Save time by having your passport photo taken at the City of Charlotte Passport Acceptance Facility when you present your application!
The fee for a passport photo is $15.00. Payment for the photo is accepted in check or money order only.
Should you choose to have your passport photo taken elsewhere, a single, color photo, meeting the passport photo requirements bellow is required:
While uniforms, such as military or police, may not be worn, religious clothing worn daily may be so long as it is not obscuring the face. Except for religious purposes, no hats or head coverings are permitted. A signed statement regarding religious headgear will be requested.
Photo must not show head phones or a wireless device, such us Bluetooth headset or earbuds, with the exception to hearing aids, should they be normally and consistently worn.
Glasses must be removed for a passport photo even if glasses are routinely worn, unless submitting a signed medical statement stating that glasses cannot be removed due to medical reasons. In this case, frames must not cover the eye(s) nor there be glare, shadows, or refraction on eyeglasses that obscure the eye(s).
Pose and Expression
While a natural smile is accepted, a neutral facial expression is preferred. The subject must be facing the camera and looking straight ahead, with shoulders square to camera, and both eyes open and clearly visible.
Obscuring the Face
Full face must be visible and free of shadows and without hair or clothing obscuring the face. An accessory or facial decoration is acceptable if it is normally and consistently worn and does not obscure the face, such as: jewelry, piercings, wigs, and hearing aids.
Must be a plain, white or off-white, shadow-free background with no other person appearing in the photo.
Size, Resolution, and Image Specifications
The passport photograph must be 2 x 2 inches in size with the image size, being measured from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head (including hair), not be less than one inch or more than 1 3/8 inches.
The photo must be undamaged and have been taken within the past 6 months, without visible pixels, printer dots, or smudges, on matte or glossy quality paper. Photo must have the subject in focus and be sharp with fine detail, while representing a good likeness of the subject.
Lighting, Color, Contrast, and Brightness
Photos must not contain red eye, shadows on face or background or shine or hotspots.
Lighting must be sufficiently bright so that facial features are clearly visible, with illumination uniformly across the face. Pupils and irises must be clearly visible.
Digital Alteration and Retouching
Photo cannot be altered, adjusted, retouched, or manipulated, including but not limited to: digital or darkroom techniques such as airbrushing, image enhancing, photo retouching, adjustments to aspect ratio, or adjustments being made to facial features or to the image's background
Head Size and Position
Head must be centered, facing forward, with the camera not too close or too far away from the subject.
For more information on passport photo requirements, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State.