How to attach a photo to a passport application

Written by leonardo r. grabkowski
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The U.S. Department of State is as strict about the passport photo attachment method as it is about the photo quality and size requirements. The recommended method for attaching a passport photo is by using staples; however, this only applies to one of the passport photos. The other should not be attached to the application under any circumstance.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Stapler
  • Large envelope

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  1. 1

    Review your photos before attaching them to the passport application. The U.S. Department of State is strict on passport photo requirements. Make sure the photos measure exactly 2-by-2 inches, are identical and display an unobstructed view of your face.

  2. 2

    Attach 1 photo to the photo square on your passport application. Place it upright, lining up the 4 corners of the photo with the box. Staple the edges of the photo vertically, on all four corners.

  3. 3

    Place your application in a large, sturdy envelope; do not allow the application to bend. Slip the second passport photograph in the envelope. Do not attach the second photo to the application.

  4. 4

    Mail your completed application packet, or bring it to the nearest passport service centre for processing.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have any questions or concerns about your passport application, call the National Passport Information Center at (877) 487-2778.
  • If your photos do not meet the requirements, do not send them in. This will delay your application or cause it be rejected. Visit a professional photographer or an experienced passport photo centre to have new photos made.

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