U.S. Passport Infant Photo Requirements—What You Need To Know
Planning a trip with a newborn is not an easy task. The first thing you need to do is get a passport. While this means it’s time for some baby pictures, there are so many questions to be answered. How do you take a good picture? What are the specific requirements for an infant’s passport photo? How can you stop the baby from moving?
In this article, DoNotPay guides you through the requirements for a U.S. passport infant photo.
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To take your baby’s passport pictures, you need to get acquainted with the official government requirements first:
- Photo must not be older than six months
- Photo should be taken in front of a white or off-white background. No other color or pattern is allowed
- You can’t hold the kid while taking the picture
- Picture should be in color. Black and white photos are not allowed
- Photo should be printed on high-quality, matte or glossy photo paper
- Photo should have a high resolution—between 600 x 600 and 1200 x 1200 pixels
- Dimensions of the photo should be 2 x 2 inches (5.1 cm x 5.1 cm)
- Your baby’s head should measure between 1 to 1 ⅜ inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
- Child’s face should occupy approximately 70–80% of the picture
- Face should be properly lit, without any shadows
Before the photoshoot, pay attention to the following:
- Dress your kid in everyday clothing
- Don’t put a hat or any head covering on your baby’s head
- Try to take a picture where your baby’s expression is neutral
- Your kid’s face should not be covered by toys, hands, glasses, or anything else
Taking passport photos of infants is as complicated as it sounds. To get your kid’s photo taken by a professional, you can visit the following places:
|Where To Get Your Baby’s Passport Picture||Brief Details|
|Retail stores||Walmart and Target provide passport photo services for infants. You will need to call beforehand to schedule an appointment. After getting the photo taken, you will need to wait an hour to get the printed photo|
|Pharmacies||Pharmacies like CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens can also offer infant passport photo services. Call the nearest one to confirm whether you need to book your slot beforehand|
|Photography studios||If money is not a concern, photography studios are probably your best bet. They have experts who are pros at taking infant photos and will be able to take a passport-ready picture of your kid|
|Shipping centers||The following courier and shipping centers provide passport photo services at some locations:
Before going to the nearest shipping center, call to confirm availability
If taking photos at the above-mentioned locations seems complicated, you can take the photo at home and get it printed at a local printing shop.
Taking your infant’s picture isn’t easy because babies have moods and schedules of their own. Even if they are in a good mood, they might keep moving in excitement, making it impossible for you to take a good picture.
The most suitable way to take your baby’s picture at home is to follow the instructions mentioned in the list below:
- Place a white or off-white sheet on the bed or the floor
- Lay your baby on their back on top of it
- Take a picture with your phone, ensuring that there are no shadows on your kid’s face
If your baby’s eyes are not entirely open, try again. Even if all the photos come out with half-closed eyes or open mouths, you can still use them. With a child, expressions such as smiles, grimaces, and yawns are acceptable to a point. If all the photos come out blurry, another option is to take the baby’s photo when they’re sleeping.
Do you want an easy way out? Use our app to get your passport photos online!
Taking passport photos at home has never been easier! With our Passport Photos feature, we can make the required adjustments to your baby’s picture and send it to you in a flash! Here is what you need to do:
- Open DoNotPay in your web browser
- Type Passport Photos in the search bar
- Take a picture using your phone. If you have an existing photo, upload it to our app
We will make the necessary edits and email the photo to you. If you need printed copies, provide your U.S. mailing address and choose the most convenient shipping option. You can choose between:
- Rush shipping—delivered within three business days
- Expedited shipping—delivered within four business days
- Economy shipping—delivered within five to ten business days
Want to know more about passport photos? DoNotPay can provide info on:
- How to change your passport photo
- What to do if your passport photo is rejected
- How to take passport photos with an iPad
- How to print passport photos on an HP printer
- How to scan a passport photo
- How to print a 2 x 2 passport photo on Mac
Find your place of residence in the table below to see where you can have your passport photo taken:
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