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Can I use a regular photo of my child for his passport?

by Chris
(Washington)

Question: My child is currently in a different country but since he is a U.S. citizen I have to have his passport made on the mainland, therefore he is not available to take a passport photo. Would it be acceptable to use a regular photo of him or will i have to have him take a passport photo and then send it to me in the States?


Answer: Regular photos are not acceptable. There are very specific requirements for passport photos. Click the link below for more information.

Passport Photo Requirements

Note, minors must appear at the passport application acceptance facility with both parents in order to apply for a passport. Parents cannot apply without their child present. Click the link below for a complete list of requirements.

Requirements to Get Passport for Minor

Since your child is currently outside the United States, he can appear at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general with both parents in order to apply for the passport. If he appears with one parent, the applying parent can submit notarized consent from the non-applying parent. Click the link below to find a place to apply.

List of U.S. Embassies and Consulates

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