German Passport Photo

German Passport Photo

Get your perfect biometric photo (compliance guaranteed)

What do you get?

You save time and money - take a biometric 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.
Guarantee of acceptance
If your photo is rejected by authorities, we will refund you twice the price you paid
Satisfaction guarantee
Take as many photo shots as you want - you pay only when you are satisfied

What do our users write about us?

The reviews come from our customer satisfaction surveys.

Cali Rae

My first pictures weren’t high enough quality, I received an email right away asking for new pictures, and within minutes received an answer with passport picture attached that would work. Highly recommend! Thank you!

Ann Y.

Excellent service. Very good software that enhanced our photos. They also did a manual check and had me redo one of the pictures for free. I have only used online passport photos for more than 10 years. This is by far the best.

Andrea Wilson

A really easy format to get passport pictures. Very fast response to my questions via email.

National Geographic

German Passport Photo Requirements

Get the Perfect Photo for your German Passport
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 take 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

Biometric Photo for German Passport

When you live abroad and need to renew your German passport you’ll have to submit a biometric passport photo. Of course you must also file an application and hand in some crucial documents in order to complete the renewal. Well will guide you through the process and most importantly inform you about the official requirements a photo for a German passport has to meet in order to be accepted. If you want to save time and money, feel free to use our passport photo generator. It will help you take perfect photos at home so you’re definitely happy with the final result.

Size and Format for German Passport Photos

In order for your passport photo to be accepted it needs to fulfill the basic requirements in size and format. This means the photo needs to be 35 mm wide and 45 mm high (corresponds to 1.38 x 1.77 inch). It should have a minimal resolution of 300 dpi, however, if possible, try to aim for 600 dpi. In general, when applying for a German passport, the embassy will need original photos so make sure that the photo prints are of good quality and in perfect condition. They should be free of any creases, spots or other damages.

In some cases you might also need a digital photo, so make sure that you have it ready in JPEG format. Our software automatically converts every picture into JPEG so there is one thing less to worry about.

Rules for the Background

The background for the German passport photo needs to be in a light color (best choice: white or grey). Make sure that there are no shadows or spots visible and it needs to be clear of any objects or other persons. If you decide to take your photos in the comfort of your own home, it can be quite difficult to find a wall that is appropriate and meets all these demands. In this case, the background remover of our software comes in handy. It erases the background of your picture (no matter which background) and replaces it with a plain, unicolored one.

The Best Lightning for your Passport Photo

Make sure that your face is evenly lit in the photo and that there are no shadows. It’s also very important that the shot is not too dark or too bright. Your face and important facial features need to be clearly visible. In order to obtain the best lighting, we recommend you take the picture during the day and face a window. As selfies are not allowed it’s always best to ask a friend or a family member to take the photo. If you happen to be alone, you can also use a tripod and set the camera on eye-height.

Head position, Eyes and Face

For your passport photo you want to keep your head straight and look directly into the camera. Don’t tilt your head and make sure it’s upright. As you do so, keep both your eyes open and your mouth closed. It’s very important that your iris is clearly visible and nothing (e.g. hair) covers your eyes. Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to smile in the photo. You need to maintain a neutral / serious facial expression.

Can you wear your glasses in the photo?

As mentioned above, it’s vital that your eyes and iris are visible in the passport photo. You can wear your glasses if their frame doesn’t cover them or any other facial feature of yours. Sunglasses or glasses with tinted lenses, however, are not allowed in official passport photos.

Passport Photo Rules for Head Coverings

Head coverings (e.g. hats, scarfes, caps) of any kind aren’t allowed in photos for the German passport and need to be taken off. Religious coverings are accepted if your whole face, from the chin to the top of your forehead remains visible and is not obscured. For this reason, wearing hijabs or niqabs isn’t permitted.

Clothes and Jewelry

In general, you can wear whatever you feel comfortable in for your German passport photo. Be aware, however, that you can’t wear uniforms or military clothings. We recommend you choose a plain shirt which covers your shoulders so you don’t appear naked and make sure that it doesn’t have the same color as the background. You don’t want to melt into it!

When it comes to jewelry, pay attention to its size. It shouldn’t obscure any facial features or cause reflections. If you want to wear some, try subtle pieces that don’t draw too much attention and don’t cover important parts of your face.

Passport Photo Tool

Our software is based on AI and can automatically detect if the picture taken by you meets all the requirements for a chosen document. With Passport Photo Online you’ll never have to make an appointment with a professional photographer or use a photo booth again!

It will save you time, money and stress. All you need to do is choose the document you need a passport photo for, upload it and wait for our software to do the rest. It’s that simple. We’ll show you how it works.

The perfect German Passport Photo with Passport Photo Online

There are just a few steps you need to take before you can complete your application for a new German passport. You can either use the editor here on our website or - if you prefer creating passport photos with your iPhone - download the free app in the AppStore. Don’t worry, the app is also available for taking passport photos with Android.

In order to obtain a valid photo for your passport you need to perform the following, easy steps:

  1. Choose the document you're applying for.
  2. Take a picture with your mobile phone, a tablet or a digital camera and upload it to the website/app. You can also select an already existing photo that you like and that meets the requirements.
  3. Our software will crop the image, remove the background and verify it. This only takes a few seconds.
  4. After you confirm that you’re happy with the selected photo our human experts will again check and verify the passport photo.

That’s it! All our photos come with an acceptance guarantee. This means that once your passport photo has been verified by our experts you can be sure that it will be accepted by authorities. In case it gets rejected, we will refund you 200 % of the original price. So you’re definitely on the safe side here!

After the verification process has been completed, we will send you your digital photo via email. That template is ready for any digital application. And if you need printed photos (as is usually the case when applying for a German passport abroad) you can take the digital template to any printing service near you. Walgreens, for example, offers passport photo printouts.

Pros of Using our Passport Photo Tool

When using Passport Photo Online you don’t have to worry about your schedule matching the one of your photographer any longer. You can simply take your passport photos whenever and wherever you like. But this isn’t the only advantage you can gain from using our services.

  • It saves money: Getting professional passport photos taken can be quite expensive and often you have to take more than you actually need. With PhotoAid you only pay once for your digital template and can reuse it as many times as you want.
  • You can take as many photos as you like: The times of not liking your passport photos are officially over. With PhotoAid you can try as many times as you want and keep on taking photos until you get the one you’re 100 % happy with.
  • Acceptance guarantee: All passport photos that are created with our software are verified by our experts. Therefore we can confidently provide you with an acceptance guarantee. If, however, your passport photo should be denied for any reason, just let us know and we will refund you double the amount you paid for it.

Last update: 8/15/22

Frequently Asked Questions

❓ How do I renew a German passport abroad?

In order to renew your German passport abroad you need to make an appointment at the responsible Embassy or Consulate. For the renewal process to be successful you have to provide several important documents and two biometrical passport photos.

❓ How much does a German passport costs abroad?

The prices for a German passport vary depending on your age and on how many pages the passport consists of. The fees are the following: regular passport (over 24) 81 Euros, regular passport (under 24) 58.50 Euros, child’s passport 26 Euros and a passport with 48 pages costs an additional 22 Euros.

❓ How long do I have to wait for my German passport abroad?

As all German passports are printed at the Federal Printing Office in Berlin, you’ll have to wait 4 to 6 weeks for your new passport to arrive.

Yes, you can absolutely renew your German passport abroad and don’t have to travel to Germany to do so. All you need to do is book an appointment at the Embassy or Consulate that is responsible for you and submit a number of documents.

The official standard size for passport photos in Germany is 35x45 mm (1.38 x 1.77 inch).

No, you’re not allowed to smile in your passport photo. You have to maintain a neutral / serious facial expression.

Yes, you can wear your glasses in your German passport photo. Just make sure that their frame does not cover any facial features or your eyes. Sunglasses and glasses with tinted lenses are not permitted, however.

Yes, you can definitely take your passport photos at home. Our software and passport photo tool will help you with that. All you need to do is upload a picture of you and we’ll adjust its size and format so it will meet all official requirements.

About the document

As a German citizen living abroad you’ll sooner or later need to renew your passport. A passport, no matter where you’re from, is an important document that allows you to cross borders and enter countries for leisure, work or other purposes. So it’s needless to say that you should always make sure that your passport is valid - especially if you’re a citizen not living in your home country.

General Information about German Passports

Germany is a member of the EU, which means that the passport cover is red and bears an inscription that indicates its belonging to the European Union.
A German passport is valid for 10 years if the holder is older than 24. If he or she is younger, it expires after 6 years. Once a German passport expires, it can’t be renewed. In these cases an application for a new passport needs to be submitted. So always make sure you renew your passport during its validity period.

Where to Apply and Passport Fees

When applying for a German passport abroad you need to book an appointment with the responsible Consulate General or Embassy. You need to appear in person and can’t complete the application solely online. This is necessary as the relevant authorities need to check your identity and take fingerprints during the appointment. These will be saved for a short period of time and deleted afterwards. So for every renewal you need to provide new fingerprints.
The fee for your new German passport needs to be paid when submitting your application. You can pay in Euros (only via credit card) or US-Dollars (cash or credit card). If you use a card for your payment the fee will be charged in Euros.

Passport Type

Fee (in Euros)

Passport with 32 pages (applicant older than 24)


Passport with 32 pages (applicant younger than 24)


Passport with 48 pages


Child’s Passport


All passports are being printed at the Federal Printing Office in Berlin so please allow 4 to 6 weeks of processing time.

Passport Renewal: Documents Needed for a German Passport

As mentioned above you need to appear in person for an appointment at the Embassy/Consulate that is responsible for you. In order for your application to be complete, you need to hand in the following documents:

  • Application form (you will find this on the website of the consulate you’ll send your application to),
  • two biometrical, recent passport photos (our software can help you with that),
  • your birth certificate (the exact town needs to be stated, the country alone is not sufficient),
  • your previous passport (original + photo of the data page),
  • US-driver's license or an utility bill in your name (original + photo),
  • if you're married, divorced or widowed, a marriage certificate is required.

Non-US citizens also need to provide a valid residence permit (the original and a photo of it). Also, if you have changed your last name and it doesn’t match the one in your old passport, a name declaration might be necessary.

There may be more documents required so you should always check the website of the Embassy/Consulate that is responsible for you.

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