What is the Passport Photo Creator?
Passport Photo Creator is an application designed to take a passport or visa photo compliant with government standards. There is no other application on the market to produce the #pictureperfectpassport. Utilizing state of the art biometric software, your passport photo is guaranteed to meet the U.S. Department of State passport photo requirements with a 99% accuracy rate. Once you take your passport photo and it meets all of the U.S. Department of State passport compliance standards, you print to Walgreens with your choice of over 8000 Walgreens locations. The added benefit of using the Passport Photo Creator app is that you can take the passport photo as many times as you desire- until you are happy with how your passport photo will look- all while making sure it meets the strict compliance requirements set by the government passport photo standards.
Ultimately, the U.S. Department of State Passport Agencies (and any embassy or consulate for visa photos) can reject your photo and application for any reason they deem fit. The Passport Photo Creator cannot guarantee that your passport photo will be accepted every time. You should review your passport photo prior to submitting your passport application to make sure it meets the requirements and is an accurate representation of your current appearance.
Where can I download the Passport Photo Creator application?
Do you have examples of acceptable photos?
The Passport Photo Creator will ensure that your passport photo is 100% compliant with the U.S. Department of State’s passport photo requirements. The compliance checks built into the app will also provide explanations and tips to help users create the perfect passport photo. With a helpful tutorial and instructions, the Passport Photo Creator also provides on-screen examples of acceptable and unacceptable passport photos.
Can I adjust the exposure settings?
The Passport Photo Creator allows users to adjust the shutter exposure. Increasing or decreasing the exposure settings will help minimize the hotspot errors. You can raise exposure to .05 or 1.0 to achieve a brighter background.
The exposure setting also allows users to raise the temperature to show a lighter background without any digital altering. Both photos below are taken on the same wall with the exposure settings adjusted and raised to 1.0 in the second image for a better quality passport photo.
This photo below is even better as the background is closer to white.
Will this application take quality passport photos?
What are the passport photo requirements?
Did you know over 200k passport applications are denied annually due to non-compliant passport photos?
Our Application will guide you through all the requirements so every passport photo will be 100% passport and visa photo compliant.
U.S. Department of State Passport Photo Requirements
- A recent color photo taken within the last six months
- Printed in color, on photo quality paper.
- 2”x2” in size (51mm x 51mm)
- Head size must be between 1 inch and 1 ⅜ inches.
- No smiles. You must have a neutral facial expression. Directly face the camera. No shadows on your face.
- Normal clothing. No uniforms, except for religious clothing worn daily.
- Background must be white or off-white in color.
- You cannot wear a hat or head covering. Nothing can cover your hair or hairline unless you normally wear it daily for religious purposes.
- No headphones, sunglasses, or similar items can be worn unless it is a hearing aid or medical device worn daily. Medical certification may be required as proof.
- Prescription glasses are no longer acceptable (Nov 1, 2016).
What can I use these photos for?
You can use our application for any 2×2 compliant passport photo
- Immigration Documents
- School Identification
- Firearm Permits
- The SAT’s
- The ACT’s
- International Driving Permits
- Access A Ride
- Corporate Identification
Safety and Security
The Passport Photo Creator app is designed with safety and security in mind. Once you have your perfect passport photo and you are pleased with how it looks, you will have the option to print at Walgreens. Your photo will be sent over a secure connection through cellular or wifi. You will not pay for your passport photo until you pick up your order at Walgreens. The added benefit of this process is the added security where your payment details are never entered in the app. Your passport photo will be available for pickup at the Walgreens location of your choice.
How will I know if it's a perfect passport photo?
The Passport Photo Creator will trigger alerts when your photo is not 100% passport photo compliant. Select the error for additional information and take the photo again. You can take as many photos as you wish, until you are satisfied with the passport photo and it has met all of the compliance requirements.
Can I print an unacceptable photo?
The Passport Photo Creator will trigger alerts when your photo is not 100% passport photo compliant. You can ‘Print Anyway’ if you are aware of the error code and still wish to proceed. We do not recommend this course of action unless you are certain the error will be accepted by the U.S. Department of State Passport Agency.
We recommend using the app to create the perfect passport photo. The best case scenario is an all-green compliance screen.
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The Passport Photo Creator will take up to 30 seconds when uploading the photo to Walgreens order form once you’ve taken your perfect passport photo. If the app is loading for more than 30 seconds, check your internet connection. If you are still having screen loading errors, close the app and re-open. The Walgreens order form will reconnect and your photo will be saved. If you still have issues with loading errors, please contact us immediately. We will help you resolve your issue right away.
Face not frontal error message
Not detecting my face?
What is a hotspot error?
The Passport Photo Creator uses biometric technology to detect a user’s facial features and background for uniformity. If the application produces an error message that hotspots are present, you should adjust the shutter exposure. Increasing or decreasing the exposure settings will help minimize the hotspot errors. You can raise exposure to .05 or 1.0 to achieve a brighter background.
The exposure setting also allows users to raise the temperature to show a lighter background without any digital altering. Both photos below are taken on the same wall with the exposure settings adjusted and raised to 1.0 in the first image.
This is an example of a non-compliant photo due to hotspots and non-white background.
Background not white?
The Passport Photo Creator will determine if the background is white (or slightly off-white) and uniform. No shadows or background images can be present.
Can I use a selfie?
While the Passport Photo Creator can take a perfect passport photo in selfie mode, it can be difficult to capture. The requirements set by the U.S. Department of State are very strict. Unfortunately, that means it can be very difficult for a user to capture the perfect passport photo while using the selfie camera mode. We recommend users take their passport photos with the help of a friend or associate.
Do you have tips for baby passport photos?
No one else can be in the passport photo so you’ll need to get creative when taking a baby or child’s passport photo. When taking a photo of your baby or toddler, no other person should be in the photo.
We recommend laying the baby down on a plain white or off-white sheet. Make sure there are no shadows on the face of the subject.
Another helpful tip is to place a white sheet in the car seat and place the child or infant in the car seat. This will help with head support.
If the eye’s on a baby or infant are not open or entirely open, it’s acceptable. You may need to override the compliance requirement and use judgement for child and baby passport photos. Aim to have the subject facing forward with a straight ahead gaze towards the camera.
Photo Size Too Small/Low
- Help! My photo is below 250kB.
- When the user tries to export the photo from our app, the iOS system gives the user an option to compress the image before exporting it. The user should not compress the image before exporting it. This compress and export is a feature in the iOS system, not in our app. Re-save the image without compressing and your photo will be larger and higher quality.
Perfect Passport Photo
When your passport photo has successfully met all of the compliance requirements, you will get an alert that the photo is 100% acceptable. Save this photo and select the Walgreens logo for your passport photo to print at Walgreens. Your perfect passport photo will be ready in less than one hour.