Prepare a perfect passport photo with guaranteed acceptance!
Earlier this year, the Costco Photo Center website announced that it would be shutting down its in-person photo services, but would remain operating online. Well, they kept their promise: Costco customers can still satisfy their need for printing photos using the retailer’s website.
However, four of its services are no longer available after closing down. Services such as transferring home videos from VHS tapes to DVD or USB devices, ink refills, taking passport photos, and photo restoration are no longer offered in stores.
Roughly 800 stores have discontinued their in-store photo services since February 14th, 2021.
In an email to its members, Costco explained that digital advancements in photo technology were responsible for this decision: Since the introduction of camera phones and social media, the need for printing photos has steeply declined, even though the number of pictures taken continues to grow. After careful consideration, we have determined the continued decline of prints no longer requires on-site photo printing.
If you’re looking for an alternative, convenient photo printing service, you may want to consider using Passport-Photo.online that offers a vast array of document photos from all over the world.
Read on to learn more about our AI-based online photo tool!
Before we get to the actual Costco photo printing part, let’s get you ready to take your passport pic. So, what are the Canadian passport photo requirements?
First of all, to apply for a Canada passport, you must be a Canadian citizen and over 16 years old. You need to complete a passport application form, then gather all the necessary documents (proof of citizenship, identity document, passport photos, and any supporting documentation you may need), pay your fees, and then send everything by mail or courier.
When it comes to taking baby passport photos, there’s pretty much only one difference - your child doesn’t have to maintain a neutral facial expression! This means that infants are forgiven for smiling or having their mouth open in their passport pics.
Your baby’s head and shoulders must be visible in her passport picture. If you’re supporting your baby’s head with your hand, then it can’t be visible in the photo.
If you’re taking a passport photo of a newborn baby, you can use a car seat with a white blanket placed over it to act as background. Make sure there are no shadows in the photo and that your baby’s face is evenly illuminated on both sides.
You, as the parent or guardian of the child, will need to write a statement on the back of the passport photo saying: “I certify the likeness of (baby’s name)”, and sign the back of the picture.
Since Costco stores are no longer offering passport printing services, you can still print your passport photo at Costco for 17¢. How is that possible? Just prepare a standard 4x6 inch passport photo template using our document photo editor. All you have to do is upload a photo you think is suitable for a passport, or take a new photo. Wait just a couple of seconds for your image to pass our verification process, and now you can get your print-ready template sent to your email address.
You can now use your photo template to print 4x6 inch photos on photo-quality paper using the online Costco Photo Center.
The process of taking your own passport photo with our app is super easy and intuitive. We’ve broken it down into three steps:
You can choose between two ways of getting your photo taken with Passport Photo Online.
For $5.95 you can order digital images of your passport photos sent straight to your email that are yours to keep and print at your convenience at any photo printing service of your choice, or you could go for the Premium Service for $9.95, which includes the digital format and your printed Canadian passport photos sent directly to your address by mail.
Each and every photo goes through a careful and thorough verification process - first by our AI system and then a human photo expert. However, if for whatever reason, your photo doesn’t get accepted, our service includes a 200% money back guarantee. What does that mean? It means that if the authorities turn down your photo, we will pay you back double the amount you paid. Just provide a note from the appropriate office or government agency stating that your photo hasn’t been accepted and we’ll issue you a double refund, no questions asked.
Last update: 2022-09-24
Costco has shut down its in-store photo printing services, and with it, its passport photo offer. However, you can prepare a 4x6 inch photo template and order it to be printed on the Costco Photo Center website as a photo card.
Costco Canada offers standard shipping that usually takes from 5 to 10 business days, however you can opt for the 2-day or overnight shipping option for an extra fee, depending on the size and amount of your photos. Check out the Costco Photo Center website for the fees.
Sure! Follow the requirements regarding baby/infant passport photos included in this post, take a photo of your baby, and let our app verify its compliance with passport authorities for you.
No, you don’t need a Costco membership to use its online photo services.
If, for whatever reason, your photo doesn’t get accepted, our service includes a 200% money back guarantee. It means that if the authorities turn down your photo, we will pay you back double the amount you paid. Just provide a note from the appropriate office or government agency stating that your photo hasn’t been accepted and we’ll issue you a double refund, no questions asked.
No, Costco Canada doesn’t offer same-day photo deliveries, but it does offer an overnight shipping option for an extra fee.