for pick up at a Walgreens or CVS store near you. You will need to pay around 20-40 cents per set of 6 photos to the store at the time of pickup.
    For this option, please include the store address on your order.
    Estimated delivery time: You should be able to pick up usually the same day or within one business day if ordered earlier in the day, or within 2 business days in most cases.
  3. 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 order..
    Estimated delivery time: We will email you the photos the same day if ordered earlier in the day, or within 1 business day in most cases.

Please do not ask us to deliver your photos in more than one way. If you are requesting pickup at a photo store near you, we will not email you a 4x6 formatted print.

I need urgent passport photos. How can I get them quickly?

No problem. We can help you, except on week-ends and long holidays in the USA.

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, Emaiil us or click on this form, and let us know that you would like photos processed on expedited basis.
** For urgent needs, we can e-mail you back a high quality photosheet which you can print at home, or print at a Coscto, rite-aid,CVS or Walgreens near you in person.

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

We create the photosheet with software and all 6 photos are exactly identical. The issue is generally with store printer that is not calibrated accurately to print around 2,000,000 pixels accurately on a 4x6 paper. As such, hardly ever we find a printer that is 100% accurately calibrated. When you print at home, you will find same issue. What are the options?

1) We can try at some other store but please be aware that the issue may be there too.

2) We can order 6 or 12 more photos for you so you can get some exact photos. 

3) We can email you the photosheet which you can try to print in person at the store and ask the photo clerk to do proper printer adjustments to print the digital photosheet accurately. 

Last but not the least, this issue happens to some extent on our printers too. The photos we mail are not all in exact size. However,no passport or visa office has ever rejected any of our photos saying the photos were off by few millimeters. We have done photos for 10000 plus customers. If photos you have are off by up to 3-4 mm,you should be okay. Said all this, please let us how you want to proceed and we are here to help you until you are satisfied and comfortable.

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

We are glad you asked us. Our passport photo pick up at a store near you is innovative, simple, quick and convenient.
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 store employee, we know specifications for passport or visa photos for almost every country. We fix your photo, 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 when we have uploaded your photos to the store near you .

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 ask for Passport or Visa photos as that may create confusion. Normally in most stores, the photos are ready within an hour or two after you receive the confirmation email from us. Please note that you will need to pay around 35 cents total per one 4x6 print at the store. After picking up your photos, cut the 4x6 print(s) along the lines separating photos, with any household scissors.

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 to print 2,000,000 pixels on a 4x6 inch paper. They always lose some pixels, and a photo can be off by 2-4 mm, which is normal.

Do you deliver photos outside the USA?

If 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 some tips and ask you to take a new photo at home. We will repeat this until we have a digital photo from you which can be converted into valid passport photos.

In worst case, if you are not able to provide us good digital photo(s), we will refund your payment.

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, 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 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.
United States requires 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 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.)

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

* Sure. You can order photos in almost any size with us. We can create 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 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.

How can 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 light.
* Keep camera around 6 feet away from the subject (person whose photo is being taken) and at subject's eye-level.
* Leave 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).

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

What 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 a 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 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.)

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 right quantity as shown below and click on the Update Totals button:

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

Don't like 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:

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 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 a church, 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 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: passportphotos@hotmail.com

Where do I find US Passport application forms?

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 information?

Click here for information about applying or renewing a passport in the US

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