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U.S. Passport Photo Specifications

To make your own passport photo, there have some several things you need to know. this article will show you how to make your own U.S. passport photo.

The passport photo size of United States is 2 x 2 inches(5.08 x 5.08 cm) , but you may also need to make sure  the height of head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin of the portrait to the top of the head. the photo also need included the top of the hair and shoulders.

The background of passport photo must be plain white or off-white.

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Uniforms should not be worn in the passport photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily. hat or any head covering, headphones, wireless hands-free devices(or other similar items), dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses is NOT acceptable. but the normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo.

Face, Lighting and Shadows:
The photo should be taken in full-face view, facing the camera and need to be taken in a well-lit environment, shadows can not cover the face of the portrait. the expression of the photo should be neutral, smile is omitted and the mouth should be remain closed. In addition to the lighting of the passport photo, the contrast should be normal, Most of the default camera settings should fine.

Other requirements:
The photo must be in color and printed on high quality photo paper.

You may also visit the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs of U.S. for more infomation about the standard: http://travel.state.gov/passport/pptphotoreq/pptphotoreq_5333.html