When you renew your passport online, you will need to upload a digital photo. Before you start your application, get your passport photo taken. You can go to a professional photo vendor, or have a friend or family member take your photo.
The passport officer must be satisfied that your identity is legal and valid. The passport officer must check that your photograph is a true image of yourself; and. Your fingerprints must be taken (for people who are aged 16 years or older) and checked against the National Population Register.
You must provide one photo with your passport application. All our photo policies apply to both adults and children.
American citizens should bring two identical photos when they apply for a U.S. passport. The following minimum requirements must be met or your application will not be processed.
In some countries, standard passport-sized photos are required to obtain a visa and this is where an extra passport photo will come in handy. You can find out which countries require U.S. citizens to have a visa by checking the country-specific information available from the U.S. State Department website.
Yes, you can use your iPhone, Android device, or other smartphone to take your passport photo. Make sure you follow all guidelines when taking the photo to include a white background, good lighting, and a friend for assistance (selfies are not allowed).
Contrived expressions such as raised eyebrows, squinting or frowning are not acceptable. When having their photos captured, applicant may smile, but without showing their teeth and gums. The 'Mona Lisa' smile is recommended. Eyeglasses should always be removed before capturing the applicant's photo.
Things sure have improved too for the passport renewal process, which can take up to a 1 week or 10 days, depending on where you apply. Home affairs will also update you with SMS notifications when your passport is ready for collection.
DO consider wearing a color other than black or white. Your photo will have a plain white background, so a colored shirt will help ensure your photo doesn't look washed out.
Passport photos are not the place to make fashion statements. The State Department wants your photo to be "taken in clothing normally worn on a daily basis." However, no uniforms, or clothing that looks like a uniform, or camouflage clothing is allowed. You also can't wear a hat or head covering in your photo.
So what happens when you renew or update your existing passport details? Your passport number will change, as the number is allocated to the passport rather than the person, when every single document is produced.
Since April 2021, HM Passport Office has been advising people to allow up to ten weeks when applying for their British passport.
If you are overseas and your U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until June 30, 2022. You qualify to travel on your expired passport if all the following are true: You are a U.S. citizen.
Regular processing normally takes 4-6 weeks except under unusual circumstances. However, it will be faster (and less costly) for you to renew your expired passport since renewals do not require you to appear before an agent nor pay the execution fee.
It is possible to renew your passport at almost any time within its validity period. However, it is only recommended to do so more than 9 months to 1 year ahead of its expiry for a legitimate reason. You may need to renew your passport for reasons such as the following: Your passport has been lost or stolen.
If your passport has expired, then you will need to renew it before you travel internationally. The process usually involves submitting your old passport to the government passport agency, either in person or by mail. Therefore, you will need to hold on your expired passport at least until you apply for your new one.
The old passport may be sent separately from your new passport. We recommend keeping your old passport in a safe place as it is considered proof of your U.S. citizenship. If your old passport is linked to a valid visa, you can still use the valid visa. You must travel with both your new and old passport in this case.
Finally, head coverings are only permitted for religious reasons. Earrings that are too large or highly reflective are not allowed. In short, if your jewelry or any other facial piercing does not impede the clarity of your passport photo, you should be fine.
Do not wear glasses in your photo unless you have to do so. If you must wear glasses, they cannot be sunglasses or tinted glasses, and you must make sure your eyes are not covered by the frames or any glare, reflection or shadow.
You typically have a maximum of 90 days to get the new passport pictures to them, so please get on it right away. You must submit two (2) recent color glossy photographs of your head and shoulders, facing the camera. If you miss the 90-day deadline, you will have to re-apply and pay the fees again.