What is the correct passport photo size in the UK?

If you have not already visited the website of HM Passport Office, it will be useful to know that there are actually two passport photo size types and they are both correct. Whether you wish to apply via post office or online, this article will give you information about the needed format that can done by yourself, professional photographers, or photo booths.

Without further ado, here is what you need to know.

What is the correct digital UK passport photo size?

HM Passport Office will accept your photo if it is :

  • at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels tall,
  • at least 50KB and no more than 10MB.

Bear in mind that your photo should be also clear in focus, colored and unaltered by computer software. The percentage of face in digital photo is significantly lower than in a printed photo. You can use an official passport photo app Smartphone iD (available on Android and iOS) to receive a digital or printed photo in the right size.

UK Passport Photo printed photo size

The printed version of UK passport photo remains in the same format as the most popular photo size : 35mm by 45m. Make sure that they are printed on a professional standard paper and have no creases or tears. These photos, too, should be clear in focus.

If you apply through post office and wish to attach the printed photos, make sure they have been signed. Read more about it here.

How to crop digital UK passport by yourself?

The aspect ratio if you are doing the cropping by yourself will be : 0.78 (width to height), 1.29 (height to width). However, keep in mind that your face should be the in the correct size, the background is light grey and plain, as well as the rest of ICAO rules (that are obligatory for all international passports worldwide).

As mentioned before, you can also use the Smartphone iD app. It is driven by a software that pre-validates all national and international rules. With double human and AI control, you receive shortly conform photos in your email. You can also order the printed format to be delivered to your mailbox.

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