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Applicant Photo Guidelines

There are three ways to provide your Passport photo for your online application. These are detailed below.

1. Photo with a Code (Available in Ireland only)

You can get your photo code in three easy steps:

  • Visit a participating photo provider who will take your passport photo

Find a photo provider

  • You will receive a unique code to use on your online application
  • This unique code will be used to access your passport photo when completing your online application 

2. Photo Provider

You can get your digital photo in three easy steps:

  • Visit a photo provider, for example, a pharmacy or photographer who will take your photo and provide it to you in digital form
  • Your photo can be either emailed to you or it can be saved to a digital storage device such as a USB key
  • Your photo must be accessible on the device you are using to apply online 

3. Photo Taken at Home

Get someone to take your photo:

  • You cannot take a ‘selfie’ or use a webcam
  • You can take a photo with a digital camera or smart phone, but the zooming function on the smartphone should not be used
  • The photo must capture your image from head to mid torso (your photo will be cropped to the correct size for a passport photo during the online application process)
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Guidelines for Pose and Visuals:

  • You need to stand in front of a completely plain, light grey, white or cream background
  • No objects such as door panels or plants should be visible in your passport photo
  • Your photo must be in focus, lighting and colour should be balanced, not too dark or too light
  • There must not be any shadows on your face or behind your head
  • Ensure your facial features are clearly visible, hair should not cover any part of the eyes
  • Glasses can be worn in your photo, provided the frame is not covering any part of your eyes and there is no glare on the lenses.
  • Make sure your expression is neutral, you are not smiling and your mouth is closed
  • Do not tilt your head up/down or left/right. Look straight into the camera
  • Please ensure there is visible space between your head and shoulders and the edge of your photo