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Below is an outline of UK Passport and Visa Photo Requirements.

UK Passport Photo :: UK Visa Photos

All passport applications must include two identical recent photographs. The photographs you send us must meet internationally agreed standards and must be a true likeness of you.

The guidance in the following guidance will help you send us acceptable photographs, and will help avoid the need for us to ask for more photographs.

The photographs must be


In colour, not black and white;

Taken within the last month;

Taken against a light grey background;

45 millimetres (mm) high x 35 millimetres (mm) wide;

A close-up of your head and shoulders with a recommended head height (the distance between the bottom of your chin and the crown of your head, not the top of any hair visible) between 29 and 34mm (31.5mm), with the eyes in the grey shaded band. This should result in the capture of a useable biometric element by our system. The diagram below shows the positioning of the head within the image, along with the recommended head size (not to scale).


The Check & Send service at selected Post Office® branches includes a check to ensure that once your photograph is scanned there are sufficient characteristics for the biometric element to be recorded accurately.

Undamaged, for example; not torn, creased, or marked;

Free from shadows;

Taken with your eyes open and clearly visible (with no sunglasses or tinted glasses, and no hair across your eyes);

Free from reflection or glare on your glasses, and the frames must not cover your eyes (where possible, we recommend that you remove your glasses to avoid the possibility of rejections);

Free from ‘Redeye’;

Of you facing forward, looking straight at the camera;

With a neutral expression, your mouth must be closed (no grinning, frowning or raised eyebrows)of you on your own (no babies’ dummies, toys or other people visible);

Taken of the full head, without any covering, unless it is worn for religious beliefs or medical reasons;

Taken with nothing covering your face.

The photographs must also:

Be in sharp focus and clear;

Have a strong definition between face and background; and

Be printed professionally. Photographs printed at home are not likely to be of an acceptable quality.

Photographs that are digitally amended to meet our requirements are likely to be unsuitable for passport purposes as the amendment can change the facial image. This may mean that the photograph is no longer a “true” likeness and the biometric captured from such photographs is unusable and may disrupt travel.

If your application needs to be countersigned, please ask your countersignatory to certify only one of your photographs, the second photograph must be left blank.


Photographs for children aged six and over must meet the full standards set out in this guide. The measurements listed above apply to children from 11 months old.

Photographs of children five years and under must show a clear image that is a true likeness of the child. As young children can be difficult to photograph, children aged five and under do not need to have a neutral expression or to look directly at the camera, but they must face forward.

In addition to the exceptions above, babies under 11 months old do not need to have their eyes open (however it is preferable for eyes to remain open). All other standards must be met. If the baby’s head needs to be supported, it is important that your supporting hand cannot be seen.