General photograph guidelines

Your passport photos

You must provide two recent identical colour photographs of yourself with your completed passport application. One of these photographs must be endorsed by your guarantor with the words “this is a true photo of (insert name)” unless you are submitting an application for a passport renewal using form PC7.

For technical advice please read the Camera operator guidelines

Photographs must be no more than six months old.

Warning: Unacceptable photos will delay the processing of your application.

The Australian Passport Office does not approve photograph outlets or photograph providers.

The following guidelines will help you provide suitable photographs, so that your application is not delayed by having to submit new photographs in the required format.


Your photograph must be between 35-40mm wide and 45-50mm high. It should show your head and top of shoulders close up, so that the face measures between 32mm and 36mm from the bottom of the chin to the crown (ie top of head without hair).

General requirements

  • Good quality colour, gloss prints
  • Plain, light-coloured background (e.g. cream, pale blue or white)
  • Appropriate brightness and contrast showing your skin tones naturally
  • Uniform lighting (no shadows across or behind the face)
  • Clear and sharply focused image.

hair across

eyes closed

not looking at


washed out



The photograph must:

  • Be taken with a neutral expression and your mouth closed (not laughing or frowning
  • Show your shoulders square on (not looking over shoulder)
  • Show your face looking straight at the camera, not tilted sideways or up or down
  • Show the edges of your face (hair out of face)
  • Show your eyes open and clearly visible, (nothing obscuring eyes, including hair)
  • Not show any shadows or ‘red eye’
  • Not show any reflections on glasses or face
  • Have no ink or other marks
  • Show no head coverings (except for religious purposes).

head tilted/
portrait style

flash reflection
on skin

red eye

not a neutral


too close

too far away

too dark

too light



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 bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown.

on head

wearing a hat


full face
not visible


face edges
not visible



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:

  • They must show your eyes clearly
  • There should be no flash reflection off the glasses
  • Lenses should not be tinted
  • Heavy framed galsses should not be worn
  • Frames should not cover any part of your eyes.

Note: SmartGate, the automated border processing system, uses facial images contained in the passport 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.

heavy frames


too dark

flash reflection
on lenses

covering eyes


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.

hand visible


eyes closed

looking away

mouth open/
face covered


shows another

child's toy

across eye


behind head