Make Philippines Passport / Visa Photo Online

How idPhotoDIY works

Step 1: Take passport photo using smart phone or digital camera.

  • Take the photo in front of a plain background such as white wall or screen.
  • Make sure that there are no other objects in the background.
  • Make sure there are no shadows on your face or on the background.
  • Position the camera in the same height as the head.
  • Shoulders should be visible, and there should be enough space around the head for cropping the photo.

Step 2: Upload the photo to make passport size photo.

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Passport Photo Size and Requirements

  • Photos must be 4.5 x 3.5 cm in size.
  • Head size must be between 32 mm and 36 mm or 70 - 80% of the photo.

Example Photos

Philipines passport photo

Other Passport / Visa Photo Rules, Guidelines, and Specifications

  • RECENT PHOTO: Photograph should have been taken from a photo studio within the last six (6) months. Photos taken from Photo-Me machines shall not be accepted.
  • SIZE: Photograph size is 4.5 x 3.5 cms.
  • POSE: Full frontal
  • IMAGE SIZE: Image of the applicant should occupy approximately 70 – 80% of the photograph.
  • CROPPING: There should be at least 8 mm – 10 mm space at the top of the photo between the edge of the photo and the crown/head of the person to allow for “cropping” of the photo.
  • MATTE PAPER PREFERRED: Photograph should be printed on good quality photo paper, preferably matte.
  • CLEAN AND CLEAR PHOTOGRAPH: Photograph should be free from ink marks, dirt, grease, finger prints and paste stains.
  • USE OF COLLARED SHIRT: Applicant’s photograph should show him/her wearing decent attire with collar (no short sleeves/sleeveless/plunging necklines for women).
  • EYEGLASSES: Use of eyeglasses is acceptable provided there is no glare from the glasses and the eyes are distinctly shown.
  • EARS SHOULD BE VISIBLE: As much as possible, both ears of the applicant should be visible.
  • HEAD SCARF/ VEIL: Use of head scarf for religious or medical reasons is allowed (i.e., Muslim women/nuns/cancer patients with hair loss/Alopecia). However, the scarf should not cover the eyebrows/eyes.
  • CAPS/ HEADGEARS: Use of caps or head gear is not allowed.
  • USE OF CONTACT LENSES: Use of contact lenses for medical reasons is all right PROVIDED the contact lenses do not change the applicant’s true eye color.
  • USE OF EARRINGS: Use of earrings is acceptable for women ONLY provided the earrings are small.

The following photos are automatically rejected:

  • Photo with red eye effect
  • Dirty photos
  • Image of the face is either too big or too small
  • Wrong background color
  • Poor quality photo (washed out image/ unnatural skin tone)
  • Photo does not resemble applicant


How to make Philippines Passport / Visa photo at home

Step 1: Use a digital camera or a smartphone

Find someone to take the photo for you and selfie photo is not acceptable for passport photo application. If you have a tripod, use it. A tripod will make it easier to keep the camera steady and level. The distance of the person to the camera should be around 1 meter.

Step 2: Find a venue with good lighting

When taking photo, you should face the light, such as a nice bright window or the door. This can provide even lighting to avoid shadows on the face and background. The face must be evenly lit. There should be no shadows and glares on the face.

Note: No need to worry about the background as our online passport photo generator will automatically remove or change the background for you.

unacceptable passport photo

Step 3: Wear properly for your passport photo

Do not wear uniforms. Wear regular street clothes in your photo.

Do not wear eyeglasses. If you wear glasses, sunglasses, or tinted glasses, take them off for your passport photo.

Your face must still be fully visible.  Don’t let your hair drape over your face and obscure your eyes. If you have very long bangs that cover your eyebrows, you should pin them back with bobby pins. It’s best if your ears show, as well, but that won’t cause your photo to be rejected.

No hats are allowed in passport photos unless it is religious headgear such as a headscarf or yarmulke that you wear every day.

acceptable passport photo

Step 4: Pose for a passport

Look straight towards the camera with face straight on. Head should not be tilted or rotated.

Both ears showing or both edges of the face visible if hair covers the ears.

Shoulders should be visible, and there should be enough space around the head for cropping the photo.

Position the camera in the same height as the head.

unacceptable passport photo

unacceptable passport photo

Step 5: Have a neutral facial expression

You can smile in your passport photos, but the government prefers that you have a neutral facial expression.

Smiling or having your mouth open is usually not acceptable, especially under the new international passport rules.

acceptable passport photo

Unacceptable passport photo


Good and bad examples of passport photos

Example of passport photos

Printed passport photos

Online Passport Photo Generator

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