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Digital Passport Photo—All You Need to Know
Since 2016, the number of passport applications submitted entirely online in the UK has been steadily increasing.
HM Passport Office even incentivises online applications by providing a sizeable £10.50 discount versus traditional mailed-in paper applications (£82.50 online vs. £93 mail-in).
To apply online, candidates must have a debit or credit card and one digital passport photo.
But where does one get such a photo, how is it sourced, and can existing pictures be used? Keep reading for all the details.
Your one-stop digital passport photo checker
Have you purchased or snapped a passport photo within the last month?
Maybe you’ve tried to take your own passport photo at home using a popular passport photo application for iOS and are questioning whether it complies with all the requirements mandated by the HM Passport Office.
Here at Passport Photo Online, you can instantly check if any existing digital image will be accepted by British passport agents by uploading it to our service—just be sure the photo is less than a month old.
Additionally, our service can amend your existing photo to meet all official guidelines or instruct you how to take a new one that will pass with flying colours—so give us a go and see why we have over 5,000 5⭐ reviews on Trustpilot.
Pro-tip: Click on the following link for a full breakdown of UK passport photo requirements.
Where to get digital passport photos?
In the UK, you have a variety of options for obtaining your passport photos, from local retailers to national chains such as Timpson, Max Spielmann, and Snappy Snaps.
However, it's important to note that retail outlets require you to physically travel to their location (so be sure to factor in petrol costs) and come with the potential of waiting in long queues.
So, what's the alternative?
Why not take advantage of the convenience of preparing your digital passport photo from the comfort of your own home?
We understand that the internet is flooded with online passport photo services, each claiming to edit and adjust your picture to meet all official requirements. So to help you navigate through these options, we've gathered information on the five most popular passport photo applications in the chart 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 get a digital passport photo?
Once you’ve selected your preferred service, getting your digital passport photo can (usually) be done in 3 steps:
- Snap a photo with your smartphone or upload an existing picture into the application.
- Resize your picture (if needed) and change the background to one that is plain and light-coloured—some applications do this automatically for you.
- Save the image in any popular file format such as JPG, JPEG, or PNG.
Your final image is now ready to use to apply for a UK passport or renew your passport online.
How to prepare yourself?
Distance from the camera
Take the photo from a distance of about 20 inches from your face. Ideally, the photo should be taken by another person.
Face in front of the camera
Place your face in front of the lens and keep a neutral expression on your face. Hold the camera at face height.
Just stand facing a light source such as an exposed window. Don't worry about the background.
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