British passport application – passport photo requirements

When you are applying for a British passport you must bear in mind that you will need 2 standard passport photographs. However, there are lots of requirements when you are to take a photo of yourself.

In this chapter we will introduce you to all the photo requirements there are in order for your application to be accepted.

Standard passport photo requirements:

Posture on the photo

You must pay attention to your exact posture and the way you are shown on a passport photo as much as to the exact distance you are located from the camera.

Posture requirements

The exact size of the passport photograph

The size of the passport photograph in a British passport should be 35 mm wide and 45 mm high.

Your image shown on the photograph should be per the following:

Requirements of babies and kids

Babies, toddles and children under 6 are not required to look straight into the camera however babies and toddlers should not be visibly holding any toys and should not have any dummies in the mouth. Babies under 1 year of age are not required to have their eyes open. The head can be supported with hand however it should not be visible on the photograph.

By the time of posting the 2 photos should be separated from each other, should be left loos and not physically attached to the application form.

Should you have any further questions please call the British Passport Customer Services Number or check out the passport information on