passport photos


Passport photos, printed while you wait

Four photos supplied: £20

Passport photos for 2 people £30

Family passports (up to 4 people) £45

Four extra photos £5 per person (for driving licences, visas, or other photo ID requirements)


You need 2 identical printed photos if you are applying for a passport using a paper form.

You need either printed or digital photos if you’re applying online. You’ll be told as you start your application what type of photo you need.

You must get a new photo when you get a new passport, even if your appearance has not changed.

Your photo must have been taken in the last month.

Your application will be delayed if your photos do not meet the rules.

The size of your printed photos

You need to provide 2 identical photos.

They must:

  • measure 45 millimetres (mm) high by 35mm wide (the standard size used in photo booths in the UK)

  • not be a cut down version of a larger picture


The quality of your printed photos

Your photos must be:

  • printed to a professional standard

  • clear and in focus

  • in colour on plain white photographic paper with no border

  • without any creases or tears

  • unmarked on both sides (unless a photo needs to be countersigned)

  • unaltered by computer software

What your printed photos must show

Your photos must:

  • be a close-up of your full head and upper shoulders

  • contain no other objects or people

  • be taken against a plain cream or light grey background

  • be in clear contrast to the background

  • not have ‘red eye’

In your photo, you must:

  • be facing forwards and looking straight at the camera

  • have a plain expression and your mouth closed

  • have your eyes open and visible

  • not have hair in front of your eyes

  • not have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)

  • not have anything covering your face

  • not have any shadows on your face or behind you

Do not wear sunglasses or tinted glasses. If you wear glasses that you cannot take off, your eyes must be visible without any glare or reflections.


For the official government guidelines for passport photo requirements, please visit: