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Digital Passport Photo—All You Need to Know
With the pilot government program testing online passport renewal, the interest in digital passport images has spiked.
While this process is still not accessible to everyone, you might want to know how to create a digital passport photo and what the requirements are.
Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about US digital passport photos.
Understanding digital passport photo requirements
You’ll need your digital passport picture not only for online passport forms (once they get relaunched) but you can also use it for your US visa application. Plus, you’ll have it ready for use whenever you need a 2x2 photo.
Read on to discover the regulations for digital passport photos as per the US Department of State’s recommendations.
Digital Passport Photo Requirements Explained
|In color (sRGB color space)
|Between 54 kB and 10 MB
|Last 6 months
|Plain white or off-white
|No digital alterations allowed
Important: No filters or alterations are allowed on digital passport photos. Avoid adjusting light exposure, saturation, or any other feature with photo editing software.
Digital passport photos—Do’s and Don’ts
Where to take a digital passport photo
You can get your US passport photos in various locations throughout the country—from pharmacies to post offices, shipping centers, and retail stores.
However, very few of them offer a digital copy alongside their prints. If you request a digital picture, you’ll also have to pay extra for it.
Prepare your digital passport photo conveniently at home!
Now, we know that the internet offers a lot of online passport photo services that promise to edit and adjust your picture to the official requirements. To simplify the task, we’ve compiled information about the five most popular passport photo applications in the table below:
|Large country database
|Compliance guarantee & refund
|Passport Photo Online
|Passport Photo & ID Maker
|ID Photo For Passports And IDs
|iVisa Passport Photo
|Passport Photo-ID Photo
How to make a digital passport photo at home
With the application of your choice, it’s time to create your digital passport photo.
- Take a photo with your smartphone or upload it into the application.
- Resize your picture if needed and change the background to white.
- Save the image in the JPEG file format.
If you want to use your digital photo for a passport or any other official document, you must ensure it meets all the official passport photo requirements described above.
Experience Passport Photo Online’s ease-of-use and acceptance guarantee. Get the best photo for your travel document using our desktop software or your smartphone—download our Passport Photo Booth App for iOS or Passport Photo Maker App for Android, or simply snap a photo with your phone or camera and upload it by using the button at the top of this page!
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