I’m Not Happy With the Results—Can I Return Passport Photos to Walgreens?
Many of us are familiar with the problem of passport photos. However much we try, they never seem to be as flattering as we would like.
You can’t do much about the subject matter in a passport photo as the image has to meet the government requirements. If there is a quality issue with the photos, though, you should be able to return them.
Can I return passport photos to Walgreens? DoNotPay will help you find out how!
Walgreens wants you to be 100% satisfied with any product you buy from its stores—passport photos are no exception.
If you are dissatisfied with your passport photos, the company has a no-quibble refund policy.
You can return passport photos by:
- Going to the store where you had your photos taken to return them
- Calling the customer service number on 1-866-264-2910 for:
- Mail orders
- Ship to store orders
Walgreens will give you a refund or a full replacement, meaning you can have another photo taken and processed at no cost.
Using a service like that offered by Walgreens and other stores means that your photos are sure to fulfill the requirements for passports. The requirements are:
Passport photos must measure exactly 2” x 2” (5 cm x 5 cm). Your head should be in the middle of the photo and should be between 1” and 1 3/8” (2 cm and 3.5 cm) from top to bottom.
The photo background should be plain white and should not show any shadows. The outline of your head should be distinguishable from the background.
You should be looking straight into the camera with a neutral expression, with eyes open and mouth closed.
You can smile, but you should try to avoid it if possible.
It is best to stick to neutral colors, and you should not be wearing anything on your head unless it is for:
- Religious reasons, but you need to provide a signed statement explaining your affiliation to a recognized religion
- Medical grounds, in which case this must be confirmed in writing by a doctor
Glasses, tinted lenses, and sunglasses are not allowed.
If you decide that you are so unhappy with Walgreens that it doesn’t deserve a second chance, here are some other options for getting passport photos:
|Passport Photo Stores||Examples|
|Other pharmacies||CVS offers a similar passport photo service to Walgreens|
|Retail outlets||Many retail outlets have passport photo facilities in store, including Walmart and Target. Costco used to offer this service but has now phased it out|
|Post offices||U.S. passport offices are located in many post offices, so you can combine getting your passport photos with submitting your application|
|Couriers||Couriers, such as FedEx, UPS, and USPS, offer passport photo services in many branches. You should check online or call your local outlet to confirm it offers the service|
|Other businesses||AAA stores, many print shops, and travel bureaus may offer passport photos in their stores. A quick search online will confirm local availability|
While Walgreens charges $14.99 for two photos, other stores’ and companies’ prices are as follows:
- CVS photo—$14.99
- UPS stores—$11.99
- AAA—between $10 and $15, depending on your membership level
The more difficult part of this procedure is editing and processing the photos after you have shot them. You need to:
- Edit and crop your photo using your computer’s software or an online photo tool
- Print the photos on glossy or matte photo paper
- Trim the prints to the correct dimensions
If you are not adept at photo editing, this could be a frustrating and time-consuming process.
DoNotPay has the answer. We can save you the expense of store-bought photos and the hassle of taking your own by editing and preparing your passport photos online for you!
DoNotPay can take all the difficulty out of getting perfect passport photos.
Our Passport Photos product takes your uploaded photo, checks that it is usable, and edits it to fit the bill. To use the feature, all you have to do is:
- Sign up with DoNotPay in your web browser
- Click on our Passport Photos product
- Take a photo and upload it
We will do the rest! If your photo is acceptable, we will process it and send you a perfect digital passport photo via email and, if you so choose, via mail in between three and ten days. If you want hard copies, we can print them for you and send them to your door by mail!
Find your place of residence in the table below to see where you can have your passport photo taken:
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