Where can I get a passport picture?

The right passport picture is essential to making sure that your passport application has the best possible chance of acceptance. If your picture does not meet the stringent criteria, your application will be sent back to you, which will delay the whole process.

So where can you get your photo taken?

Take it yourself

Recently, the passport office has begun accepting photographs taken from smartphones, as a result of camera technology improving to the point that they can provide the level of clarity necessary for proper identification. So you don’t even have to leave the house if you don’t want to, it’s that convenient. Read if you take a passport photo using iPhone.

There are a number of different online services to help you with this. One of the best is Paspic, which will quickly and easily guide you through the process of taking the photograph yourself. Once it’s done, you’ll have the ability to order hard copies to send with your application.

Photo Booths

Photo booths can be found in a variety of different locations such as on the high street, in shopping centers, in supermarkets, and occasionally in train stations. They offer you simplicity, affordability, and a degree of convenience too. However, you still have to know how to pose properly.

The process is simple, you go inside the booth and follow the on-screen instructions. They’re commonly used for official photos so there’s likely going to be a specific guide to make sure you take the right photo. Once you have taken the photo, they will be printed immediately.

Photography stores

Though they are growing a little harder to find, most towns and cities still have photography stores or studios which will offer a dedicated passport photography service for a fee. The fee may be higher than it costs to take the photo yourself or at a booth, but there are benefits.

The photographer will know the requirements for an acceptable passport photo and will be able to guide you through the session. That means when you collect your photographs you won’t be in any doubt as to whether or not the passport photo is right.

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How to get kids’ passports

Mums and dads don’t have the luxury of just having to sort out their own passports before heading abroad. Instead, they’ve got to ensure that their children also have a passport ahead of a family holiday. It’s a little more work, yes – but it’s something that most parents should be able to arrange without too much difficulty in this day and age. With this in mind, here’s how to get kids’ passports.

What’s the process?

The process is pretty much the same as the one required for those applicants aged 16+. You simply have to fill out the official forms and submit two pictures to the passport office. Thankfully, you’ll be able to do the bulk of the heavy lifting without having to get your kids involved.

kids’ passports photo

Who needs one?

Everyone needs a passport if they’re to be permitted to go abroad. A child’s passport will be issued to anyone under the age of 16. Even newborn babies require a passport if they’re to leave the country with their parents.

How long is the passport valid?

Unlike an adult passport that lasts for 10 years, a child’s passport is only valid for five years. This is largely due to how much kids’ facial features can change throughout their childhood and adolescence. Therefore, you may need to go through the process several times before your child reaches 16.

Are there any obstacles?

The only real part of the application that requires effort and energy from your child is the passport photo. Luckily, this can now be done from the comfort of your own home. While mums and dads previously had to queue up with their child outside of a photo booth, the pictures can now be taken with a mobile phone and authorized online before being submitted to the passport office. This has, undoubtedly, removed the biggest obstacle for most parents.

Use Paspic!

The process of applying for a kid’s passport needn’t be a hassle – especially if you use Paspic. Through this service, you’ll have peace of mind that the picture you’re submitting meets all the government guidelines and won’t be rejected.

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How to cut passport photos

There’s no doubt that one of the trickiest parts of the passport application process is actually getting a passport photo. Whether you use the dreaded photo booth or visit a local high street photographer, the whole business can send your stress levels off the charts.

There is a better way. If you follow a checklist for taking passport photographs then you can take a much more relaxed passport photo at home.

Why size matters

One of the main reasons passport applications are denied is that the passport picture doesn’t conform to the guidelines. We all know that it can be a nightmare to produce a neutral expression or keep the hair off your face, but if you’re taking your photos at home then you’ll have endless chances to get that right.

But when it comes to printing out and cutting passport photos for your application, size definitely matters. The rules are clear – your passport photo itself must measure 45mm x 35mm. You can also add a 5mm border around the image, so if you’re printing at home you can also specify an image size of 55mm x 45mm if you’re printing a border.

So far so good. But then you also need to make sure that the distance between your chin and the top of your head in the image is between 29mm – 34mm so your face is centrally positioned in the picture. And you can’t manipulate the image in any way or submit a cropped or cut down version of a bigger photo because that’s an instant fail.

Cut to size

Once you’ve selected a photo that looks like you and meets the guidelines, you’re going to need to print and cut out your passport photos. You must use glossy white photo paper and your printer’s highest resolution. Choose 4cm x 6cm paper and then manually cut out your pictures.

If you have a sharp craft knife and a cutting mat then you’ll get the best results. Otherwise, scissors and a steady hand should do the job. Just remember your photo needs to measure 45mm x 35mm and that you’re allowed a 5mm border all around and you’ll be good to go.

Trust the professionals

If that all sounds like too much hassle, why not let Paspic take care of your photos for you? We can ship to anywhere in the world and we have a 99.5% approval rate. Upload today and make your passport photos truly fuss-free!

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How to replace a lost passport

Have you lost or damaged your passport? Don’t worry, you can get a new one and the process is reasonably easy to understand and to follow. It’s important to remember that you’re basically re-applying for your passport, so it’s important to get the application process underway as soon as possible to prevent any delays and ensure you get your passport back quickly.

Here’s what you need to do:

Re-application for your passport

You can apply for your passport either online or by visiting your local Post Office and filling in the relevant form. It’s important to note, however, that it’s not a free service to re-issue a lost or damaged passport.

It costs £75.50 if you’re applying online, and £85 if you’re applying via a paper form.

It’s important that you fill in the form as accurately and as clearly as possible. Remember the same rules apply as when you applied for your passport originally. Write legibly and provide all of the personal information necessary to ensure that your application can be dealt with in as swift a manner as possible.

If your form is badly or incorrectly filled in, the Passport Office may have to contact you for clarification, send the application form back to you, or, in isolated cases, possibly even reject the application. So invest the extra time and fill out the form properly.

Re-sending your photographs

You will have to take another passport photo if you’re going re-apply for your lost passport. There are many ways you can do this, whether it’s using an online service such as Paspic, a photo booth, or by visiting any high street photography store.

You will need to send two identical photos of yourself with the new application, both of which will have been signed by an appropriate counter-signatory who conforms to the proper conditions.

Remember that though you only need to have one photograph signed, you need to send two photographs with your application, and both must be of acceptable standard and identical.

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Can I take a passport photo using my iPhone?

When renewing a passport, passport photos are often the main cause for concern. Between the list of guidelines and having to trail down to a photo booth, it can be a hassle. Double that when it’s a child passport photo. But what if you could scrap all the hassle and take a photo within minutes in your own home? And could it be done using a device everyone has to hand – your iPhone?

The short answer is yes, but there are a few conditions that you’ll need to keep in mind.

Online passport photos are accepted by GOV.uk when applying for a passport, and they even state in their guidelines that digital photos can be accepted from three methods: get someone else to take a photo for you using a device with photo capabilities; go to a photo shop and ask for a digital copy using a code; go to a photo booth that provides digital codes along with the physical copy. Of the three, it’s clear that the first option is not only the quickest but also the easiest.

To make sure you get it right the first time, review the guidelines laid out by GOV.uk. You will require someone else to take the photo from the shoulders up, against a light background, and of clear quality. There will be a chance to adjust the size of your photo during the application process and you will be given a preliminary decision at the point of upload, which is a good indicator that your photo will be approved when your application is reviewed later.

If you are still unsure of whether your photo qualifies or how to take it, Papsic is available to give you peace of mind. Using your phone, Papsic will take you clearly and concisely through each step of the process for quick passport photos and ensure they’re suitable before you even begin your passport application. Simply upload your photos and Papsic will take care of the rest!

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