Taking an acceptable photograph for your U.S. passport requires special attention to camera position and lighting.
Quick-tip - If the photo displays one of these mistakes, take another photo.
- Over or under exposed
- Photo is unclear/blurry/pixelated
- A shadow appears in the photo
- Eyes not visable/open
- Person is not directly facing the camera
- Photo is not centered
- Place camera at eye level and at least 4 feet (1.25 meters) away from the person being photographed.
- The background should be directly behind the person being photographed.
- Ensure the background is white or off-white, well-lit, and free of patterns, objects, textures, etc.