Starting November 1, 2016, eye glasses will
no longer be allowed in visa photos.
Make sure the photo presents the full head from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin
Center the head with the frame
The person in the photo should have a neutral expression and be facing the camera
Paper Photo Head Size Template
Photo must be 2 inches by 2 inches
The height of the head (top of hair to bottom of chin) should measure 1 inch to 1 3/8 inches (25 mm - 35 mm)
Make sure the eye height is between 1 1/8 inches to 1 3/8 inches (28 mm – 35 mm) from the bottom of the photo
Digital Image Head Size Template
The top of the head, including the hair, to the bottom of the chin must be between 50% and 69% of the image's total height. The eye height (measured from the bottom of the image to the level of the eyes) should be between 56% and 69% of the image's height.
Image pixel dimensions must be in a square aspect ratio (meaning the height must be equal to the width). Minimum acceptable dimensions are 600 pixels (width) x 600 pixels (height). Maximum acceptable dimensions are 1200 pixels (width) x 1200 pixels (height).
Use our Photo Tool to crop your photo so it's the right size. Compare your photo with examples of good photos.
Note: this tool is intended for cropping your photo only when you are applying in person or by mail. After you apply, a U.S. Department of State employee will review your photo and decide if we can accept your photo. If you are renewing your passport online, see Uploading a Digital Passport Photo.
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