High-security printing for passport: The 2022 expert's guide (2024)

For authorities worldwide, the fight to protect passports against fraud remains as intense as ever.

Of course, the rapid adoption of electronic passport solutions over recent years has proved a significant step forward in terms of both homeland security and traveler convenience.

There's also fast-growing recognition of what polycarbonate data pages can do in thwarting attempts to tamper with or counterfeit passports.

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Security printing techniques in 2022​

However, we believe it's key that authorities do not overlook in 2022 the importance of a security-conscious approach to the paper elements of a passport's design and production.

After all, paper pages still make up the bulk of the document.

What's more, they include the cover and end pages (glued to the inside of the cover) and the pages that hold the visa and entry and exit stamps.

And for those that have not yet migrated to polycarbonate, paper will also form the basis of the all-important data page, which includes the holder's details and portrait.

To maintain an effective defense against the menace of counterfeiting, all these paper elements need to be given careful consideration.

As ever, success will ultimately lie in making it as complicated, time-consuming, and expensive as possible for forgers to copy or compromise a legitimate document.

The good news for 2022?

A host of proven high-securityprinting techniques are available that will help to deter even the most determined and resourceful criminals when designing a passport in 2022.

In this article, we'll once again be slapping on our lab coats.

We'll provide readers with an expert guide on how best to use the paper elements to protect the integrity of what is, after all, a vital national asset.

In particular, we'll be posing a simple question: how can security printers such as Thales design the paper elements of a passport to make it much harder for counterfeiters to copy or imitate a document's visual aspect?

In line with the fundamental principles of any secure passport design, we'll find that the answer ultimately lies in the effective combination of various techniques. Specifically, these include:

  • Employing technologies that are difficult to copy.
  • Incorporating multiple security features - so a counterfeiter will need to master them all to stand any chance of success.
  • Using materials, technologies, inks, and components that are difficult for criminals to source.
  • Using inks and components that are only sold to secure printers.

Now let's look in detail at some of the techniques that can enhance the security of the paper elements and the passport as a whole.

We'll also consider how specific threats are countered by Thales' field-proven security features and processes.

Let's start at the end…

Passport end pages

End pages play a critical role in protecting the integrity of the whole passport booklet.

Access to the stitching – and hence the data page – should be prevented by using high-security printing methods on a secure paper substrate. This should be fully bonded and secured to the cover material.

Passport numbers

A document's unique passport number is high on the list of assets that can be utilized in the fight against counterfeiting.

When a lost or stolen document is reported to the police, this will typically end up on an international watch-list, such as the one maintained by Interpol.

Inevitably, fraudsters will attempt to change one or more of the digits, to try and ensure that the authorities are not alerted when the document is presented at a border checkpoint.

High-security printing for passport: The 2022 expert's guide (2) As well as the size, Thales can even vary the basic hole shapes forming the passport number - including circles, squares, and stars, for example.

Therefore, an effective endpaper design will include burning the genuine document number through every page using laser technology. This means going through all the visa pages, as well as the back cover.

These numbers comprise small conical holes, the size of which varies according to the page number, making it even harder for counterfeiters to swap pages.

Intaglio printing: another powerful security tool (process)​​

A security printingtechnique known as Intaglio printing provides another powerful security tool. Thales typically incorporates latent images that can only be seen when viewed at particular angles.

Furthermore, Intaglio printing has a distinctive feel to it.

This feature is immediately recognizable to those responsible for checking the document's authenticity and the broader public.

This familiarity reflects that Intaglio is a long-established securityprinting technique used not just for passports but also for banknotes.

High-security printing for passport: The 2022 expert's guide (3)Intaglio printing can create tactile effects.

Which process best describes intaglio printing?

  • The lines to be printed are cut into a metal plate through an etching process.
  • The ink is applied to the surface of the plate and pushed in the recessed lines.
  • A rolling press is then used to apply very high pressure to push the paper into the recessed lines.
  • The area that prints is below the surface of the plate.

This creates a unique effect that is very difficult for counterfeiters to replicate: it requires specialized skills and dedicated equipment. It can also be checked quickly, onlyby running a finger over the printed page.

According to the Keesing Journal​ of Documents &Identity of June 2017, Intaglio remains atechnique that cannot be replaced by inkjet or toner printing, at least for now. Itis also barely accessible to counterfeiters. Tactile effects, in particular, arehard to reproduce.

Intaglio continues to offera high level of security compared to digital printing.

And the security struggle doesn't stop there…

Anti-copying elements

In addition to intaglio printing, endpaper print design can employ severalanti-copy elements.

These include offset printing in four colors, UV 365 in two colors, and IR reactive inks.

Intricate design patterns will pose further challenges for fraudsters.

High-security printing for passport: The 2022 expert's guide (4)See here for a detail of the cover page of the Swedish passport under UV light. The front and backlights of cars on the roads only appear under UV and create a fantastic effect.

Ultra-thin security paper

Thin endpapers (no more than 85gsm) represent another asset for passport issuers.

In that case, being fragile is a strength.

Because the adhesive volume needed to bond the cover, combined with the calendaring effect of Intaglio print, means that counterfeiting attempts will be prone to glue seepage and staining.

Crucially, Thalescan produce ultra-thin endpapers that are as durable in operation as fragile if attacked.

If a forger does try to separate the endpaper from the cover, it will be destroyed and rendered useless.

High-security printing for passport: The 2022 expert's guide (5)Belgian and Swedish passport front covers are shown here. Removing the thin inside cover paper is almost impossible with special embossing.

Solid bond: benefits of the moiré printing

​​As if all the above wasn't enough, consider a few more of the endpaper techniques that Thales employs on behalf of passport issuers:

  • According to individual customer requirements, unique high-security papers can contain visible and invisible fibers.
  • Bonding to the embossed cover material ensures no bubbles or creases on the end page.
  • Tiny laser-produced holes of various shapes make up the document's serial number, visible through the cover and endpaper. Any attempt to delaminate and re-use the endpaper will be immediately evident because the holes cannot be realigned.
  • Endpaper aligned perfectly to the cover material, defending against the addition of a counterfeit.
  • Thales further reduces counterfeiting risk by using a material that features a unique, highly detailed embossing registered to the document. If split, it leaves air gaps, and the end pages will not lie flat. Also, the inside front cover incorporates a letterpress serial number reproduced using specialist inks.

Therefore all the pages are numbered securely.

This process is difficult to replicate without specialist equipment; attempts to do so are recognized easily by border guards. Finally, Thales proposes a Moiré movement print effect.

This visual effect occurs when looking at a set of lines or dots suspended over another set of lines or dots. In this case, it is suspended over pre-embossed lines behind the print.

High-security printing for passport: The 2022 expert's guide (6)Moiré printing creates a wave effect when tilted on the 2017 Finnish e-passport.

Visa pages

Now let's turn to the visa pages

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What's the best way to resist attempts to counterfeit these?

The Thales design studio utilizes the latest print security software to produce technically challenging copy designs.

The aim is to ensure that pages cannot be moved to hide a travel history or official endorsements or transferred from one document to another. For the visa pages, specific design elements available include security printing and cross-page designs.

Cross-page design​

The inclusion of a cross-page design means that a forger trying to replace a single page would need to match up all the visible and invisible elements on a substrate that held the same UV reflectance level.

Each page is a single sheet that passes through the central stitching. It is further locked down at this point, making extraction challenging.

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Count on page numbering…

As we've already highlighted, Thales delivers passports with pages that are numbered consecutively throughout the booklet. It's an obvious way of reassuring that pages have not been removed to hide the holder's travel history.

There's more.

These numbers are incorporated within both the visible and invisible designwhen illuminated with UV at 365nm. They're also in offset print and incorporated into the design using bi-focusing lines, deliberate errors, and a see-through print register in at least three colors.

Bank on see-through for high-security printing​

'See-through'​ is a design motif made up of two parts. One image is printed on the front, the other in precise register on the reverse of the data page/visa page. Under transmitted light, both models become visible, creating a complete element.

This feature has been present in most banknotes for many years. It is adequate protection against copying since it requires a specific machine sold only to high-security printers. This enables printing simultaneously on both sides of the paper.

In contrast, counterfeiters will need to print one side of a page before flipping it over and printing on the reverse. This results in a blurry image – fraudsters cannot achieve a perfect alignment with the available equipment.

Special security printing inks and layers

​Remember, the ultimate aim is to make it so tricky, time-consuming, and expensive for a counterfeiter to replicate a passport that it simply isn't worth their while to try.

High-security printing for passport: The 2022 expert's guide (9)This illustration shows the Estonian ePassport under UV lighting. The document integrates invisible yellow, blue,and red inks and UV-sensitive fibers in the papers. These fibers are approximately 3mm long and 25 decitex thick (10,000 m of thread weighs 25g).

At Thales, we, therefore, add even more layers of complexity:

  • Close alignment of the print and cross-page designs makes removing a single page more difficult.
  • Microprinting and nano text, along with multiplex printing, make replication still more challenging.
  • All visa pages are printed on security paper that has no optical brightener.
  • Designs incorporate at least four colors and are rainbow printed.
  • Specialsecurity printinginks used are IR reflective or absorbent – but look identical in white light.
  • Thales also uses randomly distributed, visible, and invisible fibers, plus candy-striped fibers, all of which can react to long-wave (365nm) UV light. Furthermore, specific threads have a multi-UV reaction, which will fluoresce in two different colors, helping to authenticate the legitimacy of the substrate.
  • Fibers are inserted during the paper manufacturing process and appear randomly across the paper. Counterfeiters often simulate such visible and invisible threads using printing techniques, but they tend to drop the random patterns in doing so. Consequently, similar patterns on more than one page of a passport are a sure sign that something suspicious is going on.

High-security printing for passport: The 2022 expert's guide (10) Fibers can also have a multi-color UV reaction.

Watermark: an essentialelement of robust passport design

​Commonly used in banks and stamps, the watermark is probably the most widely recognized secure printing feature. And it remains a crucialelement of robust passport design.

High-security printing for passport: The 2022 expert's guide (11)The watermarks are a Level 1 feature -visible to the naked eye -incorporated using a mold specific to the customer's design during the papermaking process. It appears as various shades of light and dark when viewed by transmitted light, caused by density variations in the paper.

Thales employs a multi-toned cylinder mold watermark registered to the design for visa pages. To ensure optimum visibility, it is usually positioned in a reveal area. Also deployed is an electrotype or bright watermark identical on every visa page.

This can be used to provide additional information, such as page numbering.

More tell-tale signs of counterfeiting…
Watermarks are best viewed by holding the document up to the light or shining one through the paper. It is easy to verify, as a genuine watermark never reacts under UV light.

However, a chemically simulated one is likely to respond, providing another tell-tale sign of counterfeiting.

Embedded security threads in visa pages

​Thales inserts security threads into the visa pages in some of the passports it produces.

Like those used in banknotes, these are embedded directly into the paper during manufacturing.

They can be made from either plastic or metal, with customer-specific designsand covered by paper or 'windowed' (i.e., visible on the surface of the window at regular intervals).

A windowed thread can be seen below under UV and normal light in the Swedish passport. Thisplastic security thread inserted in the paper features a visual effect whereby images of airplanes are moving in the opposite direction when the thread is tilted.

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We're not through yet.

Edge design in visa pages

Edge design is also used in the fight against counterfeiting of visa pages. Thales prints a different part of the edge of each page.

When viewed edge-on and the pages are spread, these form words in offset print.

Seen from the opposite side, UV characters are visible. Each page has floating and static page numbers in visible and UV printing.

High-security printing for passport: The 2022 expert's guide (14)High-security printing is visibleat the edge – under normal light and UV light.

Chemical secure printing processes

Generally, there are only two main ways to remove an endorsement from a passport:

  1. Abrading the endorsement away or scratching it off with a scalpel
  2. Finding the correct solvent to dissolve the endorsement

Finding the right chemical is always tricky for a potential counterfeiter for the latter approach. Even then, pigmented indelible inks cannot easily be removed from the substrate.

There will almost always be a trace left behind, which can be seen under UV or IR light, or through damage to the paper fibers.

Water-based inks are easier to remove: border control authorities should ensure that the inks they use for control purposes are indelible or contain elements (such as UV reaction) that make them unique.

However, such an approach cannot be guaranteed. The threat of modification must be countered by secure printing processes and unique substrate and reagents within the paper sensitive to chemical attack.

Many of the techniques already detailed in this article will make any such attempts apparent. For example, watermarks will become severely degraded or damaged should the page be split or abraded.

Furthermore, Thales'security paper contains chemical sensitizers that react to solvents. As a result, if a chemical is used to remove a visa sticker or border entry/exit stamp, the reagents are activated, leaving a visible stain on the page.

Solvents would also damage the offset and UV elements, causing them to deteriorate. Besides, the base fluorescence around the affected area would change and become brighter.

Passport stitching and sewing

End pages play an essential role in protecting against access to the stitching, and hence the data pageby fraudsters.

In this article, we've already outlined how processes such as high-security printing, bonding, and ultra-thin paper make counterfeiting extremely difficult.

But we also use very fine sewing threads to secure the booklet pages to the end pages and covers. A combination of different materials and colors further guards against dismantling and reassembly.

During manufacture, an automated system uses a consistent process to sew each passport individually, to the same specification, using three different strands of high-security thread. These are pulled and twisted, giving an equal number of turns between each hole.

The top and bottom three stitches are back-stitched and held in place with a locking stitch.

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This is further sealed with spine tape containing a heat reactive adhesive that makes re-use of the thread impossible.

All stitch segments are of equal length. As the thread is made up of discrete strands, if dismantled, they separate easily.

You bet: this makes re-use extremely difficult, and any attempt at dismantling is readily identifiable.

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Cover Material as a security elementfor printing

Finally, we've got the cover covered too…

We use a latex saturated cover material. As already described, this is fully bonded with a combination of adhesives that adhere tothe cover and end pages to the passportpermanently.

The passport is stiff enough to lay flat yet flexible enough to permit secure bonding to the end pages.

The overall lesson of secure passport papers techniques and design

Over recent years, attention has inevitably focused on breakthrough technologies such as ICAO compliant embedded software and protection mechanisms (EAC, SAC).

But it is equally crucial that secure software, and new materials such as polycarbonate data pages, are not regarded as some form of "magic bullet."

Truly secure passport design is very much the sum of its parts, and that still includes a significant paper element.

Above all else, we have aimed to emphasize in this article that features such as end and visa pages are still high on the hit list for counterfeiters.

Equally, there are many security tools at the disposal of passport printers and their customers to fight document fraud​.

As a result, it is possible to deter even the most sophisticated efforts to modify and replicate genuine documentation with security printing techniques.

Any such attacks will beimmediately apparent to border control staff (equipped with or without a document reader) and other law enforcement bodies.

How can we help you design a highly secure passport?

Thales has acquired in-depth know-how on paper technologies as it has been delivering passports and ePassports since 1987. The company has an even more extendedhistory of security printing activities, including banknotes, stamps, and bonds dating back to 1885.

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At Thales, we believe in taking a comprehensive approach to security. That's why we strive to provide secure, durable, and innovative solutions.

We're proud to have successfully designed some of the most secure and attractive passports, IDs, and driver licenses to appear in recent years.

If you need more information on passport security design and the one block concept, visit ourreport Anatomy of a secure travel document.

Understand why authorities more and more selecta polycarbonate data page.

Now it's your turn

Do you think paper still matters too?

Please let us know if you've something to say on passport security design and paper elements, particularly a question to ask, or have found this article useful.

We'd also welcome any suggestions on how it could be improved or proposals for future articles.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Do I send two photos with passport application? ›

You must provide one photo with your passport application. All our photo policies apply to both adults and children. We have a few exceptions to our photo policies for infants. If you are renewing online, visit our Uploading a Digital Photo page.

Do you glue passport photos to application? ›

Photos should be stapled or glued to Form DS-82 or DS-11 (application for U.S. passport). If the photograph is stapled, the staples should be placed as far away as possible from the applicant's face. Photos taken in front of busy, patterned, or dark backgrounds will not be accepted.

Who prints US passports? ›

GPO has been producing U.S. passports since the 1920s. The United States Department of State began issuing e-passports in 2006.

Can you smile in passport photo? ›

Yes, you are able to smile for a passport photo in certain countries, although almost all all countries in the world require you to keep a neutral expression when submitting a picture. The only country with an exception is the United States. If you're an American citizen, you can choose to smile or not.

Should I paperclip my check to my passport application? ›

Simply print a form from the U.S. Department of State and paperclip your photo to the application, along with your old passport and a money order or check. The check must include your full name and date of birth.

What type of envelope should I mail my passport renewal in? ›

All Acceptance Facilities must use USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes (EP14F) OR USPS Priority Mail Express Flat Rate envelopes (EP13F) when mailing passport applications to the Department of State. No other form of trackable mail will be allowed for mailing passport applications.

Why do passport photos get rejected? ›

Head size or position may be incorrect

We need you to upload a new photo because the size and positioning of your head is not acceptable for a passport. If the person taking your photo is standing too close or too far away, your head may take up too much or too little of the photo.

What happens if you don't look like your passport photo? ›

You will have to get a new passport before your current one has expired if you have altered your appearance so much that your picture no longer resembles you.

What is not allowed in a passport photo? ›

Image can be rejected for the following reasons:

Women – excessive makeup, large earrings. Men – wearing makeup, earrings. Colored contact lenses that disguise the natural color of the applicant's eyes. Clear contact lenses however, are allowed.

How long does the passport printing process take? ›

If you use Post Passport and you have completed the application correctly, you should get the passport within 15 working days from the time we receive your application. However please note that this is a guideline rather than a guarantee so please apply in plenty of time (we recommend 6 weeks in advance of any travel).

How long does passport printing Take USA? ›

Routine Passport Processing

Applicants will normally receive their passports within 6-8 weeks from the time the U.S. Passport Agency receives the completed passport application.

Does passport printing happen on Saturday? ›

Does passport printing process works on Saturday? Yes, it works 24x7. But the matter is that you'll get it through speed post. If speed post works on Saturdays and Sundays then you'll get it on leave days too.

What color shirt should I wear for passport photo? ›

Choose Darker Colors

A white blouse with a white background will most likely get rejected, so your best bet is to stay away from light colors. Shades like black, dark blue, and brown are all safe options for your top, but you can also get away with wearing a brighter color so long as it's not overly distracting.

How can I look good in passport photos? ›

Tips for Taking Better Passport Photos
  1. Wear Flattering Clothes.
  2. Style Your Hair.
  3. Pose to Create a Natural Facelift.
  4. Smile with Your Eyes.
  5. Don't Be Afraid to Take More Photos.
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Should I staple the 2 pages of my passport application? ›

Staple the photo to the application. Please use 4 staples vertically in the corners as close to the outer edges as possible. See example below. Do not bend the photo.

Can I mess up on my passport application? ›

Passports are no longer amended. In order to change information on your passport, you must submit a new passport application. If you meet the specific criteria outlined below, you can use the no-fee passport amendment form, form DS-5504 , to apply for a new passport.

What part of passport should be scanned? ›

Include the front and back side of any document that has stamps, seals, or writing on the back.

Do I need to include a return envelope when renewing my passport? ›

Question: Do I have to include a self-addressed envelope with my renewal application to have my passport returned to me? Answer: There's no need to send a self-addressed envelope if you're sending it to the processing center directly. it is so very important to have it as soon as possible.

What documents should I carry for passport renewal appointment? ›

Documents Required
  • Identity Proof. A legally recognized document that indicates the complete name of the applicant. ...
  • Photographs. ...
  • Proof of Age. ...
  • Proof of Address. ...
  • Certain pages of the Applicant's Passport: ...
  • Old Passport: ...
  • Appointment Application Receipt.

Can I go to my local post office to get a passport? ›

Passports. Thousands of Post Offices accept first-time passport applications for the U.S. Department of State. Most of those locations can also take your passport photo.

Do you have to pay again if your passport photo is rejected? ›

It is very important that you do not make any errors on the second submission if you are resubmitting a fresh picture because you made a mistake with your previous submission. Otherwise, your passport application may be rejected altogether, requiring you to start over from the beginning by paying all the fee again.

On what basis can a passport be rejected? ›

The most common reason a passport is rejected is that the documents presented are incorrect. These documents are needed to check your identity, verify your date of birth, and also ECR status, i.e. Emigration Check is Required.

How strict are they on passport photos? ›

Photos must be high resolution, not blurry, grainy, or pixelated. The photo must be printed on matte or glossy photo-quality paper and cannot be digitally changed — so no photoshopping out blemishes or fixing red eye. The photo also can't have holes, creases, or smudges.

What should I put on my hair color for passport? ›

You can list either your current dyed color or your natural color. If your hair is an unusual color like pink or green, which isn't offered as an option, select your natural color. You're bald. Select the hair color that matches your eyebrows or beard.

Why can't you wear a white shirt for a passport photo? ›

Wear a Color Other Than White

Your passport photo must have a plain white background, so if you wear a white shirt, it may blend into the background and leave you looking like a floating head.

Can you wear heavy makeup in passport photo? ›

f you are still uncertain about if you are allowed to wear make-up before taking a passport photo, we are here to give you the concrete answer: Yes, you can wear make-up in a passport photo if you wish to and it's not against the official requirements of a passport photo.

Can you wear lipstick in a passport photo? ›

Can you wear makeup in a passport photo? Simply put, yes, you can wear makeup for most passport photos, but, it is important that it should look natural.

Can I wear earrings in my passport photo? ›

Yes! You can wear jewelry in your passport photo, so long as it doesn't obscure your face. We recommend a subtle pair of studs or a simple pendant necklace.

How long does Walgreens take to print passport photos? ›

In one hour or less, Walgreens will provide you with two perfectly sized, professional-quality passport photos that meet U.S. government requirements listed on the U.S. Department of State's website. This includes the use of advanced biometric tools.

How do you know if your passport is being processed? ›

Check Online

Go to the Online Passport Status System to check your application status if you applied by mail or in person. Check your MyTravelGov account if you renewed online. You may not be able to get a status update for 2 weeks after you apply or renew.

How many passports get printed per day? ›

We issued 1,745,340 passports – that's 7,009 each business day.

What is the current wait for a passport? ›

The vast majority of all passport applications are being dealt with well within 10 weeks. However, a passport can only be issued once all the checks have been completed satisfactorily and will take longer if applications are submitted with missing or incomplete information.

How long does it take to dispatch passport once it is printed? ›

After passport printing is initiated, how long does it take to dispatch passport? After the passport printing is initiated, the passport is despatched within 7–10 days.

Can passport be made in 3 days? ›

How long will it take to get a Tatkaal passport? A: After successful application form submission, with final status as "Granted", you can expect your passport to be dispatched on third working day excluding the date of submission of application - without waiting for the Police Verification Report.

How can I speed up my passport process? ›

What you can do to speed up your passport application
  1. Ensure your paperwork is correct.
  2. Allow enough time for your application.
  3. Speed up the process by using 'Fast Track' or 'Premium' options.
  4. For more information, contact the Passport Office Adviceline:
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Where is passport printing done? ›

At present, passports are printed and laminated at the central Indian passport printing systems (CIPPS) installed at Patiala House in Delhi and are sent to embassies and consulates by post, where they are stamped and handed over to the applicants.

Should you smile in a passport photo? ›

We recommend always keeping your passport photo smile at bay and using a neutral expression any time you are renewing or applying for a passport. It not only helps quicken your time going through customs, it also assures for easier facial recognition.

What is the best dress for passport photo? ›

What clothes should you wear for a passport photo?
  • Choose dark clothes that clearly have contrast with background.
  • The best option would be a black t-shirt.
  • Remember, that your chin must be visible.
  • No hats or scarfs covering your head (except for religious reasons)
  • You cannot wear a uniform.

Who takes the best passport photos? ›

The three largest pharmacy chains in the United States are CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens. All three of these chains and more can provide good passport photos for you. All total these 3 chains have over 20,000 locations, so you should have no problem finding a location to take your passport photo.

How blurry is too blurry for passport photo? ›

Passport photos require the size of your head to be between 1 and 1-3/8 inches (25 – 35mm) within a 2 X 2 inch frame. use the State Department's smart photo tool to crop your photo to meet distance guidelines. Blurry, grainy, and pixilated photos will not be accepted.

Can you smile with teeth in passport photo? ›

Can I smile in my passport photo? Yes, but make sure both your eyes are open and your mouth is closed in your photo.

Does hair have to be behind ears in passport photo? ›

Concerning the need to tuck your long hair behind your ears, the manual says nothing. What it does state is that "the photograph must be clear with a centered, full frontal view of the applicant's facial image." This is followed by the declaration that "the ears do not have to be visible."

How many photos are required for passport application? ›

Yes, all applicants need to carry two coloured photographs (size 4.5 x 3.5 cm) with white background. Applicants should affix photographs on the printed copy of the online filled application form.

Do you staple passport application pages together? ›

Question: Should I staple the 2 pages of my DS-82 form together? Answer: We recommend using a paper clip instead. Question: My wife and I need to have our passport renewals expedited.

How many passport photos do I need for Uscis? ›

Applicants using Form DS-260

If you are applying for an immigrant visa, using Form DS-260, you must provide two (2) identical photos at your immigrant visa interview. Your photos must be: Printed on photo quality paper. 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size.

How many ID photos do you need for a passport? ›

Two colour photographs that comply with the Passport and ID Photograph Specifications (NOT needed at smartcard offices as ID images are captured digitally) Pay the prescribed fee for the passport.

What should I carry for passport appointment? ›

Carry the printed copy of appointment receipt or show appointment details SMS at the counter. Check Document Advisor on website 'www.passportindia.gov.in' to know the documents required. Carry original documents and their self-attested photocopies.

Do I need to print all 6 pages of the passport application? ›

You should type or print legibly when completing all sections of the application. You should PRINT OUT AND SUBMIT ONLY ONE-SIDED PAGES OF THE APPLICATION FORM.

Why do you need 2 blank pages in passport? ›

Blank pages

This requirement could be for either an entry stamp or a visa. Countries that require a passport to have a blank page in order to be stamped include Mexico, Canada, the UK and Germany. Italy, Sweden, Singapore and Iceland along with several others require at least two blank pages for an entry stamp.

What if my passport pages are full? ›

You need to apply for "Re-issue" of passport with reason “Exhaustion of Pages”. A new passport would be issued to you with a new number and fresh validity.

How strict is Uscis about photos? ›

All photos must meet size and image specifications. ➢ Photos must be of the applicant only. ➢ Where more than one photo is required, all photos of the person must be identical. coverings are not acceptable on immigration photographs.

What do I write on the back of passport photo? ›

What your countersignatory must write on your photo. Your countersignatory should write the following on the back of one photo: 'I certify that this is a true likeness of [title and full name of adult or child who is getting the passport].' They must add their signature and the date under the statement.

What hairstyle is best for passport photo? ›

What's the best hairstyle for a passport photo? Passport photo hair rules are not very strict, applicants only need to make sure that their face is fully visible. Generally, it's advisable to stick to modest and elegant hairstyles, avoiding extravagant ones. If you have long hair, tying it back is usually a good idea.

What color should I wear for ID photo? ›

Try to stick with a soft color, such as blue, green or pink. You can wear black or white if they are not solids, and there are other colors mixed in. You should avoid wearing tee shirts with slogans or pictures.

Do passport photos need driving licence? ›

What Type of Photo is Required for a UK Driving Licence? The photo you provide must have been taken in the past few months, be in colour, and the proper, passport-size for the ID that is being applied which includes the following; Provisional Driver's Licence. Renewing Your Driver's Licence.

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