Photo for the Irish Passport

Photo for the Irish Passport

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I ordered passport photos on the Photo Aid app and I have been very pleased and satisfied with both the photos and customer service. Because I did not receive the photos within the time frame of 3-4 business days, I contacted the customer service hotline via email. They responded promptly within an hour. I was reassured that my order would arrive very soon; otherwise, I should reach out to them again. My order did indeed come the following day. You will not be disappointed with both the quality of your photos or customer service.


Wonderful service, especially necessary during the time of COVID. My local drugstore does not provide this service because of health concerns. Out of desperation turned to this app. Super easy. Great feedback to ensure photo will be passport acceptable. Thanks! Relieved to have sent my passport application and photo from the ease of my home. Highly recommend.


Great app and great service! It was easy from beginning to end. I was not the best photographer but they emailed me back asking for a new photo with a list of reasons and suggestions as to why the original photo would not work. They allowed me to send in a new photo for approval via email. They then approved that one as per what the regulations are for the passport photo. I also upgraded to the printed version to be mailed to my home as well. I received two perfectly cropped photos in the mail just as promised. We will be back for more in the near future.

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Irish Passport Photo - Size & Requirements

Irish Passport Photo
Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
300 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 34.5 mm
  • Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 3 mm
Is it suitable for online submission?
Is it printable?
Background Color

How to make a photo?

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

Guidelines for Irish passport photos

When you are applying for your Irish passport, Irish passport card, or an Irish passport book online, you must submit a digital passport photo. This is the most important Irish passport requirement, and pay attention to it, because it will increase your chances to get this document. To submit a correct application, you must meet some strict photo requirements, of which you will learn from this article.

Irish passport photo requirements

What size are passport photos? Irish passport photos online cannot be larger than 9MB and smaller than 715 pixels in width and 951 pixels in height. If you apply with printed photos, they must be a minimum 35 x 45 mm, and maximum 38 x 50 mm in size. Technical specifications – digital passport photo in Ireland The photo must be in a JPEG format (if applying online) and it cannot be a scanned photo. It should show a close up of your face and the top of your shoulders so that your face takes up between 70% and 80% of the frame. General photo requirements

  • It cannot be a selfie, so you will need someone to help you with the photo
  • It cannot be taken with the zoom function on a smartphone
  • It must be in color
  • It must be taken in the last 6 months before applying
  • If applying on a paper form, you must submit 4 identical photos (2 of them must be signed at the back)

The quality of a passport photo Bad quality photos that do not meet specific Passport service requirements, are the main reason why passport applications get rejected. Remember, that the online passport photo must be in color, in focus, clear, and not digitally changed. Do not make it blurry or damaged in any way – a high-quality digital photo is required. Background and shadows Background of the photo must be white or off-white (light grey, light blue). No other objects or people are allowed in the photo. Try to take a well-contrasted photo with balanced lighting and color. Avoiding shadows is a very important thing – they cannot be on your face, neck, or in the background. Irish passport photo must show the natural color of your skin, hair and (if possible) eyes. How to make a digital passport photo from the good distance? The best way to do it yourself, is to use a digital camera, smartphone, or iPhone and ask someone for help with taking a picture of you. We recommend taking a photo from 1.5 m. away from the face. It should show your face, neck, and upper shoulders (from the top of your head to the mid-torso). There should be a space between your head and the edge of the photo. Facial expression What is required:

  • Neutral facial expression
  • Closed mouth
  • Opened and visible eyes, without the ‘red eye’ effect
  • Facing front (both ears visible)
  • Looking directly into the camera

Do not:

  • Let the hair cover your face
  • Smile and show teeth
  • Wear piercing that covers your face

Head and clothing The head should take up between 70% and 80% of the frame. Wearing head covering, hats, or head bangs is not allowed (unless you have medical or religious reasons for that). Headphones and glasses are not accepted (if they cover your eyes), neither are tinted and colored lenses. Clothing must be casual and not very colorful; you cannot wear any kind of uniform or camouflage.

How to take a Irish passport photo at home?

If you ask: 'where to get passport photos?', our answer is: 'at home with a help of our Passport Photo App!' To create a passport photo, you can follow our instructions.


Use some kind of digital camera, smartphone, or iPhone. Prepare yourself, do not let the hair cover your face, take off headphones, hat, or facial piercing. Choose a good background and good lighting, especially daylight, because natural light will show your natural skin tone.


Ask someone for help with taking a picture of you. Place the camera 1.5 m away from you, and take as many shots as you like – just to choose the best one. Remember to avoid shadows, and any face grimaces.

Submitting your Irish passport photo

Use our passport photo tool, which will help you prepare the perfect Ireland photo. Our digital passport photo editor will create professional passport photos in less than 3 minutes! After taking an accurate photo, just upload it on our site – we will take care of the rest!

  • Passport photo maker will remove existing background from the photo and replace it with the correct one, if necessary. This tool sets the white background in a professional way, so you don’t have to worry about it anymore.
  • Our editor will also crop your photo to a proper size and prepare the frame – basically resize your photos for you, so you are able to use them in the future.
  • Photo checker also verifies facial exposition, presence of the glasses, head coverings and facial piercings. It checks the color, lightning and quality of the photo.

In case of any mistake, you can take another shot and try again. After uploading it online, you will enjoy the perfectly prepared Irish passport photo waiting for you on your e-mail. Learn with us how to avoid the most common mistakes.

Irish passport photo at home – most common mistakes

Do not worry about being rejected with your application, as you can see, we will help you as much as we can. It is an easy way to avoid basic mistakes. Let’s see them:

  • Not white or off-white, totally plain background
  • Too old photo
  • Headphones, head coverings or other objects in the photo
  • Shadows and bad lighting of the photo

Remember about the right photo size – minimum 35 x 45 mm, and maximum 38 x 50 mm. The photo cannot be too old (not taken in the last 6 months), damaged or be taken as a selfie. With all that knowledge you will easily avoid these common mistakes and you will be fully prepared for taking a homemade photo on your own.

About the document

An Irish passport is a very important document issued to nationals of Ireland, who has to travel abroad. Irish citizens are welcome to apply for their Irish passport, using the Irish government e-services.An Irish passport allows the holder travelling internationally and serves as evidence of EU citizenship and a proof of Irish nationality .

Save time and money by preparing a professional Irish passport photo online! Our editor will enhance, crop and edit the background automatically - all for your photo to be accepted by any governmental office!

Guide about the Irish Passport

The Irish Passport is an important document issued to citizens of Ireland, which is also an indication of Irish and of the European Union citizenship. It gives you the right to travel internationally. The Irish Passport facilitates the process of securing assistance from Irish consular officials abroad. The validity of the Irish passport is:

  • 10 years for adults
  • 5 years for children

According to the Passport Index, Ireland’s passport is one of the most powerful passports in the world – it is in 4th place (with Netherlands, France, Portugal, Austria, Luxembourg, Italy, Greece, Switzerland and United Kingdom) with a total number of 132 countries open for traveling (Visa-free: 94, Visa on arrival: 38, Visa required: 66). The biodata page includes a passport photo of a holder, surname, forename, nationality, date and place of birth, sex, signature and others. The texts on the cover are in Irish and English – Ireland’s official languages. The information page is printed in Irish, English and French. The first version of the Irish Passport was issued in 1924 by the Irish government. The current version was produced since 2013, but in 2015 the Irish government introduced the Passport Card. It allows Irish citizens to travel to any European Economic Area country and Switzerland (if they already possess a passport). Passport card is a similar document to an EEA national identity card.

Passport Card

It was introduced on 5 October 2015 and it can be used for air travel and throughout all EU and EFTA states, United Kingdom, European microstates, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Cyprus, Montserrat and French overseas territories. Passport Card’s purpose is to prove the identity and nationality of the Irish citizens. It is valid for 5 years or until the expiry date of a passport booklet.

You can apply for your Irish passport online if you are living in :

  • 1.Great Britain,
  • 2. Liechtenstein,
  • 3. Ireland,
  • 4.European Union,
  • 5.Iceland,
  • 6.Switzerland,
  • 7.Norway,
  • 8. Northern Ireland

To track your Irish passport online you will need an 11 digit Irish passport application number. You will receive your Irish passport in 6-8 weeks, please note there are some international restrictions due to Covid19, and if there are no An Post International services available, you will receive your Irish passport in the nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate. If you have submitted a paper Ireland passport application, then you do not have to apply online.

What to do if the Irish passport is lost, stolen or damaged?

When your Irish passport is damaged while you are overseas, you will still require a document to return home, please contact the nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate.

If your passport is lost or stolen you will need to:

  • 1.Inform Police immediately to prevent any possible identity fraud.,
  • 2.Contact Passport Service.

Please note that losing your Irish passport more than two times may restrict the validity of your new passport (meaning that new passport will be valid for less than 10 years) in addition the application process may take longer than usual.

If your Irish passport is lost or stolen you can apply for a new passport using online service. Your lost/stolen passport will be cancelled automatically.

To renew your Irish passport you will need:

  • 1.E-mail address,
  • 2.Credit/Debit card,,
  • 3.Digital photo,

You may also need access to a printer. During the online application process you will be notified if you require any other additional documents.

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