Important: Processing times recently changed for both routine and expedited passport applications.

Can I use passport photos with light green backgrounds?

by Carole
(Great Neck, USA)

Question: I took digital photos with a light green background. Is this okay?

Answer: The State Department requires all passport photos to have a white or off-white background. Photos with a light green background would be rejected and cause a delay in the processing of your application. Problems with passport photos is one of the primary reasons for delays. Please refer to the list of requirements.

Passport Photo Guidelines

If you plan to submit digital photos, you should review the guidelines for Taking Passport Photos with a Digital Camera

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High demand and mailing delays are impacting how long it takes to get a passport.

  • Standard service is currently taking between 7 and 10 weeks.
  • Expedited service is currently taking between 3 to 5 weeks.

NOTE: Processing times begin when applications are received at a passport agency or center. Requesting 1-2-day mailing service is recommended.

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