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


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 San Francisco

United States Passport Photo Size and Requirements in San Francisco

  • Be sure you are facing straight into the camera, so your entire face can be seen.
  • Taken during the past six months
  • You should use a white or off-white background
  • You should keep your face neutral or smile naturally, while your eyes remain open.
  • Clothing worn on a regular basis
  • Make sure the size is right
    • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)
    • 1 - 1 3/8 inches (25 - 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head is the optimum head size
  • The photos are printed on matte or glossy photographic paper
  • Color print
  • There will be no hands-free devices or headphones allowed in the photo.
  • Hats or head coverings are prohibited.
    • Please submit a signed statement confirming that the hat or head covering in your picture is a recognized, traditional religious article of clothing that is frequently worn or required in public.
    • You should always submit a signed doctor's statement stating that the hat or head covering in your picture is worn every day for medical reasons.
    • It is not acceptable to cover your whole face with a hat or head covering; your entire face should be visible.
  • Glasses cannot be worn in the photo.
    • Unless you need them for medical reasons, you need to have your doctor sign a note stating that you cannot take them off.

Other Passport / Visa Photo Rules, Guidelines, and Specifications

In my passport photo, may I wear sunglasses, glasses, or tinted glasses?
No, For your passport photo, you will need to remove them.

Unless you need them for medical reasons, you need to have your doctor sign a note stating that you cannot take them off.

In my photo, can I wear a hat or headcover?
Wearing a hat or head covering is permitted, but you must provide a signed statement that the hat or head covering is part of recognized, traditional religious attire that is frequently worn or required in public or a signed physician's statement that the item is worn daily for medical purposes.

It is crucial for your face to be visible without being obscured by hats or head coverings that obscure your hairline or leave shadows on your face.

What is the best way to pose for my passport photo?
Face the camera with your head centered and not tilted, and wear a neutral expression or a natural smile.


Can I smile in my passport photo?
Yes, but you should smile naturally without exaggerating.


Is my uniform allowed in my passport photo?
No,Uniforms, clothing that looks like a uniform, and camouflage clothing are not allowed.


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

How should I take a picture of a baby or toddler?
When taking a photo of your baby or toddler, no other person should be in the photo.

Place your baby on his or her back on a flat surface (there is no need to worry about the background, it will be automatically removed by our website). Especially if you are taking a picture from above, make sure there are no shadows on your baby's face. You might also consider taking a picture of your child in the car seat.

Your camera should be set in burst mode so you can take as many photos as possible in one shot.

My child's eye appears closed in his or her photo, is that OK?
If an infant's eyes are partially or completely closed, it is acceptable. For all other children, both eyes must be open.

Is it necessary to take a new photo if I have changed my appearance (grown a beard, dyed my hair)?
Only if your appearance has drastically altered since you obtained your passport. A new beard or colored hair would not qualify as a significant change. You do not need a new passport if your photo in your existing passport can be used to identify you.

You may need a new passport if you have:

  • had a significant facial injury or surgery
  • Multiple facial piercings or tattoos are added or removed
  • Significant weight gain or loss
  • Transitioned from one gender to another

It is not necessary to obtain a new passport for your child if their appearance has changed due to aging.

Example Photos

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Example Photos for Children

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Where To Get Passport Photos Near United States San Francisco?

It is most efficient to create your passport photo on our site. All you need to do is take a picture and upload it to our website. It takes just seconds for us to remove the background of an image and to create a digital and printable copy of it for you. It's both convenient and affordable!

In addition, you can get a photo taken at the following photo service shops.

1. U.S PASSPORT PHOTO PROCESSING photographer 24/7 San Francisco

222 Columbus Ave #402q, San Francisco, CA 94133

2. Leetone Photo Center

550 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

3. SF Passport Photo & LiveScan Service

3000 Geary Blvd UNIT D, San Francisco, CA 94118

4. A+ MailBoxes & More

3041 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

5. Kodak Moment

601 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

6. FNL

870 Market St # 1049, San Francisco, CA 94102

How to print a passport photo in San Francisco?

Downloading the printable photo from our website allows you to print it at home if you have photo paper and a colour printer. Our website provides six passport photos on 4R 4x6" photo paper. Simply print the US passport photo exactly onto 4x6" photo paper and cut along the gray border to produce six 2x2" pieces of paper.

If you don't have a color printer at home, you can still order 4x6" prints online through these websites:


Photo Booth in San Francisco

While there may be some photo booths in San Francisco, it is advisable to follow the guidelines for taking USA passport photos before going. You must not mark your passport photos on either side, unless they need to be countersigned.It is important that your eyes are open, visible, and that your hair does not obscure them. Additionally, your passport photo must not contain any other objects or people.

CVS passport photos services in San Francisco

Your passport photo can be printed at a CVS store after being downloaded from our website. Your passport photo can be ordered online and picked up at your chosen CVS store using the CVS app. You can also print it on site. We recommend that you choose the right size of paper so that your passport photo will be the right size. The photo sheet downloaded from our website is designed for printing on 4R 4x6" photo paper.

CVS photo shops in San Francisco:

1.377 32nd Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

2.799 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109

3.1900 19th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116

4. 1 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

5. 3600 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

6. 701 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

7. 499 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

8. 601 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

9. 1059 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

10. Parking lot, 1690 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Passport photo services at Walgreens

Walgreens is another option for you to print your photos. If you use Walgreens' app, you can order your passport photo and pick it up in a Walgreens location of your choice. If you use Walgreens' app, you can order your passport photo and pick it up in a Walgreens location of your choice. Remember that the photo sheet you download from our website is for 4R 4x6" photo paper. Select the right size of paper to ensure that your passport photo size is accurate. 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 San Francisco:

1. 5280 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

2. 3398 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

3. 670 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

4. 300 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94104

5. 456 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

6. 1175 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

7. 2690 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

8. 2050 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

9. 1899 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

10. 1201 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116

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.

Rite Aid passport photo services

It is possible to take a passport photo at Rite Aid pharmacies, or you can download a passport image from our website and print it at your nearest Rite Aid for just 19 cents.

Rite Aid photo shops in San Francisco:

1. 666 Concar Dr, San Mateo, CA 94402

2. 1320 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94403

3. 200 Hickey Blvd, Pacifica, CA 94044

4. 1400 Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica, CA 94044

5. 2150 Roosevelt Ave, Redwood City, CA 94061

6. 20572 Homestead Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

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How to make United States Passport photo in San Francisco

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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