UNITED KINGDOM

Passport / Visa Photo Specification

United Kingdom Passport / Visa Printed Photo Specs

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

 

Photos of babies and children

Children must be on their own in the picture. Babies must not be holding toys or using dummies.

Children under 6 do not have to be looking directly at the camera or have a plain expression.

Children under one do not have to have their eyes open. You can support their head with your hand, but your hand must not be visible in the photo.

United Kingdom Passport / Visa Digital Photo Specs

The quality of your digital photo

Your photo must be:

  • clear and in focus
  • in colour
  • unaltered by computer software
  • at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels tall
  • at least 50KB and no more than 10MB

 

What your digital photo must show

The digital photo must:

  • contain no other objects or people
  • be taken against a plain light-coloured background
  • be in clear contrast to the background
  • not have ‘red eye’

If you’re using a photo taken during your application, include your head, shoulders and upper body. Do not crop your photo – it will be done for you.

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

 

 

Photos of babies and children

Children must be on their own in the picture. Babies must not be holding toys or using dummies.

Children under 6 do not have to be looking directly at the camera or have a plain expression.

Children under one do not have to have their eyes open. You can support their head with your hand, but your hand must not be visible in the photo.

Children under one should lie on a plain light-coloured sheet. Take the photo from above.

 

FAQ

You could find a Pro Passport Photo location near you by using our store locator.

Applicant must show a neutral facial expression (no smiling,
mouth closed) and look straight at the camera.

You can not have a hat, and you can not have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)

There is no instruction on UK passport photo specifications that indicate you could or could not.

Do not wear sunglasses or tinted glasses. You can wear other glasses if you need to, but your eyes must be visible without any glare or reflection.

Make sure the baby is awake and dressed in dark color top, to find a baby photo location, please use our store locator, and choose Baby Photos under the Category option.

Children under one do not have to have their eyes open. You can support their head with your hand, but your hand must not be visible in the photo.

External Links:

Passport GOV.UK

Government of UK

Visa GOV.UK

Government of UK

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