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Body-camera distance

The distance between the face and the camera should be about 40 cm. Ideally the photo should be taken by the other person.


Posture: Straight ahead

Place your face in front of the lens. Hold the camera at eye level and keep neutral face expression.



Stand facing the light source, for example an exposed window. The background will be cut out, don't worry about it.

Mexican Passport Photo - Size & Requirements

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More about Mexican Passport Photo - Requirements

Mexican passport photo guidelines

The official name for Mexico is the Mexican United States and it is a country with about 30 UNESCO Heritage Sites, known for being a popular tourist destination and for its range of flavours and spices! The most popular worldwide Mexican dishes are tacos, burritos and enchiladas.

If you need a passport to Mexico, read the specifications below to find out about the passport photo size and specifications regarding adults and children and how to take the right photo for your Mexico passport at home!

Mexican passport photo requirements

Mexican people are obligated to meet the official rules if they want to apply for a Mexican passport. One of the most important things, regarding documents to the passport application, is the photo! You have to know the dimensions and requirements for the Mexican passport photos to take the right one. 

Read this guide to find out more about the official rules, how to take the right photograph for yourself or your child, how to take a photo at your home and how to use the Photo Mobile App

In this guideline, you will also meet the types of Mexican passports, the process of application for the Mexican passport as well as the fees.

Mexican passport photo size

The dimensions of the passport photo for Mexico are 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm wherefrom the chin to the top of the head should be 30-36mm and the face fills between 70 to 80% of the photo area.

Other requirements regarding Mexican passport photos:

  • have to be in colour
  • taken on a white or lightly-coloured background
  • three photos have to be attached to the application
  • taken from the front - the photographed person should be looking directly at the camera (pictures even slightly in profile have been known to be rejected)
  • no hats or head coverings, must be bareheaded unless for medical or religious reasons headwear can be kept but cannot cover face or eyes
  • both ears must be clearly visible
  • no earrings, no necklaces, no glasses; eyes have to be visible unless they have to be kept, then make sure that they not cover your eyes or eyebrows too
  • no smile, frown or showing teeth; facial expression has to be neutral
  • any garment that prevents the full identification of the person have to be taken off
  • must be taken with a maximum of thirty days prior to submitting the application
  • the picture should be submitted in 4 copies (3 is the official quantity required, the authorities are known to often ask for an additional one while the application is being processed and submitting an extra one will save time).

Mexican passport photo specifications for minors

Applying for a passport for a child under 16 requires the same documents as an adult application – such as form DS 11 and passport photos – but along with proof of citizenship, you will need to prove your legal relationship to the child. Most parents can prove citizenship and relationship with a U.S. birth certificate. The department also accepts adoption papers, court orders or naturalization certificates. 

However, focusing on the passport pictures here are some guidelines on how to take the right passport photo for young children and babies:

  • No objects in the photo - children must be on their own in the picture and can’t hold any toys or using dummies
  • It is desirable that your child will look straight into the camera (their eyes must be open and visible) with a straight head no titled or turned
  • There should be no object on your baby’s face or background so try to be sure that there are no shadows coming out from the window or that no-one's hands (if someone hold the baby) not appear in the frame
  • The mouth of the child should be closed 
  • Minors cannot wear any hats or headbands 
  • The photo quality is important too - must be clear, not grainy or blurry

How to take a Mexican passport photo at home?

If you decide to take Mexican passport photos at home, you should use help from our photo tool which will make the process so much easier. Especially when you apply for yourself and your child too!

We recommend using our photo booth app or website available on the Passport Photo Online site. It will perfectly edit any photo to the document you want! Besides that, it measures the size to fit in with official government requirements and even works like a background remover to make it uniform and of the right colour.

Take a photo by your phone, upload it to our passport photo editor and the rest leave it to us! Do not hesitate, try it now and enjoy your perfect passport photo taken without leaving your home!

Mexican Passport Photo Mobile App

While you meet the above rules and you know what the requirements for Mexican passport photo are for you and your child, you might want to use our Passport Photo Online service or photo mobile app.

You can find the photo editor in the AppStore on iOS or in the GooglePlay for Android devices. Using it is very simple and it will work fantastically on an iPhone or any other smartphones you choose! This service offers perfectly cropping, editing and verification of your Mexican passport photo.

First of all, choose a passport as your document which you want a picture for. It automatically resizes your photo to the official requirements of Mexico. Then, the app editor plays around with your background working like a background remover changing the colour to the right on and removes any shadows in the background. Then, verifying if the Mexican passport photo meets the standards of the chosen document. At the end you just receive a temple via email or you can choose to have it delivered to you.

Try it now and save time and money as the process takes less than a minute and the app is free of charge!

Last update: 6/7/23

About the document

Mexican passport is issued to Mexican citizens for the purpose of travelling abroad. The Mexican passport is also an official ID and proof of Mexican citizenship. 

Mexican passport is dark green, with the Mexican Coat of Arms in the center of the front cover and the official name of the country ‘Estados Unidos Mexicanos’ (United Mexican States) around the coat of arms. 

There are three types of Mexican passport:

  • Ordinary Passport - Issued for ordinary travel, such as holidays and business trips.
  • Diplomatic Passport - Issued to Mexican diplomats, top-ranking government officials, diplomatic couriers, and family of the previous on the list, another type of identification Cédula diplomática Mexicana is issued for travel when not in official duties, it may be accompanied by an ordinary passport.
  • Official Passport - Issued to individuals representing the Mexican government on official business.

Who can apply for a Mexican passport?

All Mexican citizens, adults and children, have to apply for a Mexican passport as a mandatory document that allows a citizen of Mexico to travel and prove its identity. 

If you were born in the United States to a Mexican father or mother, you are also eligible to apply for Mexican citizenship. 

Mexican passport application requirements 

While applying as an adult to proof of Mexican Nationality, you have to submit through a passport application:

  • Certified copy of the birth certificate
  • Nationality Certificate 
  • Mexican Citizenship card 
  • Mexican Naturalization Letter 
  • Consular Registration Certificate 

As an adult to prove of identity you have to present any of the following documents:

  • Professional Identification
  • Professional Degree 
  • Valid voters identification 
  • Nationality Certificate 
  • National Military Service Card 
  • Consular Registration Certificate 
  • Intern letter issued by the DGP-Ministry of Education of Mexico 
  • Mexican Naturalization Letter 
  • INAPAM Identification

For minors (under 18 years old) there are required additional documents like both parents identification (valid passport preferably). Parents must accompany the minor. 

Authorities verify the name of the applicant with submitted documents and you are ordered to pay a passport fee (described below).

Mexican passport fees

Mexican Passport for 3 years costs BZ $149.30, for 6 years BZ $203.77 and for 10 years BZ $274.38.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

What does a Mexican passport look like?

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The passport for Mexico citizens is dark green, with the Mexican Coat of Arms in the center of the front cover and the official name of the country 'Estados Unidos Mexicanos' which means United Mexican States around the coat of arms. The word 'Pasaporte' is inscribed below the coat of arms, and 'Mexico' above.

How many countries you can visit with a Mexican passport?

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A passport from Mexico allows its holders to travel to 158 countries/territories without a prior visa (visa-free jounrey).

Can you take a passport photo on your phone?

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Taking photos to documents by yourself is allowed but you have to take into account the photo requirements for your country. While taking by your phone, make sure that the photo is sharp and in focus, the background is light-coloured and nothing covers the face of photographed person.
According to the Henley Visa Restrictions Index holders of a Mexican passport can visit 158 (of 191 as the maximum) countries without a visa, placing Mexico in the 26th rank in terms of global travel freedom.
If you were born in the United States to a Mexican father or mother, you are eligible to apply for Mexican citizenship. While applying to the rest of required documents you have to attach a birth certificate and the birth certificate of your Mexican parent.
The dimensions of the passport photo for Mexico are 45 mm x 35 mm and from the chin to the top of the head should be 30-36mm. The face fills between 70 to 80% of the photo area.
There are available lists of the best photo editor apps like Passport ID Photo Maker Studio, Passport Size Photo Maker,Passport-Photo, ID Photo Free, Passport Photo ID, Passport Photo - ID Photo and more.
It is recommendable to use the photo tool apps which edit, resize and works like background removers to make the photograph perfect and right for your Mexican passport.You cannot edit passport photos by yourself. Use professional services instead.
You have to collect required documents to apply for a Mexican passport, like Certified copy of the birth certificate, Nationality Certificate , Mexican Citizenship card , Mexican Naturalization Letter , Consular Registration Certificate, Professional Identification, Professional Degree, Valid voters identification, National Military Service Card, Consular Registration Certificate, etc.
For most nationalities smiling for the identity documents is not permitted. Desirable is the neutral facial expression so no smiling, frowning, raising eyebrows, etc.