Photograph guidelines

Key points

  • You must provide two identical colour photographs of yourself with your completed passport application
  • The photographs must be no more than six months old and should meet the guidelines set out below
  • These guidelines are necessary to safeguard your identity and facilitate your travel

These guidelines will help you provide suitable photographs, so that your application is not delayed by having to submit new photographs in the required format. One of the two photographs you submit must be endorsed (signed) by your guarantor. This endorsement is not required if you are submitting an application for a passport renewal using form PC7

Note: The Australian Passport Office does not approve photographic outlets or photograph providers

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Specific photograph requirements:

Head coverings

The photograph must show you without any hat or other head covering. However, if you wear a head covering for religious reasons we will accept a photograph of you wearing it, but your facial features from the bottom of the chin to the top of the forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown.

Glasses

It is preferable that you do not wear your glasses in your passport photo. However, you may do so if you wish. If you do choose to wear glasses:

Note: SmartGate, the automated border processing system, uses facial images contained in the passports to verify the passport holder. It is important that passport holders present themselves close to how they appear in their passport photograph i.e. with or without glasses.

Children and Babies

The photograph should show the baby or child awake, looking straight at the camera with mouth closed and nothing covering the mouth. It should also show both edges of the face clearly (no toys, blankets, chair backs or other people visible) and no hair across the eyes.

Detailed guidelines for photographers are available on our website at www.passports.gov.au/Web/Requirements/PhotographGuidelines.aspx. Further examples of acceptable and non-acceptable photographs are available at https://www.passports.gov.au/Web/Requirements/Photos.aspx

Acceptable and not acceptable images

hair across eyes or face
hair across
eyes/face
Not Acceptable
eyes closed
eyes closed
Not Acceptable
not looking at camera
not looking at
camera
Not Acceptable
Looking direct at camera and no head tilt
Looking direct at camera
and no head tilt
Acceptable
washed out color
washed out
colour
Not Acceptable
pixelated
pixelated
Not Acceptable
acceptable
Acceptable
head tilted portrait style
head tilted/
portrait style
Not Acceptable
acceptable
Acceptable
flash reflection on skin
flash reflection
on skin
Not Acceptable
red eye
red eye
Not Acceptable
not a neutral expression
not a neutral
expression
Not Acceptable
neutral expression
Neutral Expression
Acceptable
too close
too close
Not Acceptable
too far away
too far away
Not Acceptable
too dark
too dark
Not Acceptable
too light
too light
Not Acceptable
ink marked or creased
ink
marked/creased
Not Acceptable
acceptable
Acceptable
sunglasses on head
sunglasses
on head
Not Acceptable
wearing a hat
wearing a hat
Not Acceptable
acceptable
Acceptable
full face not visible
full face not visible
Not Acceptable
acceptable
Acceptable
face edges not visible
face edges not visible
Not Acceptable
acceptable
Acceptable
heavy frames
heavy frames
Not Acceptable
acceptable
Acceptable
lenses too dark
lenses
too dark
Not Acceptable
flash reflection on lenses
flash reflection
on lenses
Not Acceptable
frames covering eyes
frames
covering eyes
Not Acceptable
acceptable
Acceptable
parent`s hand visible
parent's
hand visible
Not Acceptable
dark background
dark
background
Not Acceptable
eyes closed
eyes closed
Not Acceptable
looking away
looking away
Not Acceptable
mouth open, face covered
mouth open/
face covered
Not Acceptable
acceptable
Acceptable
shows another person
shows another
person
Not Acceptable
child`s toy visible
child's toy
visible
Not Acceptable
acceptable
Acceptable
hair across eye
hair
across eye
Not Acceptable
acceptable
Acceptable
shadows behind head
shadows
behind head
Not Acceptable
acceptable
Acceptable


Please safeguard your passport

Remember to safeguard your passport at all times. When travelling overseas, it is often the only proof of identity that will be accepted. Please store you passport in the wallet provided to prevent damage. Additional fees apply to replace lost or stolen passports.

Further Information:

For the latest information about passports and copies of our other publications, visit our website, www.passports.gov.au or call the Australian Passport Information Service (APIS) 131 232 in Australia. If you are overseas, contact an Australian diplomatic mission or consulate.

For travel advice and practical information to help you prepare for safe overseas travel, go to www.smartraveller.gov.au

Accessibility

If you are not fluent in English, you can use the Australian Government's Translating and Interpreting Service at your passport interview at no cost. If you need an interpreter or are visually impaired and need general passport information, please call APIS on 131 232

If you are deaf, or have a hearing impairment or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service: TTY users telephone 133 677 and Speak and Listen users telephone 1300 555 727. Ask for APIS on 131 232.

We value your comments

We work hard to improve our service to you and we welcome your input about how our staff can make it even better. Please submit any compliments, complaints or comments to us in any of the following ways:

Online:

Telephone:

APIS 131 232

In writing:

Communications Unit
Australian Passport Office
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
R G Casey Building
John McEwan Crescent
BARTON ACT 0021