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How to Get Passport Photos in the United Kingdom

Verified by 1 expert: Eleanor Hughes

If you need to get passport photos in the United Kingdom, there are several options available to you. Here are some of the most common ways to get biometric pictures or passport photos in the UK:

From a photo kiosk

You can get passport photos at a photo booth (photo kiosk) in many locations throughout the UK. These machines are easy to use and will print several copies of your photo. You can find a list of photo machines on Google Maps or Passbilder.net.

At a photography studio

Photography studios can take pictures and cut them to the correct size for your passport. The cost of this service can range from £5 to £15. Some popular photography studios in the UK include Snappy Snaps, Max Spielmann, and Jessops.

At the Post Office

Many Post Offices in the UK offer a passport photo service. You can find your nearest Post Office that offers this service on the Post Office website.

Tips for taking passport photos

When taking passport photos, it is important to follow the guidelines to ensure that your photos are accepted. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • The photo must clearly show your facial features from the bottom of the chin to the crown (the top of the head, not the top of the hair) as well as the left and right sides of the face. The face must take up 70 – 80% of the photo.
  • The photo must be printed on high-quality paper with a print resolution of at least 600 dpi (especially when taken with a digital camera).
  • No head coverings should be worn for photos; the passport authority may make exceptions for religious reasons.
  • No parts of uniforms should be visible in the photos.

Sources

  1. Google Maps list of photo machines in the UK
  2. [Snappy Snaps, Max Spielmann, and Jessops websites](https://www.snappysnaps.co.uk/passport-photoshttps://www.maxphoto.co.uk/passport-photoshttps://www.jessops.com/services/passport-photos)
  3. Post Office website on passport photo service
  4. UK government website on passport photo guidelines

Expert Verified

Eleanor Hughes is an advisor for NextGen, specializing in UK bureaucracy. Her expertise focuses on regulatory frameworks and compliance strategies, aiding businesses in navigating the complexities of the United Kingdom’s bureaucratic system.
Eleanor Hughes, UK Bureaucracy Insights Director, TNGB United Kingdom