Helpful Resources for Expedited Passport Processing
Whether it's your first time applying, you need to renew, or want to get a passport for your child, the resources below will prepare you to apply for a new U.S. passport. We encourage you to carefully read and follow all instructions to avoid delays in processing.


Your Photograph must be:
  • 2x2 inches in size
  • Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance
  • Color
  • Clear
  • Full face, front view. Do NOT tilt your face to the left or right, or up or down
  • Plain white or off-white background
  • Free of shadows, blurriness, dots, and graininess
  • Not underexposed (too dark) or overexposed (too bright)
  • The photo should be of your face, neck, and shoulders only, with some blank space above the top of your head
  • Do not include your chest in the photo. Between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
  • About 1/4 to 1/2 inch of blank space at top of the head. About 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the top of shoulders visible. See the first page of your passport application form DS-11 or DS-82 for a visual depiction of these requirements
  • Clothing must be normal street attire. Do NOT wear a uniform, a costume, etc
  • Religious attire is acceptable if it is worn daily. In this case, a letter of explanation must be provided
  • Do NOT wear a hat, headgear, or jewelry that obscures the hair or hairline
  • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture
  • Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are NOT acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required
Digitized Passport Photo:Non Acceptable Photos Examples:

If you choose to submit a digitized photo, it must meet the same requirements of all passport photographs. In addition, digitized photographs are always produced on digital printers. Some printers will produce a photograph in which the dots are seen. Visible dots distort the image by making it look grainy. Acceptable photos have a continuous tone image that looks photo-like.

Non Acceptable Photos Examples: