So it’s time to apply for a new passport or renew your passport and you’re thinking you need to head to the post office or to the local drugstore to pay $12 for some photos. What if we told you that you could take your own photos and just get them printed at the local drugstore for less than $1?

Yep, you can DIY your passport photos.

Resources To Help You

Passport Photo Booth App:

This app is available on iPhone as well as Android. It provides a template for you to perfectly align yourself or your child in your camera phone for a perfect photo. You can print the photos for free, send them to a local convenient store to print them for close to .50 cents each or have them mail you professional prints for $5.96.

This website helps you take accurate passport or visa photos for over 60 different countries. They’ll send the photos directly to you or to a local pharmacy for you to pick up! For an additional fee, they’ll even review your photos for accuracy. Pricing depends on how many photos you need.

US Department of State

The State Department has a free cropping tool that will help you get your self-taken photo to the right dimensions. They also provide guidelines for passport photos and a nifty video offering tips on passport photos.

Key Tips for Taking Your Own Passport Photo:

  1. DO NOT take a selfie, it just won’t work so don’t bother. Grab a friend, use a tripod, or prop your phone up against something and use a timer
  2. Make sure you have good lighting and NO SHADOWS in the photo. You can achieve this by taking your photo on a sunny day or using a ring light if you have one
  3. Take your glasses off, no hats, etc.
  4. Find a white or off-white background. you can use a wall, a sheet, or a poster board taped to a wall\
  5. Keep a neutral face
  6. When taking a photo of a baby, lay your baby on his or her back on a plain white or off-white sheet or cover a car seat with a plain white or off-white sheet and take a picture of your child in the car seat.

See Also:

Father taking a passport photo of a child

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