Passport Photo Taking Guide

The quality of your digital photo

Your photo must be:

  • clear and in focus
  • in colour
  • unaltered by computer software
  • the photo size should be smaller than 4000 x 3000
  • The file size should be smaller that 10MB

What your 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
  • not wear sunglasses or tinted glasses.

Good and bad examples of digital photos

exemple of passport photos

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.