New Zealand Passport Photo

New Zealand Passport Photo

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

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If your photo is rejected by authorities, we will refund you twice the price you paid
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New Zealand Digital Passport Photo - Size & Requirements

New Zealand Passport Photo Online
Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
600 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 65 %
  • Bottom of the Photo to the Eye Line: 55 %
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

New Zealand Passport Photo Guidelines

The first version of the New Zealand Passport was issued in 1915. From that moment on, if you wanted to obtain a New Zealand Passport, you had to meet certain criteria. The most important one of them, is a New Zealand passport photo, without which many applications are rejected. To avoid common mistakes, we prepared this guide to help you with the passport photo.

Requirements for a New Zealand passport photo

Your NZ passport photo must meet a lot of requirements whether it is digital or a paper version. The general guidelines are:

  • It needs to be taken within the last 6 months
  • It should show a full-face view, neck and part of the shoulders or the upper chest
  • Natural facial expression is required
  • The passport photo should have a plain, light-coloured background (not white)
  • Headbands and head coverings are not allowed

Generally, no selfies or digital scans of printed photos are accepted. You can apply for a passport online, and then you will need one digital passport photo, or you can choose the paper form with two identical photos and documentation. The online passport service we provide, will check your photo twice: first by an automated system, and then by our specialized staff.

Size of a New Zealand passport photo

Required New Zealand passport photo resolution is between 900 and 4500 pixels wide and 1200 and 6000 pixels high, and it cannot be less than 250KB or more than 10MB in size. It should be a portrait photo with a 4:3 aspect ratio or 3:4 on a smartphone in JPG or JPEG format for online application and 35 mm x 45 mm in dimension for paper photos.


You must provide a current photo, which means that your photo must be taken within the last 6 months. The passport service must confirm your current appearance, so if you have changed in any way, we recommend taking a new photo.

Photo quality

The photo must be:

  • in color
  • in high resolution
  • good-quality

The photo cannot be:

  • digitally changed
  • damaged in any way
  • blurry
  • pixelated
  • overexposed / underexposed

Background and lighting

When it comes to the New Zealand Passport Photo requirement, the background of the photo should be plain, light-coloured, but not white. It cannot show any objects or other people. The best light for taking a picture is natural, so choose daylight, if it is possible. The light must be evenly diffused, so that it doesn’t cast shadows on your face. Make sure that there are no reflections, which cannot be shown on your face.

Head and face

You must have a natural facial expression, with both eyes opened and closed mouth. The face must be exposed, centered, showing the full-face view, and facing the camera directly. Your hair should be off the eyes and sides of your face.

Glasses and head covering

Wearing glasses in the photo is allowed if:

  • They are not sunglasses, tinted or thick-framed.
  • They don’t cause flash reflection on the lenses.

There must be a gap between the frames and your eyes, they cannot be covered. No head covering, headband, hat, or other items are accepted, and you cannot wear them in the photo unless you have religious or medical reasons. Facial piercings are not allowed if they are hiding your face.

What to wear for a passport photo?

Choose normal clothing – uniforms and camouflage of any kind are not allowed. Be careful, extravagant outfit may cause troubles with your application as well. You should wear clothes you wear on a daily basis, but try to look good in the photo (passport is an international document, which allows you to travel all over the world).

How to take a NZ passport photo at home?

Going to a professional photographer can be sometimes expensive and not worth wasting time. But what can you do, when there are so many photo requirements to fulfil? Fortunately, we thought about a perfect solution! All you have got to do is to take a photo of yourself and upload it on our site. We will take care of the rest.

New Zealand passport photo maker

Our tools will:

  • Replace the existing background with correct one, if needed.
  • Crop your photo to a correct New Zealand Passport Photo Size.
  • Check: facial exposition, position of the head, color of the photo, and other important elements just to verify, that they are acceptable.

Prepare your space and yourself

You can use a digital camera or a smartphone. Stand slightly away from the light-coloured background. Remember to take a picture in balanced, natural lighting, especially in daylight. It is a good idea to ask someone else to take the photo, because the camera should be placed 1.5 m away from the face, at the eye level. Be careful not to cause any shadows on the photo – the face must be evenly lighted.

The most common mistakes in New Zealand passport photos

Be careful not to cause the rejection of your application by making these simple mistakes!
Do not:

  • Submit and old or damaged photo.
  • Upload an underexposed / overexposed photo with shadows.
  • Show a smile or teeth in the photo.
  • Wear clothes that are not allowed.
  • Wear head covering or headband.

Photo requirements are based on:
Last update: 24.09.2021

Frequently Asked Questions

❓ Can I take my own passport photo NZ?

Yes, however, selfies and digital scans of physical photos are not allowed. We recommend asking someone for help, because the best shot is taken from 1.5 m away from the face.

❓ Can you smile in passport photos NZ?

Smiling in the photo will not be accepted. You need to have a neutral facial expression, with your mouth closed.

❓ Can you Photoshop passport photo?

No, your photo cannot be digitally changed in any way. It has to show your proper appearance: the natural skin, hair, and eyes colour. If you will apply online, your photo will be assessed twice.

New Zealand citizens, registered with citizenship. If one of your parents was a New Zealand citizen, and you were born overseas, you can get a New Zealand passport.

The New Zealand passport is valid for 5 years, if you are a child, and 10 years for an adult.

According to the Passport Index, New Zealand passport is one of the most powerful passports in the world. It is in 3rd place (with Denmark and Norway) with a total number of 132 countries open for traveling (Visa-free: 89, Visa on arrival: 43, Visa required: 66).

Yes, New Zealand allows dual citizenship. You can be a citizen of New Zealand and at the same time a citizen of another country. However, you must check the other country's rules, because they may not let it happen.

About the document

New Zealand Passport

Does New Zealand Passport share your personal information, that is on the biodata page, with the world? Yes, and that information includes: name of a holder, nationality, sex, place and date of birth, passport photo, and other information about the document.

Types of New Zealand passports

  • Ordinary – for New Zealand citizens for ordinary travels (holidays, business trips)
  • Diplomatic – for New Zealand diplomats, top ranking government officials and diplomatic couriers
  • Official – for individuals representing The New Zealand government on official business
  • Emergency Travel Document – for urgent travel only
  • Certificate of Identity – for alien residents of New Zealand who are unable to obtain a national passport
  • Refugee Travel Document – for recognized refugees in New Zealand.

New Zealand Passport allows to travel internationally to 132 countries (Visa-free: 89, Visa on arrival: 43, Visa required: 66). It is issued to New Zealand citizens and it is on the 3rd place in the ranking of the most powerful passports in the world. Versions in which it can appear:

  • first version since 1915
  • machine-readable passport since 1992
  • biometric passport since 2005
  • current version since 2009

The Department of Internal Affairs launched a new version of the biometric passport because it needed to ensure that it would remain difficult, to produce counterfeit New Zealand passports. Unlike the previous biometric passport, photos on the biodata page are now laser engraved in black and white for extra security.

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