Digital passport photos

This page is only for applicants who we invited to participate in our online passport renewal pilot. If you haven’t been invited, check the photo requirements for a paper application.  

Photo requirements

Your passport photo must be taken

Your photo must have

We accept photos with

We don’t accept photos with

Photo and photographer’s details

When you upload your photo, you must provide

Digital requirements

The requirements for a digital photo are different from the requirements for a physical photo.

Please provide the following requirements to your photographer (PDF, or share the web address) when you have your photo taken.

The image must

Examples of acceptable and unacceptable passport photos

These photos don’t represent the actual size of a passport photo. Unacceptable photos show you what to look for before you submit your application.



Example of a photo - Good contrast
Good contrast
Example of a photo - No contrast
No contrast
Example of a photo - Good lighting
Good lighting
Example of a photo - Shadows behind ears
Shadows behind ears
Example of a photo - Non-tinted glasses
Non-tinted glasses
Example of a photo - Tinted glasses
Tinted glasses
Example of a photo - Facial features are visable
Facial features are visable
Example of a photo - Facial features are covered
Facial features are covered
Example of a photo - Neutral expression
Neutral expression
Example of a photo - Smiling

Tips for taking a good passport photo

If you’re in a wheelchair
Passport photos must be taken against a plain white background. If your wheelchair has a headrest, a plain white covering should be placed over it. This makes your facial features and the edges of your face clear against the background.
If you have headwear or nasal cannula 
Your headwear or a nasal cannula may appear in a passport photo if worn for medical reasons. Your eyes must remain clearly visible. Include a signed explanation with your application. We may ask for a letter from your doctor. 
Why can’t I smile in my passport photo?
The International Civil Aviation Organization recommends that passport photos be taken with a neutral expression. This lets us use facial recognition systems to help prevent fraud. They electronically verify identity based on each person's unique facial features.
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