How to attach a photo in passport application? simple tips explained

Getting a passport approved from the U.S Department of State is not that easy. There are several strict regulations you have to follow to get those passports.


To be serious, we’d like to provide data on the number of passport applications the U.S Department of State rejects due to data or photo inaccuracies.


In 2019 alone there were over half a million rejected applications. These rejections are due to either inadequate personal data provided by the applicant or by providing inaccurate passport photos.


While the personal data provided by the applicant can be of human error, there are certain things we can do to minimize these rejections.


Today we are showcasing some of the common application mistakes that everyone does while applying for a passport and guide you on how to minimize them.


In this article, we are going to learn more on:


 So, let’s dive right in.

Common passport photo mistakes

To ensure security, the U.S Department of State provides strict regulations to the passport photo from the size of the photo to even guidance on attaching those photos on passport applications. 


For a passport photo to be accepted, make sure that the passport photo measures exactly 2-by-2 inches (Both in height & width). The face of the person should either have a closed smile or neutral expression without having any external objects like specs or headphones, etc.


Also, these are just a glimpse of some of the most common passport photo requirements we have already discussed every passport requirements earlier in the past. 


For those who want to create passport photos manually, we would highly recommend reading this blog to create the perfect passport photo and to avoid passport rejections.


The other mistakes can happen when it comes to attaching the photo and sending the application which will be discussed below in this article.


How to make the perfect passport photo?

Creating the perfect sized passport photo is not that hard considering that the technology we have nowadays.


With the help of advanced technologies, we at have come up with a new AI that can detect your face and can create the perfect passport photos within seconds.


Here are the steps you have to follow to create your passport photos effortlessly;


  • Visit and select the country & document type then select the AI feature option.

  • Now, upload the photo you have taken and wait for a few seconds until the AI does its job.

  • A free preview of your uploaded image will pop up, with corrected Background and facial biometrics.

  • You can cross-check the results by downloading the sample photo.

  • If you are happy with the results, you can download the photos after making the payment. (The cost for these services are very low when compared with others in the market.

Here, is a video tutorial on how to use our services

How to attach a photo in passport application?

attach a photo in passport application

Now that we’ve created a perfect passport photo, we can now guide you on how to attach a photo in the passport application.


By the guidelines set by the U.S Department of State, the best way to attach the photo in passport application is by using staples.


  • Place the photo in the photo square of the passport application

  • The photo must be placed in the upright position matching all four corners in the square of the application.

  • Now, staple the photos vertically in all four corners.

Quick tip

If you create the passport photos manually and failed to meet the requirements, do not send them this may delay your application or even result in rejection of your application so, it is advised to check the photo before attaching in the application.

Where & How to send the passport application?

Sending passport applicatiom


  • After attaching the photo, place the application in a large durable envelope. 

  • Slip a second passport photo within the envelope in case if needed and do not make any bend in the application.

  • Mail your passport application or bring directly to the nearest passport service center for processing.

Quick tip

If you have any questions or queries regarding the passport application visit their website or call their information center at 1-877-487-2778.

Found these tips useful

We hope you learned something new from this article. 


Now, it’s time to hear from you: Does this article feels helpful in creating & attaching your photos in passport applications?


Does this article feel handy during your application process?


Or maybe, you have some other questions regarding the passport photos. Either way, go ahead and leave a quick comment below right now.

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    • Hey Jishan,
      Thanks for sharing your feedback, I appreciate your positive comments. As a team, we’ll always share the best of the content to provide more value for our audience


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