How idPhotoDIY works
Create your passport / visa photos online for printing and online submission

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How it works

1. Take a picture

Use a white wall as background, take several photos with a camera or smartphone

2. Crop the photo

Crop your photo to the correct ID or passport size photo. Over 50 templates available!

3. Download and print

Download your photo and print it at any photo store or online. Single digital photo is also available.

Passport Photos in New York

United States Passport Photo Size and Requirements at the New York City

  • Taken within the past six months
  • Make sure the background is white or off-white
  • It is essential that your facial expression is neutral or that you smile naturally, while your eyes are open.
  • Make sure you are facing the camera straight on with your entire face visible.
  • Taken in clothing normally worn on a daily basis
  • Make sure the size is correct
    • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)
    • Head must be between 1 -1 3/8 inches (25 - 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
  • Printed on matte or glossy photographic paper
  • Printed in color
  • Hands-free devices and headphones are not permitted in the photo.
  • You cannot wear glasses.
    • You must submit a signed note from your doctor if you cannot remove your glasses due to medical reasons.
  • No hats or head coverings are allowed.
  • If you wear a hat or head covering solely for religious purposes, please submit a signed statement clarifying that the hat or head covering in your picture is part of recognized, traditional religious attire that is frequently worn or required in public.
  • Whenever you wear a hat or head covering for medical reasons, submit a signed doctor's statement stating that the hat or head covering in the picture is used every day for medical purposes.
  • Hats and head coverings cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadows on your face and your entire face must be visible.

Other Passport / Visa Photo Rules, Guidelines, and Specifications

Am I allowed to wear sunglasses, glasses, or tinted glasses in my passport photo?
No, you will need to take them off for your passport photo.

You must submit a signed note from your doctor if you cannot remove your glasses due to medical reasons.

Can I wear a hat or headcover in my photo?
You may wear a hat or head covering, but you must submit a signed statement clarifying that the hat or head covering is part of recognized, traditional religious attire that is frequently worn or required  in public or a signed doctor's statement verifying the item is used daily for medical purposes.

Hats and head coverings cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadows on your face and your entire face must be visible.


How should I pose for my photo?
Face the camera with your head centered in the frame and not tilted, and display a neutral expression or a natural smile.

Can I smile in my passport photo?
Yes, However, the smile must be natural and unexaggerated.


Is a uniform allowed in my photo?

No,you are not allowed to wear a uniform, clothing that looks like a uniform, or camouflage attire.


Can I remove red-eye from my photo?
No, you can not digitally remove red eye. You will have to submit a new photo without red eye. 

Do you have any tips on taking a photo of a baby or toddler?
When taking a photo of your baby or toddler, no other person should be in the photo.

Lay your baby on his or her back on flat surface(no need to worry about the background, our website will automatically remove the background). Make certain there are no shadows on your baby's face, especially if you take a picture from above. Taking a picture of your child in the car seat may also be helpful. 

Take as many photos as you can in one shot with your camera in burst mode.

Is it acceptable for my child's eye to be closed in his or her photo?
It is acceptable for an infant's eyes to be partially or completely closed. All other children must have both their eyes open.

Should I take a new photo if my appearance has changed (grown a beard, dyed my hair)?
Only if your appearance has significantly changed from since your passport was issued. A new beard or colored hair would not constitute a significant change. You do not need to apply for a new passport if you can still be identified by your photo in your current passport.

You may have to apply for a new passport if you have:

  • Undergone significant facial surgery or trauma
  • Added or removed numerous/large facial piercings or tattoos
  • Undergone a significant amount of weight loss or gain
  • Made a gender transition

If the appearance of your child under the age of 16 has changed due to the natural aging process, you do not need to apply for a new passport for your child.

Example Photos

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Example Photos for Children

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Where To Get Passport Photos Near United States New York?

Making your passport photo in our website is the most efficient way. All you have to do is to take your photo with your mobile phone and upload to our website. Our website will remove background and generate a digital and a printable photo for you within seconds. It saves time and money!

Alternatively, You can get your photo taken at any of the following photo service shop. 

1. A-passport & Visa Service

747 3rd Ave
Fl 2, Ste 245
New York, NY 10017
47th St & 46th St
Midtown East

2. LC Photo

63 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
Catherine St & Market St
Chinatown

3. Deluxe Passport Express

57 Lee Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Wilson St & Ross St
South Williamsburg

4. Sammy's Photo Lab

27 Essex St
New York, NY 10002
Hester St & Grand St
Lower East Side

5. Tamar International Passport And Visa Services

26 Broadway
Fl 8
New York, NY 10004
Morris St & Exchange Aly
Financial District

6.East Village Postal

151 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003
10th St & 9th St
East Village

How to print a passport photo in New York?

After you download the printable photo from our website, you may print it at home if you have the photo printing paper and a colour printer. The passport photo is for printing on 4R 4x6" photo paper.  There are six US passport photos on the 4R photo download from our website. Just print the photo exactly onto 4x6" photo paper and cut the photos along the gray borders, you will get six correct size  US passport photos (2x2").

If you don't have a color printer at home, you can order 4x6" print from the following online photo printing websites:


1) http://photo.walgreens.com/
2) https://www.cvs.com/photo
3) https://photos3.walmart.com/about/prints
4) https://www.costcophotocenter.com/
5) https://www.snapfish.com/
6) https://www.shutterfly.com/

Photo Booth in New York

There are some photo booth in New York City, but it would be better that you keep in mind the guidelines for taking USA passport photo before you go. The following are some of the photo booths that you can take your passport photo:

1.Soho house

2935 9th Ave (btwn W 13th & W 14th St), New York, NY

2.The Biergarten at The Standard

848 Washington St (btwn Little W 12th & W 13th St), New York, NY

3. UNIQLO

666 5th Avenue (at W 53rd St), New York, NY

4. Bubby's

120 Hudson St (btwn Franklin & Moore St), New York, NY

5. The Smith

956 2nd Ave (at E 51st St), New York, NY

6. Warby Parker

121 Greene Street (btwn Houston & Prince St), New York, NY

CVS passport photos services in New York

After downloading your passport photo in our website, you may print it at CVS store. With the CVS app, you can order your passport photo online and pick it up at the store of your choice. You can also go to the store and print it there. Do keep in mind that the photo sheet downloaded from our website is for printing on 4R 4x6" photo paper. Choose the right size of paper to ensure that your passport photo size is correct.

CVS photo shops in New York Ctiy:

1.750 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010

2.1440 Broadway, New York, NY 10018

3.5 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001

4.500 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

5. 320 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

6.1294 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

7.630 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

8. 129 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038

9. 51 Astor Pl, New York, NY 10003

10.2182 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

Passport photo services at Walgreens

Walgreens is another choice that you can print your photo. With the Walgreens app, you can order your passport photo online and pick it up at the store of your choice. You can also go to the store and print it there. Do keep in mind that the photo sheet downloaded from our website is for printing on 4R 4x6" photo paper. Choose the right size of paper to ensure that your passport photo size is correct.The cost of a passport photo at Walgreens is $16.99, but you can get it for $0.37 if you print it out as a photo template,which saves you up to 99.9%!

Walgreens photo shops in New York Ctiy:

1. 155 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

2. 625 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

3.52 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

4. 1627 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

5. 133-141 Dyckman St, New York, NY 10040

6. 37 Broadway, New York, NY 10006

7. 122 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10168

8. 1352 1st Ave., New York, NY 10021

9. 459 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

10. 866 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Passport photos at Walmart

Printing your passport photo at Walmart is easy. Just upload the photo downloaded from our website and choose 4x6" photo paper ,then you can order your photo. You may collect it in one hour at your nearest store or have it delivered to your home.

Walmart photo shops in New York Ctiy:

1. 459 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

2. 1328 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

3. 133-141 Dyckman St, New York, NY 10040

4. 1352 1st Ave., New York, NY 10021

5. 155 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

6. 530 5th Ave, New York, NY 10036

7. 455 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018

8. 460 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

9. 52 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

10. 401 East 86th St, New York, NY 10028

Rite Aid passport photo services

You can take your photo at Rite Aid Pharmacy, or you can take a passport photo downloaded from our site and then print it out at your nearest Rite Aid for just 19 cents.

Rite Aid photo shops in New York Ctiy:

1. 7 Madison St, New York, NY 10038

2. 1033 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10032

3. 104 E 40th St, New York, NY 10017

4. 302 West St, New York, NY 10080

5. 741 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10025

6. Brooklyn, NY 11236

7. Flushing, NY 11354

8. 81 1st Ave., New York, NY 10003

9. Bronx, NY 10459

10. 4918 Broadway, New York, NY 10034




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How to make United States Passport photo in New York


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.

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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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