Passport Photo Regulations in the UK

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In the past, photographs for UK passports could be taken at a number of non-regulated booths. To combat forgery, the UK has placed stricter requirements for photographs that will be accepted with passport applications.


Two identical photographs must be enclosed with the passport application. The photographs must be 45mm high and 35mm wide, and must have been taken within a month prior to submitting the application.


UK passport photographs must be taken in front of a plain background that is cream or light grey in colour. The photographs must be high quality, free of shadows, focused and clear, with an obvious distinction between the face and the background.


Photographs must not be torn or creased. Red eyes are not acceptable in passport photographs. There must not be any writing on the front or back of the photograph.


The photograph must be a close up, with the height of the face measuring between 29 and 34mm. The expression must be neutral and closed-mouthed, meaning no smiling or frowning. They must be taken at an angle to show the person's face from straight ahead, and the eyes must be completely open. Nothing can cover the person's face or mouth, including a fringe that hang over the eyes.

Glasses and Headcoverings

It is recommended that glasses be removed for passport photographs, and tinted lenses or sunglasses are prohibited. Headcoverings are typically not permitted in UK passport photos, unless they are worn for a religious or health purpose.


Passport photographs must be printed professionally on plain white photography stock.

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