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If you wish to travel abroad, taking your baby or child with you, then you will need to make sure their passports are in order. Babies and children are required to have their own passports and passport photos, which are only valid for half the length of an adult passport, 5 (five) years. In addition, baby and child passport photos carry rules unique to them, which do not apply to adult passports. Read on to discover these differences, alongside our top tips for taking the perfect baby passport photo.
A digital infant passport photo for the UK must be included when parents are applying online for a British passport for their child. When using the online application form, there is no need to provide a printed version of the baby's pictures. When you apply online, only 1 (one) digital photo is required. If you are applying using a printed form, you will need to attach 2 (two) pictures. You can visit a photo shop to take a UK baby passport photo, or you can use a professional and user-friendly online software tool to take perfect pictures of your babies within a few seconds. The latter option also ensures that your baby is comfortable and relaxed, in familiar surroundings, for their photo.
UK passport photos of babies must meet the requirements regarding their size, file format and the posing of your child. The photo file size needs to be at min 50 KB and max 10MB. If the baby's photo does not meet the required criteria, your application for a UK infant passport will be denied.
The digital baby passport photo UK size rules state that your photo should be a minimum of 600 x 750 pixels (width x height). However, 900 x 1200 px size is preferred to ensure pictures meet the resolution requirements.
Any baby passport photo must be in colour, well lit, and in focus. You must ensure that the image is not modified using any graphic design software. When taking a digital photo of your child for their UK passport, make sure there are no shadows on their face, shoulders, or in the background.
When applying for a British infant passport via traditional mail or passport check and send service, you must include 2 (two) printed identical pictures of your child. It is very important not to attach the pictures permanently to the application (i.e. with paper clip or staples). The images must be enclosed loosely with the application.
One of the pictures needs to include a countersignatory statement on the back. This statement should be of a person you have known for a minimum of 2 (two) years and who can verify your child's identity. This person must not be a family member or anyone else who is closely related to you.
The correct baby passport photo size is 35 x 45 mm (width x height). Each image must be the same size. You should avoid cropping your photo from a larger image, as this is not permitted. Parents can also use our online software that reformats your photo to the correct size and prepares pictures for printing.
Your pictures must be printed on professional plain photographic paper with no border. Images have to be clear, in colour and in focus. Your baby’s photos must be recent, ideally having been taken within the last month. The photos must be reflective of your child's current appearance and have to be unmarked on both sides unless one of them needs to be countersigned. The baby’s passport photos cannot be improved by using any graphic software such as Canva, Photoshop, etc.
Parents living in the UK have several options for taking a baby passport photo, such as at a photographer's, in a photo booth, or even by themselves at home using their smartphone. The main advantage of taking your photo with your smartphone is the flexibility it offers. Passport Photo Online works wherever you are, and is active 24/7, meaning you can fit it around your life easily. In addition, you can save 54% by using our service - now that’s a good deal by anyone’s standards.
Our service can guarantee that you’ll be satisfied with your photo. You can take as many attempts as you need to, completely free of charge, so you can get the best passport photo possible for your child. Our AI software can check your photo against the official specifications for baby passport photos, and our human inspectors can double-check for you, so you can submit your application with confidence! If your photo still needs changes, we’ll give you all the guidance you need to get it application-ready. Finally, in the unlikely event that your photo is rejected by the relevant government department, we pledge to refund you 200% of what you paid.
In general, a baby passport photo has the same official requirements as adult passport photos do. However, the requirements for photos of children under 6 (six) are slightly different, particularly in the case of newborns and toddlers. The picture of your baby needs to be taken against a bright and uniform background, and the frame must contain a close-up of your child’s entire head, neck and upper shoulders. The baby’s face and body must be facing straight at the camera. The head must be kept straight and must not be tilted in any direction. Half-profile photos are not accepted. The baby must not smile in the picture and cannot tilt their head in any direction. Their mouth must be closed, and their eyes open. The face of the baby must be visible, particularly the eyes and eyebrows, so parents need to push their child’s hair out of their face. The child must avoid wearing a head covering in the photo, as well as sunglasses and tinted glasses. Infants are allowed to wear medically necessary glasses, provided they do not obscure the eyes, especially the pupils. You should also ensure that there is no glare from the lenses.
It is recommended to photograph very young children lying down. Parents need to place their newborn baby on an unfolded white sheet and photograph them from above with their phone. The ideal setup is taking the photo around 1.5m away, with clear focus. Children under 1 (one)-year-old will not need to keep their eyes open and won’t have to keep their heads straight. For newborn baby passport photos, the HM Passport Office allows their natural facial expressions and a tilt of the head to one side. Parents need to ensure they have appropriate lighting, making sure there are no shadows. Remember that you need to make sure that your baby is not holding any pacifiers or toys. The background must be clear and plain, and the image must not include any other objects in the back.
Taking passport photos of toddlers can be challenging. However, there are a few tricks to hold your baby’s attention and make them want to sit in front of the camera for a while. You are allowed to spread a white sheet over a high chair and use it to seat your baby. To keep your baby's head straight, put your hand under its clothes at the back and hold it for a moment at the level of the neck. Just ensure that your hand and fingers won’t be visible in the frame.
Also, remember that children under 6 (six) do not need to look directly at the camera, or maintain a neutral expression. Moreover, it is permitted for the child to hold their parent's hands, provided they are not visible in the frame.
Here are some helpful tips for getting a perfect image:
Last update: 18/05/2022
❓ How to take a baby's passport photo?
You have several options for taking a baby’s passport photo, for example you could visit a professional photographer or use a photo booth. You can also take a photo by yourself, at home with your smartphone. Later, use our infant passport photo tool, it can remove the background by itself and crop the photo to the correct size. This program also functions as a passport photo validator, checking to see if the image meets the requirements for UK passports.
❓ How should a baby passport photo look?
A baby passport photo must be 35 x 45 mm (printed copy) or 900 x 1200 px (digital copy) in size. The image must also be in colour, in focus and taken on a bright plain background. The picture needs to present a close-up of the entire head, neck, and upper shoulders. The child’s face and body must be facing straight ahead. Their face must be visible, with their eyes open and mouth closed. You must make sure your child is not wearing any form of head covering, and that there are no background elements. Your child needs to have a neutral facial expression – so no smiling or frowning. Children under 1(one) year of age may have a slightly tilted head and slightly narrowed eyes.
❓ Can a baby's eyes be closed in passport photos?
No, children’s eyes must be open, unless they are 1-year-old or younger.
❓ Do baby passports need photos?
Yes, each child must have a passport photo for their documents.
❓ How do I take a passport photo with my iPhone?
Take a photo as required for the baby passport photo. Attach the digital file to Passport Photo Online’s program. After validating, cropping and removing the background, the AI software will send the finished photo directly to your email address.
❓ Can I take a passport photo using my phone?
Yes, UK infant passport photos can be taken with any phone with a camera that takes high-quality photos. You can also take a picture using a tablet. Remember that you must take the shot using the official guidelines.
❓ Can the baby's hands be in the photo?
No. The baby's hands must not be visible in the photo. Also, make sure that the parent's hands are not in the picture.
❓ Where can I take a baby passport photo?
With Passport Photo Online, you can take a baby passport picture wherever you want! Our internet-based service can fit flexibly around your lifestyle, so you can get your pictures taken at home, the park or even the beach!
❓ Does a baby passport photo need to be signed?
If you are applying for a passport on behalf of a child under 11 (eleven), or any child for the first time, you will need to get their passport photo signed by an appropriate countersignatory.
Every British child must hold a valid passport if you plan to take them abroad. The UK child passport is a travel document that confirms a minor's identity and British citizenship. You must apply for an infant passport on your child’s behalf if your child is under 16 (sixteen) years of age. You can do so online or at a participating branch of the post office. Applying for a child's passport online costs £49, and applying for a child's passport using a paper form - £58.50. The UK baby passport is valid for 5 (five) years.
Remember that only someone with parental responsibility for the child is eligible to apply for the documents. You must provide both parents' details when applying. If you are unable to provide more details of the other parent, you must explain why.
If you choose to apply online, the process for obtaining the document can take up to 6 (six) weeks. If you apply by post, it takes longer. In exceptional circumstances, you can apply to get your child's passport more quickly.
There are three procedures to apply for a British baby passport:
IMPORTANT: If your child is over 16 (sixteen), or will be in 3 (three) weeks, and has a British child passport, he/she can apply for an adult passport or can use a renewal procedure.
Applying online you need to submit:
Applying by post you need to attach:
You can get a paper form from the Post Office that offers the Passport Check and Send service. You can also call the Passport Adviceline and ask them to post one for you by mail. Online applications can be submitted through gov.uk. The form needs to be signed by someone with parental responsibility and, if your child is between 12 (twelve) and 15 (fifteen), they have to sign it too.
Supporting documents consist of 2 (two) identical photos (or 1(one) digital), the child’s full birth or adoption certificate, any document providing proof of British nationality, any valid passport your child may have and, where applicable, any court orders.
When applying for a first child passport, or a passport for a child under 11 (eleven) years old, online or by mail, the law requires that you find someone to verify your child's identity. This is the so-called countersignatory. If you are submitting a paper application, your countersignatory needs to sign one of the images. For online applications, you must provide HM Passport Office with contact details for the countersignatory. The office will contact him/her by email, so make sure in advance that your countersignatory is happy with this. When applying online, the countersignatory does not need to sign a printed photo.
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