Passport photo requirements Canada

Passport photo requirements Canada for passport application

Passport photo requirements Canada; of course you need a passport photo to apply for a passport, the rules are somewhat stricter for adults than for children.

Adults:

  • taken by a commercial photographer.
  • 50 mm wide x 70 mm long (2 inches wide x 2 3/4 inches)
  • the height of the face should be between 31 mm (1 1/4 inch) and 36 mm (1 7/16 inch) from chin to crown of the head (of course, top of the head).
  • be clear and razor sharp.
  • be in color or black and white.
  • taken with a neutral facial expression (eyes open and clearly visible, mouth closed, no smile).
  • be evenly lit and have no shadows, glare or reflections.
    taken straight in front, with the face and shoulders centered and the center of the camera.
  • taken for a solid white or light colored background with a clear difference between your face and the background.
  • reflect the real image and have a natural skin tone.
  • are original photos that are not part of an existing photo
    reflect your current appearance (taken in the last 12 months).
  • are professionally printed on normal, high quality photo paper.
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Glasses can be worn in the photos, as long as the eyes are clearly visible and there is no glare in the glasses. Sunglasses or photos with the red-eye effect are unacceptable.

Hats and headgear should not be worn unless worn daily for religious belief or medical reasons. However, your entire face should be clearly visible and the head covering should not cast shadows on your face.

Your hair can hang down loosely if there are no shadows. The lighting must be uniform. Shadows over the face or shoulder, around the ears or the background are not accepted.

The following attributes should be included on the back of a photo: the name and full address of the photo studio and the date the photo was taken. The photographer can use a stamp or write this information on it. Adhesive labels are unacceptable.

Children:

Child pictures and baby pictures must comply with the same rules as indicated above. Photos should show the children’s head and shoulders well. Hands of the parent holding the child should not appear in the photo. Canada recognizes the difficulty of obtaining a neutral expression from a newborn and will provide some tolerance in this regard. There should be no shadows on the face or shoulders, around the ears or the background.

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