Photo 2x2 Inches

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Body-camera distance

The distance between the face and the camera should be about 40 cm. Ideally the photo should be taken by the other person.


Posture: Straight ahead

Place your face in front of the lens. Hold the camera at eye level and keep neutral face expression.



Stand facing the light source, for example an exposed window. The background will be cut out, don't worry about it.

Photos with dimensions 2x2 inches

Photo 2x2 Inches (51x51 Milimetres)
Width: 2 in
Height: 2 in
300 dpi
Is it suitable for online submission?
Image definition parameters
Head height: 1.29 in
Bottom of the Photo to the Eye Line: 1.18 in
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More about Photo 2x2 Inches (51x51 MM) - Requirements

About the 2 x 2 inch photo

The requirements for document photographs may differ, especially in terms of size and framing. If you want to obtain a professional photo that is suitable for different documents, usually the best solution is to choose a universal photograph with a pre-set size. For the standard 2 x 2 inch passport photo,

 you can use the cropping tool available on our page. Within seconds we’ll adapt your photograph to the official government requirements. 

Thanks to this simple procedure, you’ll be able to save time and money that you would spend searching for a photographer to take your professional document photos in the correct size. 

Not all photography studios offer the possibility to print passport photos in the 2 x 2 inch forma, so using a photo maker with the option of automatic framing may be the best solution.

Background for the 2 x 2 inch photo

Commonly, the photograph used in an official document should have a uniform background. The background color itself may differ depending on the specific application. Normally, however, it is a light-colored background, often white (#ffffffff) or light gray (for instance #f9f9f9), although sometimes there may be a particular background requirement of blue - #1250fa. With the cropping tool you can get a photograph with a uniform background. All you have to do is upload any photo to the form above and our Background Removal Tool will do its job. 

The 2 x 2 inch photograph equivalents

The equivalents of a 2 x 2 inch photo are:

  • 51 x 51 mm 
  • 5.1 x 5.1 cm

The 2 x 2 inch format in pixels

In the case of digital version photos only, it is fundamental to maintain the correct proportions, i.e. the ratio of the 2” width to the 2” height. Depending on the resolution (dpi) of the printout, these can be considerably different in dimensions expressed in pixels (px). For example, they may be:

  • for dpi=100 resolution: 200 on 200 px (width = 200 px, and height 200 px)
  • for dpi=300 resolution: 600 on 600 px (width = 600 pixels, and height 600 pixels)
  • for dpi=600 resolution: 1200 on 1200 px (width = 1200 pixels, and height 1200 pixels)

Which documents require a 2 x 2 inch photo?

The 2” x 2” format is the standard passport photo and visa photo format in the United States. It’s also used in other documents around the world, such as the Mexican visa, Indian passport, Ugandan passport, and more. 

While passport photo requirements may vary from country to country, some criteria are common for most countries, and they include:

  • a uniform background (usually white, light gray, or off white background)
  • neutral facial expression - a slight, natural smile may be acceptable by some countries, but make sure you carefully go over the criteria for the document you’re applying for 
  • you’re not allowed to wear a head covering, unless it’s your traditional religious attire supported by a signed note
  • normally you’re not allowed to wear glasses in document photos, unless these are prescription glasses. However, it must be supported by a signed doctor’s statement verifying your need to wear the corrective glasses 
  • if you wear glasses or a head covering, they cannot cast shadows in your photo
  • you have to face the camera directly 

Pass the passport verification process with our app 

Our intelligent, AI-backed photo app will help you get through the passport verification process easily by scanning your passport photo and making sure it meets the government requirements. By using the Passport Photo Online app, you can save money and avoid the hassle of having to leave your house in search of a photo studio or a drugstore to have your photo taken and printed. With the PPO app you can just decide what photo type you need and either order a printable image sent to your email address, or have a printout sent to your home.

Last update: 2023-05-31

About the document

The 2x2 inch photo has a square aspect ratio, meaning the height is equal to the width of the photo.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

What is a 2x2 passport photo?

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It’s a standard passport photo format used for U.S. passports and U.S. visas, but also used in some other documents, such as the Mexican visa, Indian passport, Ugandan passport, and more.

Where to get a 2x2 passport photo?

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You can easily get a photo in this format using our fun and easy mobile app available in the App Store for Apple devices or Google Play for Android phones.

How to take a 2x2 passport photo with an iPhone?

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You can take a 2x2 inch photo with your iPhone or digital camera either by placing it on a tripod or asking someone to take it for you.

The format in pixels depends on the dpi (dots per inch) of the image. The higher the dpi, the sharper the image. Assuming that the pixel density is 100, there are 100 pixels per inch, thus for a 2 x 2 inch photo the size in pixels would be 200 x 200 px. Therefore, for a dpi of 300 it would be 600 x 600 px, and for a dpi of 600, the size in pixels would equal 1200 x 1200 px, and so on.

The size in mm is 51 x 51.

Not all passport photos are that size - the 2 by 2 standard is used by U.S. authorities for passports and visas, and in some official documents from other countries (e.g. the Mexican visa).

You can absolutely prepare a passport photo in Photoshop, however, unless you’re really good at Photoshop this might be tricky. You also need to remember that retouching a 2x2 passport photo using Photoshop is not allowed. You can make your life easier by using our app that will do all the cropping and resizing work for you.

You can set the timer on your digital camera or smartphone and attach it to a tripod, or ask someone to take the photo for you. Once you have your photo ready and you’re satisfied with it, you can upload it to our app and have the photo adjusted exactly to the size required by your document.