There is nothing more frustrating than having taken time off work to arrange your passport or visa application, only to find you have to go through the whole process again because your photos have been rejected.  With the advent of facial recognition systems, and the recent upscale in Homeland Security,  the bar has been raised and the specifications changed to meet a much higher standard.  

That homegrown phone camera setup won’t cut it.  Approximately one quarter of a million passport photos are rejected annually by the state department.  There are General Guidelines including some hidden rules for successful passport pictures.


•  We make sure that the physical dimensions or the photo and head size is accurate for your country

•  We ensure that the background color specified for your country is also acceptable

•  Note; Passport and Visa photos produced from scanned pictures will never be accepted

•  Excessive makeup and jewelry are common grounds for rejecting photos

•  Many countries will not accept pictures of people in uniform

•  New Rules : No glasses period!

•  Do not wear white nor the color of your countries specified background color. 

•  Cover your shoulders - otherwise you will look naked - Not Good

•  Showing your teeth or smiling is unacceptable - because it distorts the face

•  All countries state that a natural expression is necessary 

•  Some people have BIG hair - our advice is not to let it go outside the edge of the photo 

•  Digital retouching to alter or enhance your facial features is forbidden


•  You must provide one photo with your passport application.

•  Taken in clothing normally worn on a daily basis

•  Taken in the last 6 months

•   You cannot wear glasses,  If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a signed note from your doctor with application.

•  You cannot wear a hat or head covering, If you wear a hat or head covering for religious purposes, submit a signed statement that verifies that the hat or head covering in your photo is part of recognized, traditional religious attire that is customarily or required to be worn continuously in public.

If you wear a hat or head covering for medical purposes, submit a signed doctor’s statement verifying the hat or head covering in your photo is used daily for medical purposes.  

•  Your full face must be visible and your hat or head covering cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadows on your face.

•  You cannot wear headphones or wireless hands-free devices.


US passport forms: 
We suggest you select the form filler option on this site.

CANADA -  Canada has the toughest Photo specifications for it’s citizens because of a facial recognition system being integrated by their Homeland Security.  Eventually I predict it will become the norm in the major free travel countries of the world.    Passport Forms for Canadians:

In our area alone Tampa Bay, a very large percentage of photos I have done have been do-overs that others have taken, even some done by commercial photographers and were not accepted.  If you live in Florida and don’t mind several trips to the Post Office, thats fine.

My goal is to do it once, I am the only PMAI Certified Canadian Passport Photographer in Florida.  Click on the Flag or Passport to the Canadian section and regulations, information.

I work out of my home.  Please call ahead for an appointment as I always have my wife, daughter or assistant present when I am photographing women traveling alone.  You may bring a friend, no pets, I have two jealous poodles who love strangers once they say hello.


NOTE:  At this time we do not have the capability of photographing passports for Interstellar travel,  like Earths Moon, Mars and Venus or any of the planets depicted on  Star Wars, specifically...  Alderaan, Bespin, Coruscant, Dagobah, Endor, Hoth, Kamino,  Kashyyyk,  Mustafar,  Naboo,  Tatooine, Yavin 4.   Please check with us in 50 years for availability.