How to Get Passport-Sized Photos

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To get a passport, one of the items you need is a photo of yourself. The photo should be clear, with a plain background, preferably white. There should be no glare on the photo or any distortion. The size of the photo varies between countries. Depending on the country you are trying to obtain a passport, you need to find out the precise size you need to bring.

Printing at Home

Find out the size of the photo you need. For the United States, for example, the photo needs to be 2 by 2 inches.

Size the photo at 1,060 pixels by 1,060 pixels or 530 dots per inch (DPI) on your computer.

Print the photo using photo paper on your printer.

Taking the Photo to a Store

Take your photo --- a hard copy or on a memory card --- to a store. Stores like CVS and Walgreens have photo departments and specialize in passport photos.

Go to the photo kiosk and insert the memory card into the kiosk. If you have a hard copy of the photo, use the scanner and scan the photo.

Follow the instructions on the screen for the passport photo and print it.

If the kiosk is not working, there should be a store employee who can process your request and print your photos.

Post Office

Go to the post office if you do not have access to a camera or are not able to print the photo.

Go to the area of the post office where passports are accepted.

Tell the post office worker that you need your passport photo taken. That person takes it and provides the photo.


  • When sizing the photos, make sure you crop the photo so you have the head down to the shoulders only. If you take any more of the body, the photos will be too small in the 2 by 2 inch size.



About the Author

Mal Van Valkenburg has been a journalist since 1986 and is working in Nevada. He was the sports editor of the "Niagara Gazette" in Niagara Falls, N.Y. During this time, he covered such events as the Super Bowl, World Series, NCAA basketball, Buffalo Bills and the NHL. Valkenburg holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications at the University of South Florida.

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