UK Passport and Visa Photo Requirements
  • Two identical photos are required for UK passport applications
  • The passport photos must be 45mm by 35mm
  • The background must be light grey
  • The passport photo must stand out clearly against the background
  • Passport photos must be printed on low gloss high quality photographic paper
  • Passport photos you submit must copyright free
  • The photos must be undamaged,ie.no creases caused by paper clips
  • Other people of objects must not be visible in your photos
  • The head size in the UK passport photo must measure between 29 and 34mm
  • The above measurement is from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head (without hair)
  • There must be no writing on the back or the front of photos
  • The passport and visa photos must be properly focused and clear
  • Professional printing is required. for British Passport Photos
  • No shadows are allowed in UK passport and visa photos
  • You must be facing forwards and looking straight into the camera
  • You expression must be neutral in you British passport photo
  • Do not show your teeth and keep your mouth closed for Uk Passport Photos
  • No grinning, raised eyebrows and frowning
  • Your eyes must be open and clearly visible in British Passport Photos
  • There must be no hair obscuring your eyes, sunglasses or tinted glasses
  • There must no flash reflections from glasses in Uk Passport photos
  • The frame of the glasses must not cover up any part of your eyes
  • We advise our customers to remove their glasses for their UK passport photos
  • Head coverings are allowed only for religious or medical reasons in UK passport photos


UK Passport Photo Requirements for children under age 5 listed below:

  • The photo must be clear and show a true likeness of the child
  • A neutral expression is not required for a UK passport photo
  • Reflections and glare on spectacle are acceptable
  • The head of the child can be at an angle
  • Children do not need are not required to look straight into the camera
 Baby Passport Photos: If under one year of age, baby does not need to have eyes open and there should be no supporting hands visible. Photo size for children over six are the same for adults but the head size can be between 21mm and 34mm.

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