Standards for Passport Photograph

Posted by admin on April 2nd, 2012 — Posted in Passport

The External Affairs Ministry of India is very strict about the requirement of the documents for issuing passport. There are certain standards that need to be followed while providing a photograph for the passport. If the applicant submits the application for passport at a Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or a mini Passport Seva Kendra (Mini Psk), the applicant’s photograph will be taken at the Service Counter.

Whereas, if the applicant submits the application for the passport at a District Passport Cell(DPC) or a Speed Post Cntre(SPC) or a Citizen Service Centre(CSC), then the applicant is required to paste a passport size photograph on the application form. The size of the photograph should be 4.5cmx3.5c.m.

Note: If the applicant is a minor and below 4 years of age, the applicant must carry a passport size photograph when visiting a Passport Seva Kendra(PSK) or Mini Passport Seva Kendra(MiniPSK). The photograph must be on a white background and a clear image.

There are certain checks that the applicant must keep while providing the photograph for the application of passport. The following is the list of Dos and Don’ts


  • The photograph provided should not be more than 6 months old.
  • Four copies of the same photograph are required. One is required for the application form, 2 copies of the same photograph are to be pasted on the PP form, the other copy is required for the passport.
  • The passport size photograph is to be pasted within the box meant for affixing the photo in the form. The size of the photograph should be 4.5c.m.x3.5c.m.
  • The photograph should be on a light background, preferably white and the applicant must be wearing dark colored clothes.
  • The frontal view of the full face of the applicant should be clearly visible in the photograph.
  • The photograph should be printed on a thin photo paper or stock. It should of a continuous-tone quality.
  • The face should bear a normal expression. Grinning, frowning or raising eyebrows is not allowed. The eyes should be open and both the edges of the face should be visible.
  • The head should be in the centre of the frame with both the ears should be visible in the photograph.


  • Black and white photographs are not allowed.
  • The size of the photograph should not be smaller than the box (4.5cm in length and 3.5 cm in width).
  • The background of the photo should not be dark. Photos in uniform or with eyes hidden with dark glasses will be rejected.
  • Do not sign the photograph.
  • The eyes should not be covered by hair and the glares of the spectacles should be avoided by tilting the glasses a little.
  • Computer print photograph is not acceptable.
  • Don’t provide a torn or creased photo.
  • Except for religious reasons, head coverings are not acceptable. The face should be visible from forehead to chin.
  • Don’t provide a photograph cut from any other or group photograph.

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