Photo Specifications

You need a photo when you renew or apply for a new passport. The photo must meet our specifications.

Providing and acceptable passport photo will help alleviate delays in the processing of your passport application.

Guidelines for a Passport Photo

Actual photo size of 2 inches x 2 inches

  • Proportionate size of actual image to actual photo size – head size a maximum 80% of the photo (1.41″) and minimum 70% of the photo (1.25″)
  • Photo must be less that 6 months old.
  • The head must be in a straight position with face looking directly into the camera.
  • The head must be captured in the center of the actual picture size, with a clear gap around the sides and top of the head (this includes hair).
  • Open eyes (no squinting).
  • Mouth must be closed.
  • A neutral facial expression must be maintained (no smiling or frowning).
  • The visibility of the eyes are important (no hair across the face or eyes).
  • No glasses or sunshades.
  • Photo must be in focus, with no red-eye and no reflected light on the face.
  • Photo must be a true image, not altered in any way.
  • Photo must have adequate brightness and contrast.
  • High quality colour showing natural skin tones

Black and white photos are not acceptable

  • The background must be a white background.
  • There must be no shadows.