Canadian Passport Photo

Canadian Passport Photo

Prepare a perfect passport photo with guaranteed acceptance!

What do you get?

You save time and money - take a biometric photo conveniently without leaving home

Convenience
Digital photo within a few seconds or printouts shipping to your home
Professional service
Over 1,000,000 people have used our services within 7 years.
Guarantee of acceptance
If your photo is rejected by authorities, we will refund you twice the price you paid
Satisfaction guarantee
Take as many photo shots as you want - you pay only when you are satisfied

What do our users write about us?

The reviews come from our customer satisfaction surveys.

Nikita F.

Very good app, helpful team responded very quickly and sorted any issues. I haven't used the photos yet for passport application so I can't say yet whether it was 100 percent successful, but they offer refunds. Very good service.

RD

I used an Android app for the service, and found the quick display of printable photos very useful. Even better is the paid service where a person is able to help check to see if the photos should be accepted by the passport agency. Issues were identified, and were quickly resolved with their assistance. A quick turnaround and customer service was well worth the price.

Giri

Excellent service. I needed passport photo's (soft copy and hard copy both) and needed for 3 folks in the family. I did my best to capture photos at home and uploaded and and when I submitted and processed my payment, within few minutes I get a response asking for re-submitting one of the photos as it didn't meet the criteria. So it was like getting it all done in person. Very pleased with the promptness in communication and information provided.

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Photo for Canadian Passport - size & requirements

Photo for Canadian Passport
Size
Width: 50 mm
Height: 70 mm
Resolution
600 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 35 mm
  • Bottom of the Photo to the Eye Line: 39 mm
Is it suitable for online submission?
yes
Is it printable?
yes
Background Color

How to take a photo?

Body-camera distance
1
Body-camera distance
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
2
Posture: Straight ahead
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face
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Even lighting on both sides of the face

Where to get Canadian passport photos?

Actually, getting your Canadian passport photos is easier than you think! In the 21st century, you can get the image anywhere - both digital and printed photos! Regardless of whether you are in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, or Quebec, you don’t have to go to a photo studio to get your passport photos. Today you can do it from your home. All you have to do is take a photo of yourself using a tripod or ask someone to take the picture for you using your smartphone and upload it onto this web site. Our photo cropper and background eraser will prepare your Canadian passport photo in 3 seconds! Then, you will be able to download the digital version and a ready-to-print passport photo template, or simply order it to be delivered to your door!

Keep reading to learn a life-hack that will let you print two passport photos for less than $0.35!

How to save money on passport photos?

It is extremely easy! As you might have noticed, in most photo studios, photo booths, and pharmacies, the cost of a passport photo is higher than the cost of any other photo. A passport size photo printout (5 x 7 cm) costs from 5 to 10 dollars, however, a 10 x 15 cm photo costs less than 35 cents! In order to get two Canadian passport photos for the price of a 10 x 15 cm photo (postcard-size photo), all you have to do is prepare a printable passport photo template on our website and print the pictures at any photo center or pharmacy as a 10 x 15 cm photo!

Where can I get and print my Canadian passport photo?

First, prepare your passport photos on our website - take a picture, upload it, and check if you like the image. If you don’t think you look good in the passport photo, simply retake the picture as many times as you wish!

Second, choose one of the options - you can get the passport photo template for free, though it will require some effort from your side to prepare the picture to meet all the requirements. Or save some time, and download your professional Canadian passport photos with an acceptance guarantee for $4.99! For $6.99 you will also get printed photos delivered to your door!

Third, if you decide on a digital version of the photo, find the closest Walmart, Walgreens, or Costco where you can print it out as a 10 x 15 cm photo. This will give you two passport photos ready to be cut out and submitted at the passport office.

In a nutshell - you can get a digital Canadian passport photo here and print it out at any photo-copying service such as Walmart or Costco. Below you will find the guidelines on how to take a biometric photo that will meet all the official requirements! (or just take a photo and our AI compliance check tool will inform you about any errors it may have)

Canada passport photo requirements

If you are planning to apply for a Canadian passport, you’ll need to provide two identical colour or black-and-white photos. The pictures need to have identical measurements of 50 × 70 mm width x height (2 × 2.7 inches). It is crucial to provide an up-to-date photo taken within 6 months before the date you are applying. 

Your passport photos should be printed on high-quality photo paper. Any other type of paper (e.g. heavy-weight paper) is not allowed. Original pictures must be taken for the purposes of the documents, made from a single negative or a single electronic image file, and cannot be copied from other existing photos.

How to pose for your passport photo?

Now, let’s move on to taking the actual passport photo. Position your body in front of the camera. Don’t tilt it in any direction - your face must be facing the camera straight on. Don't smile or show your teeth, and do maintain a neutral facial expression. You have to look straight into the camera lens. 

What must be visible in the photo?

Your face must be between 1 1/4 inches (31 mm) and 1 7/16 inches (36 mm) high in the image area. The image must show your entire head from its crown to the bottom of the chin. The frame of the photo should also include your neck and the edge of your shoulders. 

Background

Your passport photo must be taken against a plain white or light background. There must be sharpness and sufficient contrast between the background, your facial features, and clothing - your face or clothing cannot blend into the background. 

Lighting

The lighting in the photo must be uniform and frontal to avoid glare or shadows. It’s best to use natural lighting, as the pictures must show your natural skin tone and natural light reflects it most accurately. The best recommendation is to sit facing a window. Make sure you avoid light that’s too bright, because this could make your passport photo overexposed. 

Headcovers

Generally, a photo for a Canadian passport should be taken without a hat. However, religious or medical headcovers are allowed. A religious hat or scarf cannot cover the face or even cast a shadow. It is very important that the entire face is clearly visible. So if a scarf that you wear due to your religious beliefs covers your mouth and nose - you will have to lower it below your chin while taking the photo.

Glasses

It’s acceptable to wear medical glasses while posing for the photo as long as there is no glare on them, but you’re not allowed to wear tinted glasses or sunglasses. Also, your eyes, especially the pupils, must be visible. However, if you want to increase your chance of getting the correct photo, it's better to take a picture without glasses.

Clothing

There are no special dress requirements for the Canadian passport photo. Applicants are allowed to wear casual clothing, but with some exceptions. The clothes should not be too extravagant. Avoid wearing any uniforms as this may cause your photo to be rejected by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) department. As we’ve already mentioned, you can’t blend in with the background, so it’s recommended to avoid wearing white for your passport photo. The same applies to black clothing which can have a similar effect.

Jewelry

When it comes to jewelry, the rule of ‘less is more’ is highly practiced in passport photo fashion. Don’t wear large earrings that could cover a part of your cheeks, because they may obscure your jawline, which is an important aspect of biometric photos. Any jewelry that could potentially cover even a small part of your face shouldn’t be worn, however a small pair of earrings or a dainty pendant necklace should be okay. 

Makeup

The Canadian government doesn’t provide any special requirements regarding makeup in their official guidelines. However, it is recommended to avoid bold makeup, which - as we know - can completely change a person’s appearance. Natural and delicate makeup is allowed - ideally, it should be the makeup you wear on a daily basis. However, avoid using lip gloss and heavily pearly eye shadows. If your skin tends to glow, it's a good idea to use special matting wipes before taking the passport photo.

Canadian passport biometric photo

All the above requirements apply to biometric photos, which are the only ones accepted when applying for a Canadian passport. The biometric photo highlights all the individual biometric features such as the jawline, the shape of your eyes, nose, and mouth and enables easy and quick identification of an individual. Most of the Canadian passport photo requirements pointed above are the standard biometric photo requirements. Although considering passport photo requirements in other countries, we can say that the Canadian passport photo size (5×7 cm) is pretty uncommon.

How to take a Canada passport photo with a smartphone?

It's simpler and cheaper to take your passport shot using a smartphone than visiting a photographer's studio. Our online document photo software allows you to take a photo for your Canadian passport with your smartphone. All you need to do is position yourself correctly and ensure your face is evenly illuminated on both sides. Make sure there are no shadows on your face, shoulders, ears, or in the background. Attach the ready photo to our tool. This intelligent software will automatically check whether the image is correct and meets all requirements. If so, it will remove the background from the image. Then, the finished, prepared photo will be sent to your email, so you can print the picture and attach it to the Canadian passport application.

The Canadian passport photo checklist

  • A uniform background (preferably white).
  • Picture size is 50×70 mm (2 × 2.7 inches).
  • The length of the face from the chin to the top of the head must be between 31 mm (1 1/4 inch) and 36 mm (1 7/16 inch) in the frame.
  • No shadows are allowed in the photo.
  • Position your body and head directly in front of the camera.
  • Don’t tilt your head or show your ‘better profile’.
  • Keep a neutral facial expression.
  • Don't squint your eyes, don't smile, and do keep your mouth naturally closed.
  • Sign the back of the photos and put a note with the date on which the photo was taken.
  • Don’t modify the photo using graphic design programs.
  • Make sure the photo is sharp and reflects your natural skin tone.
  • Don’t apply any filters to the photos.
  • Make sure your hair doesn’t cover your face and/or eyebrows.
  • While your ears don’t have to be visible in the image, your jawline must be.
  • Make sure that the frame includes your entire face from the top of the head to the chin, neck and part of the shoulders.
  • The pupils of your eyes should be visible, including the color of the iris (a red-eye effect is not accepted).
  • If you wear corrective glasses, make sure there are no reflections or glares.

Photo requirements are based on: www.canada.ca

Last update: 24.09.2021

Photo requirements are based on: www.canada.ca
Last update: 21.10.2021

Frequently Asked Questions

❓ Can I apply for a Canadian passport online?

Unfortunately, at the moment it is not possible to apply for the Canadian passport online, however you don’t have to do it in person - you can apply for your Canadian passport by mail.

❓ Can you wear earrings in a Canada Passport Photo?

Yes, as long as you don’t wear large and reflective earrings, which not only distort the contrast between the silhouette and the background, but can also obscure parts of the face, which is not allowed in Canada passport photos.

❓ Can I take a Canada passport photo with an iPhone?

Yes. Using our tool you can take a passport photo with your iPhone and any other camera tool. You can even take a selfie and our software will validate it for Canada Passport Photo Requirements. You can also ask another person to take a photo of you.

To take a photo for your Canada Passport, you may wear medical glasses, but you may not wear tinted glasses or sunglasses. The point is that your pupils and the color of your irises as well as the shape of your eyes must be visible. Even if you wear prescription glasses, it's best to remove them to reduce the risk of your image being rejected by a government official.

5 × 7 cm width x height (2 × 2 ¾ inches).

By providing an additional passport photo, you can quickly obtain a new document in case of theft or loss.

Passport photos must have a white background, so if your wheelchair has a headrest, you should put a plain white towel or piece of cloth over it. As a result, the facial features and facial edges become clear against the background.

Your nasal cannula may appear in your passport photo if there is a medical justification for it. You must then enclose a medical certificate with your passport application. Also, remember that the immigration office may ask you for a special letter from your doctor.

Passport photos with a neutral expression make the work of facial recognition systems easier, which lowers the risk of fraud and false identity. A neutral facial expression makes it easier to verify identity as it better enhances the unique features of each person's face.

No. Canada's passport photo requirements differ from those for the United States and other countries. Pictures for Canadian passports have a unique size and must be attached to the application in duplicates. In addition, you must sign them on the back and state the date they were taken. Moreover, such images must meet all photo requirements. If they don't, your application will be rejected by the IRCC.

At www.canada.ca you will find both examples of acceptable and unacceptable passport photos.

About the document

Canadian Passport

All new Canadian passports are called the ePassport and have the form of 36-page books with an electronic data chip in them. The chip stores information which is the same as the one printed on the second page of the passport book. This includes your last name, given name, nationality, date of birth, sex, passport number, and your Canada passport photo. The information on the chip is permanently blocked. This means that if, for example, you have changed your name, the data cannot be updated. You must apply for a completely new passport. Canada's Electronic Passport also serves as a traditional paper document. If the border inspection post does not have an e-passport reader, the document will therefore be scanned in the traditional way.

IMPORTANT: If your passport has expired and you do not need to make significant changes (in your name, place or date of birth or sex), you can renew your passport instead of applying for a new one.

Who can apply for a Canadian passport?

To apply for an adult passport, you must be a Canadian citizen and 16 years of age or older.

How can I apply for a Canadian passport?

When applying for a Canadian passport, you must submit a completed application, attach a Canada passport photo (2 copies) and the necessary documents.

You can apply in person or by mail. The way of applying depends on when you are planning your next trip. If you’re not traveling in the next month, you can send your application by regular mail or visit one of the Passport Offices. You can also apply at the Service Canada Office of Admitting Agents. However, if you need a passport within the next 20 days, you must apply in person at the Passport Office. If you already have a passport, it will be cancelled and must be submitted with your application for a new document.

Guarantor and references

When applying for a new passport, you must have a guarantor to sign the application, a passport photo and all copies of the identity documents that you submit with your application. You must also attach to the application two references from people who have known you for at least 2 years. 

Applying for a Canadian passport - useful guidelines

  • To save time, complete the form on your computer and then print it out.
  • Sign each page of the application.
  • Attach your old, invalid passport with your application.
  • Prepare references and the guarantor’s signatures.

Who issues passports in Canada?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), formerly known as the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

How much does a Canadian passport cost?

The 5-year adult passport (age 16 and over) costs 120C AD while a 10-year adult passport (age 16 and over) costs 160 CAD. You can also order an urgent pickup and receive your passport by the end of the next business day. This costs an extra 110 CAD. The IRCC offers Express pickup (within 2 to 9 business days) as well and charges 50 CAD extra.

List of documents when applying for a Canadian passport

Documents that are always required:

  • proof of Canadian citizenship (original),
  • a document confirming your identity,
  • two identical passport photos with a signature on the back and the date they were taken,
  • any valid Canadian travel document issued in your name.

You may need to provide additional documents if:

  • you have changed your name, 
  • you’re replacing a lost, stolen or damaged passport,
  • you don’t want to enter your place of birth in your passport,
  • you’re updating the gender ID in your passport.

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