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New Zealand Passport (online applications) Photo 33x44 mm (3.3x4.4 cm) Size and Requirements

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Country New Zealand
Document type Passport (online applications)
Passport picture size Width: 33 mm, Height: 44 mm
Resolution (DPI) 600
Image definition parameters Head must be between 70 to 80 % of the photograph from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
Background color White
Printable photo Yes
Digital photo for online submission Yes
Digital photo size Width: 1800 pixels , Height: 2400 pixels
Photo Paper type matte
Detailed requrements

Your photo must meet these requirements whether it is digital or paper. It needs to be taken within the last 6 months.

Photo requirements

  • No background shadow. Stand half a metre away from the background so you don't get a shadow.  
  • Have a gap around the head. It helps if you can show part of the shoulders and have space above the head. 
  • Eyes in full view. You can wear glasses but the rims cannot hide part of the eyes. 
  • No glare. If your glasses create a glare, take them off. 
  • Neutral expression. No smiling. 
  • Face in full view. Nothing (like a hat, hood, scarf) should hide any part of the face. 

Framing the photo

Refer to Figure 1 (below) for help with correct framing of the subject. Use values for A, B, C and D to correctly position the head. Frame the photo so that:

  • The subject is centred with the midpoints of the mouth and nose lying on an imaginary vertical centreline.
  • The length of the head is equal to A
  • The width of the head is equal to B
  • The eyes are positioned between points C and D
  • Ensure there is a clear gap (visible background) around the entire head, including the hair and/or ears.

Image showing head and shoulders photo where head takes up approx 70% of the pho

Figure 1 - Framing the subject

Digital photos

You need:

  • file type - .JPG or .JPEG

  • file size - between 250 KB to 10 M

  • aspect ratio  - 4:3

  • pixels - no less than 1200 wide by 900 high or no greater than 6000 wide by 4500 high (show diagrams)

Image of aspect ratio 4:3

Rotate the camera or mobile phone for a portrait photo.

Image of a camera that is rotated for a portrait photo

Paper photos

You need:

  • aspect ratio  - 4:3

  • two identical photos

Source http://www.passports.govt.nz/Electronic-photo-standards

Do not worry about the photo size requirements. IDPhotoDIY online tool will help you make correct New Zealand Passport (online applications) size photos.

How to make New Zealand Passport (online applications) photo online

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.

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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.

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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.

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Unacceptable passport photo


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