When submitting your passport application, you must include a photo. If you are applying in person you can contact your local office location to see if they offer passport photo service on-site. Or you can take your own photo. Below is a list of requirements if you are looking on how to take a passport photo. They also provide an online tool that will help you generate a proper passport photo.
If you cannot or do not want to take a photo you can contact your local passport office and see if they offer passport photo services. In most cases you will be required to pay an extra fee for this service.
You cannot wear glasses, sun glasses or tinted glasses in your passport photo. If you cannot remove your glasses due to medical reasons, you will need to submit a signed statement from your doctor along with your passport application. They recommend the proper pose would be facing the camera with your head centered in the frame but not tilted with a neutral expression or natural smile.
You are also not allowed to wear any uniforms in your photo, clothing that may look like a uniform and no camouflage attire. You are not allowed to make any digital edits or alterations except removing red eye. If you need to take a photo of a baby or toddler, only they can be in the photo. A good tip for them is to lay your baby on his or her back on a plain white or off white sheet. Make sure no shadows are showing on the babies face, especially if you plan to take the photo from above. Another photo tip would be to cover a car seat with a plain white or off white sheet and take the photo with the child in the car seat. It is only acceptable for an infant to have their eyes closed. Any other children must have their eyes open.
If your appearance has changed dramatically from the last passport photo you took, then it is recommended you apply for a new passport. Growing a beard or coloring your hair wouldn't require you to get a new photo, as long as you can still be identified with the current passport photo there is no need to apply for a new one. You may need to apply for a new passport if you have:
If the appearance of your child under the age of 16 has changed due to normal aging, there is no need to apply for a new passport for him or her.