Can I take a passport photo myself?

Passport is a very important document that allows you, for instance, to travel freely almost all around the world. However, to obtain it, you are obliged to apply for it first. We have already described here how to do it, with all details, but let’s focus now on the photography you have to attach to the form. You may ask: “Can I take a passport photo myself”? This article is intended to answer them.

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What are the passport photo requirements?

The International Civil Aviation Society has established general rules about passport as international document for traveling. Rules that help the picture to be scanned by machines in airports. These restrictions apply to all countries worldwide, however, each country can further design their requirements in more detail (especially about exact head size, photo size and background).The United Kingdom has specified the following passport photo standards :

  • printed photo size 35 x 45mm (width x height);
  • from the crown of your head to your chin – must be between 29mm and 34mm high;
  • not be a cut down version of a larger picture;
  • digital photo size at least 600 x 750 pixels (width x height);
  • at least 50KB and no more than 10MB;
  • plain light-coloured background.

If you want to get to know more about the ICAO photo standards, have a look at this page.

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Can I take a passport photo myself?

The first rule of taking a passport photo is whether you are able to stick to the rules. There is no need to take the photo:

  • at a photographer’s studio
  • in a photo booth,

because you may readily take it at home! However, you must bear in mind that it conforms to the rules.

How to take a passport photo on your own?

Simply, you can take it however you want, as long as you stick to the rules. That means, it is possible even to take a selfie. But if you want to make sure that your photo will be accepted by the authorities, use the Smartphone iD app.


It is simple, cheap, and guarantees the high quality of the photo. We use:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • our skilled staff control

to assure you that your photo is fine. Take your time with the unlimited number of tries before choosing the perfect image! We will send it to you by e-mail or post, depending on your choice.

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