Canada Passport photos Professional photography:
Shanghai Etimes Digital Photo studio
Add: No.273,Xinbang Road,Minhang District,Shanghai,China
Tel: 86 21-51983704 Phone:86 18930039830
Make sure your photo has been taken within the last 6 months
Your photos must be taken no more than 6 months before the date you submit your application.
Canadians living in the United States and abroad
Our requirements for passport photos are different from those in the United States and other countries. Photos for Canadian passports must be taken in person by a commercial photographer or studio. They must also comply with all of our photo requirements. If they don’t, we will reject your application.
Bring the Passport photo specifications to the photographer or studio to make sure they meet the correct photo requirements.
You must submit 2 identical and unaltered photos with each passport application.
Your passport photos must be:
clear, sharp and in focus
taken with a neutral facial expression
taken in person by a commercial photographer or studio with:
uniform lighting and with no shadows, glare or flash reflections
face and shoulders to the camera: straight-on, centered and squared
a plain white or light-coloured background with a clear difference between your face and the background. Photos must reflect/represent natural skin tones.
50 mm wide X 70 mm high (2 inches wide X 2- 3/4 inches long)
an image of your current appearance, taken within the last six months
professionally printed on plain, high quality photographic paper
original photos that are not altered in any way or taken from an existing photo
What is an altered photo?
An altered photo refers to any photo that has been edited or changed in any way, by any means, and includes:
technical corrections or enhancements, such as:
cropping around the subject’s head and shoulders, including:
editing of the facial features, such as:
editing to improve the appearance of the subject, such as:
editing the subject’s clothing, including changing colours
changing the background, including eliminating shadows
Back of photo details
On the back of 1 photo
If you’re renewing an adult passport using the Simplified Renewal application form, you don’t need a guarantor.
We accept photos with:
Photos may be in colour or in black and white
We don’t accept photos with:
sunglasses or tinted eye glasses (even when the eyes are clearly visible)
red-eye effect or red-eye alterations
hats and head coverings not worn daily for religious beliefs or medical reasons
shadows, as lighting must be uniform to avoid shadows:
Child photos must follow the same rules as standard passport photos. They must show your child's head and shoulders only. Parent's or child's hands must not appear in the photo.
For newborn babies, the photo may be taken while your child is sitting in a car seat, as long as:
We recognize the difficulty in getting a neutral expression from your newborn. We do allow some range for infant facial expressions.
Examples of acceptable passport photos
These photos don’t represent the actual size of a passport photo.
Tips for taking a good passport photo
If you’re in a wheelchair
Passport photos must be taken against a plain white background. If your wheelchair has a headrest, a plain white covering should be placed over it. This makes your facial features and the edges of your face clear against the background.
If you have headwear or nasal cannula
Your headwear or a nasal cannula may appear in a passport photo if worn for medical reasons. Your eyes must remain clearly visible. Include a signed explanation with your application. We may ask for a letter from your doctor.
Why can’t I smile in my passport photo?
The International Civil Aviation Organization recommends that passport photos be taken with a neutral expression. This lets us use facial recognition systems to help prevent fraud. They electronically verify identity based on each person's unique facial features.
Print the passport photo specifications for you or your photographer.
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