To understand what is biometric passport photo, we need to know what is biometric passport first: A biometric passport is a combined paper and e-passport that contains biometric data that can be used to authenticate the identity of travelers, it use smart card technology.That mean it will have a chip place inside the passport The chip contains information about the holder’s face – such as the distances between eyes, nose, mouth and ears.
As the biometric passport uses your passport photo to generate the biometric data. It need you to provide the photos that follow with the standards( ISO/IEC-standard 19794-5 ) and the government’s requirement. Follow those guideline will help you to provide suitable passport photos so that your application won’t be delayed.
In here, we list a UK and a US passport photo standard as a sample, just to let you know what is the standard looks like.
UK passport photo specifications:
The passport photo size of United Kingdom is 45 mm high x 35 mm wide. the height of head must between 29 mm and 34 mm.
The background colour of UK passport photo must be plain cream or plain light grey.
US passport photo specifications:
The passport photo size of United States is 2 x 2 inches(5.08 x 5.08 cm) , the height of head must between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm). the photo also need included the top of the hair and shoulders.
The background of passport photo must be plain white or off-white.