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What Passport Photos Need to Show
United Kingdom passport photos rules are specific about what needs to show. Thus, each facial photograph must be:
A close-up shot of a full head and upper shoulders.
In clear contrast to the plain cream or light grey background.
A picture containing no other objects or any other people.
When you get a photo for a passport application you must:
Face forward and look direct into the camera lens.
Have your mouth closed and have a neutral expression on your face.
Have your eyes open. If you wear spectacles the picture must be free from any glare or reflection.
Not have any hair dangling in front of your eyes (or obscuring them).
Not wear a head covering (an exception applies if it for medical or religious reasons).
Not have anything covering your face.
Not have shadows over your face or behind you.
Not have any photographic 'red eye' issues.
Note: Rules for passport photos do not allow wearing sunglasses or tinted spectacles. But, you may wear reading glasses in a passport photo UK. If so, your eyes must show fully through clear lenses and without any glare or reflections.
British Passport Photo Image Size
An image of your face runs from the crown of your head to your chin. The image size for passport photos must measure between 29mm and 34mm high.
Dos and Don'ts on Passport Pics
Do: Look straight into the camera (not facing away to one side).
Do: Have a neutral facial expression instead.
Do Not: Wear a fashion hair covering (hat or cap).
Do Not: Wear a facial covering (some exceptions apply).
Do Not: Allow hair to cover the face.
Do Not: Allow glare from glasses.
Do Not: Smile in the picture.
Sending Passport Photos by Post
There are some general rules for posting passport photographs with an application. If you use postal methods the photos must be:
Sent loose and not stuck or stapled as an attachment to the application form.
In single format and already separated from each other.
Passport Photo for Baby UK (and child)
Children must be by themselves (one person in the picture).
Babies cannot use dummies or be holding toys.
Special rules apply to children under 6 years old:
They do not need to look directly at the camera.
They do not need to have a neutral expression.
Infants who are under one year old:
Do not need to have their eyes open. You can use your hand to support their head. But, you must make sure your hand is not visible in baby passports photographs.