US Passport photo requirements
- Neutral facial expression
- One should directly face the camera with full face in view
- Normal clothing. Extravagant outfit or uniforms might cause a photo rejection. Religious clothing, however, is allowed
- Background should be white or off-white in color.
- Glasses, headphones and other items should not be worn
- The passport photo should be taken within the last six months
Passport photos as well as any ID card photographs are so-called biometric photos. This means that they analyse and download people’s individual features and allow for quick and reliable identification. Therefore, usually in photography we should be positioned frontally and look straight ahead. Visibility of the other person is always excluded and the background requirements vary. But in most cases, it should be uniform and in one-color (usually light, but it also happens that e.g. the background must be blue or dark blue). Specification regarding glasses and headgear are also usually the same, i.e. we photograph
Digital passport size photo
The face has to occupy a certain amount of space in the digital passport photo. It is stated that the applicant’s face (from the top of the head, including the hair, to the bottom of the chin) should occupy between 50% and 69% of the image’s height.
Photo Dimensions: The digital photo size is measured in pixels instead of inches/centimeters. The photo’s pixel dimensions have to be in a square aspect ratio (i.e. the height needs to equal the width) The size of the photo has to be between 600×600 pixels and 1200×1200 pixels, meaning that a photo that is having more than 1200px of width/height will be rejected. Same if the photo’s width/height is less than 600px.
Photo Format: The only image format allowed is a JPEG file format. Make sure your image is not a PNG file, since some cameras and photo editors save the pictures in this format by default.
Photo File Size and Compression: Moreover, the passport photo cannot be more than 240kB (kilobytes) – it means that it may need to be compressed in order to meet the maximum file size requirement. The compression ratio should be less than or equal to 20:1.
Photo Color: The passport photo must be in color (24 bits per pixel) in sRGB color space which is the common output for the majority of digital cameras.