French Passport Photo

French Passport Photo

Prepare a perfect passport photo with guaranteed acceptance!

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

Digital photo within a few seconds or printouts shipping to your home
Professional service
Over 1,000,000 people have used our services within 7 years.
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If your photo is rejected by authorities, we will refund you twice the price you paid
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Created downloadable French passport photos and promptly sent copies of those passport photos via mail as promised. Good service and generally responsive other than occasionally delayed responses to communications. Would use again.


Passport photo online helped me get a French passport-ready photo without risking a trip to a photo studio during COVID! I am especially impressed by their fast turn-around-time (within 1 business day), given that I stupidly wore earbuds in the picture that I initially uploaded.


Got a digital French passport photo for under $5. A genuine person reviews your picture. It took me a couple tries to take an acceptable photo. They let me know through email the original I took wouldn't work. They are responsive and fast. 5 stars.

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France Passport Photo - Size & Requirements

French Passport Photo Requirements
Width: 35 mm
Height: 45 mm
600 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

French passport photo requirements

There should not be any problems with getting the appropriate photo, because the same format is commonly used in many official French documents. It is required that the photo size for a French passport is 35 mm in width and 45 mm in height and must show the full head from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin. The head should cover 70-80% of the photo and be between 32 mm and 36 mm in size.


Remember that the photo must be recent and taken within 6 months. You should look similar to your photo on the day of filing the application. Providing a valid photo is one of the most important requirements.


The background of the photo should be plain and in a light color. We recommend light grey or light blue, but not white – this color is not allowed.


The photo must be in color and

  • It must be in high-quality resolution, not pixelated.
  • It needs to be well contrasted – showing the natural colors of the skin, hair and eyes.
  • It should not be overexposed or underexposed.
  • It can’t be blurry, too light, or too dark.
  • Scanned photo has to be free of scratches.

Shadows and lighting

Shadows in the background or on your face and neck are not allowed, so try to take a photo in a well-lit area during daylight.

Facial expression

The photo should show a full-face frontal view, with open eyes and closed mouth. The head should be facing the camera directly, positioned straight in the picture. Smiling is not allowed – you need to show a neutral facial expression.


You cannot wear sunglasses, but everyday prescription glasses are allowed. They cannot have tinted or colored lenses. Be careful not to use glasses with frames that are too thick, because they may cover your eyes. While taking a picture, don't let the light reflect on the lenses.

Head covering

You cannot wear:

  • a hat
  • a cap
  • a scarf
  • headphones
  • facial piercings that obscure your face
  • any other item covering your forehead or eyes

French passport photo - common mistakes 

Remember that the passport photo cannot be a selfie, so if you decide to take the photo at home, just ask someone for help. Going to a professional photographer might be expensive and not worth wasting time, so let us help you with a photo taken in your home. .

You cannot submit an old or damaged photo, nor one that has a white background. Don't leave your photo underexposed or overexposed, pixelated or blurry. Remember the right size of the photo - it’s supposed to be 35 x 45 mm. It’s important to prepare yourself: don't wear any items that cover your head or face, remember about closing your mouth, opening your eyes and having a neutral facial expression. It would be a mistake to provide a photo not taken within the last 6 months.

If you did everything correctly and remembered about avoiding the most common mistakes, then you just need to upload the photo on our website. First, artificial intelligence will carefully check your photo, and then our tools will take care of any imperfections:

Removing the existing background from the photo and replacing it with the correct one, if necessary. Our tool sets the light background professionally, so you can trust our AI checker.

Resizing your photo by preparing a frame which you’ll then be able to use as a guide when cutting your printout. You can print it again in the future for other use.

Verifying facial exposition - your head’s position , the color, lighting, and other elements and letting you know if you need to take another shot.

How to take a French passport photo at home?

  • choose the right location with natural, bright light
  • prepare the correct and permissible background that’s light, but not white
  • ask someone to take a picture of you from about 1.2 m away
  • while shooting, remember about open eyes, closed mouth, natural facial expression
  • take as many shots as you would like, choose the image that you like most, and let us do the rest of the work!

Frequently Asked Questions

❓ What is the size of the French passport photo?

The photo size for a French passport is 35 x 45 mm (13,7 x 17,7 inches).

❓ How much early can I take my French passport photo?

The photo you take has to be recent and must be taken within the last 6 months.

❓ What kind of background is required for the French passport photo?

The background for the French passport photo has to be in a light color and must be plain. White color is not allowed, we recommended you to choose light blue or light grey. No patterns nor shadows should be visible in the background.

No, it can't. The official requirements only accept passport photos in color.

Yes, you can. Make sure it is free of scratches, in high-quality resolution and not pixelated.

No, you can't. Remember to show a neutral facial expression and look directly into the camera. Your eyes should stay open and you can't show your teeth.

You can't wear sunglasses but you can wear prescription glasses. The only condition is that they cannot have tinted and colored lenses. Your glasses should not cover your eyes, make sure they do not have a thick frame.

No, you can't. Wearing a hat, a cap, a scarf, headphones or any type of head covering is not allowed. You can't wear a head covering not even for religious reasons.

No, you can't. It would be better to ask someone for help.

Here are some of the most important steps to get a perfect French passport photo: choose the right location (better with natural light), choose a light background, ask someone to take your photo from about 1.2 m (47,2 inches), remember to have a neutral facial expression.

You can easily take your photo from home or anywhere you are with our app Passport Photo Online. Take as many shots as you want and upload the one you like the most. Our application will edit your photo according to the official requirements.

If you are a French foreign resident or a French citizen you can apply to get a French Passport.

Your French passport allows unrestricted access to 186 countries around the world.

You will need an ID card, a passport photo respecting the official requirements, your biometric data, your online per-application number, your address certificate, and the fee payment.

About the document

French passport

The French passport is a crucial identity document, which gives French citizens the right to travel internationally. It is also an indication of French citizenship, which facilitates the process of securing assistance from French consular officials abroad. However, according to French law, having a French passport is not a proof of French citizenship – it only establishes the presumption of citizenship. Along with the national identity card, a passport allows unrestricted residence in any of the European Union and European Economic Area countries, United Kingdom, and Switzerland.

How to obtain a French passport?

If you are a French foreign resident or a citizen of France, you can apply to get a French passport. It will allow you to travel around the world and enter many countries without a visa. You don't have to surrender your existing foreign passport. You can own two passports, because France allows dual citizenship. Having a French passport is not a proof of French citizenship, however, it gives you many benefits and possibilities in terms of unrestricted access to 186 countries around the world.

To obtain a French passport you will need to file a French passport application with all the required documentation. Passport applications are sometimes rejected, and to avoid that situation we want to help you with the most common mistakes, especially with preparing the perfect French passport photo.

Types of French passports

Depending on validity:

  • passports valid for 5 years for applicants under the age of 18
  • passports valid for 10 years for applicants aged 18 and more

Depending on the version:

  • optical passports with no sign under the word "Passeport" on the front page
  • biometric passports with the word “Passeport” underlined and decorated
  • electronic passports with an embedded chip and the chip logo under the word "Passeport"

What information does the French passport include?

  • about the document: type, code, number, date of issue, date of expiry, issuing authority
  • about the citizen: name of the holder, nationality, date and place of birth, sex, signature, height, eye color and passport photo

If you want to get French citizenship, you must have lived in France for 5 continuous years and be able to prove that you have integrated into French society, especially through knowledge of the French language, culture, and citizenship responsibilities. If you are married to a French citizen, or you are the child of a French citizen, then the residency period is shorter. The French passport is the 5th in the world in terms of travel freedom, and allows French citizens to access 186 countries and territories (visa-free or with a visa).

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