How to Renew Your U.S. Passport
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U.S. Passport Photographs
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You must submit two (2) photographs in order to renew your U.S. Passport by mail.

Your two (2) photographs must meet all of the following requirements:
  • Identical
  • In color
  • 2 x 2 inches in size
  • Taken within the past six (6) months, showing current appearance
  • Full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background
  • Between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
  • Taken in normal street attire:
    • Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious attire that is worn daily
    • Do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline
    • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture
    • Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required)
For Guidance on How to Take Quality Photographs for U.S. Passports go to:

Finally, we’ll wrap us this article with a few things to keep in mind.