Guidelines for Producing High Quality Photographs for U.S. Travel Documents


    CamaraTechnological advances have changed the way passport and visa photos may be taken and the way that the U.S. Department of State processes the photos. This website is designed to help photographers ensure that:

    • Customers are accurately represented and
    • Photos are free of common defects that cause delays

    The Guide for Professional Photographers is divided in the links below.  The Guide presents the latest recommendations for passport and visa photographs. Please take the time to become familiar with the information provided. With your help producing good quality photos for U.S. passports and U.S. visas, the Department of State can process the applications efficiently. As a result, we will both have satisfied customers!


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