Which is the best place to get passport photos? (comparing our services with Walmart, Walgreens, CVS & Costco)

Walmart, Walgreens, Costco & CVS pharmacy these four don’t need any separate introductions. They are some of the popular drug stores and retail chains who provide passport photo services out there in the U.S.


Many of us might have used their passport photo services at least once in our lifetime.


As we are into similar services for the past 11 years and we just unveiled our passport printing service globally, we started to think of; 


“why not we compare our services with others, talk about their pros and cons and give an idea on which is the best place to get passport photos?”.


In this article, we are going to talk about every passport photo service individually in terms of; How accurate the services are? Ease of getting those service and their pricing for those services.


And, we’re sure that this article can help you make wise decisions whenever you think of printing passport photos. So, let’s dive right in.

Passport photo services in the U.S

Whenever you want to apply or renew your passport, you’ll eventually need a passport photo to submit them in your applications to get them.


Here the problem is not with the application process but, with the rules applied for the passport photos, you submit in the application.


You can’t just stick any random photos on your applications.


Major countries like the U.S have strict regulations on their passport photos for security and safety reasons because of that people require passport photo services to get the perfect sized passport photos.


For a traveler or a business person in need of passport photos, it can be challenging to figure out the best places to take and print those passport photos in the U.S. 


But it’s 2020 we have a lot of options and so we at makepassportphoto.com, have tried comparing those services and helps you to pick the better service for you.

Walmart passport photo services

Walmart passport photo services

Walmart is one of the largest retail chains in the U.S currently operates in 4756 retail outlets across the country. They are into passport photo service for a while.


But unlike others, they give access to upload your photo following USA federal guidelines on their website. 


Here are some of the things we found out when analyzing their site about their passport photo services.

There are no metrics followed in terms of accuracy. However, you can able to crop the photo a per their custom-sized silhouette in the website.

Even though they address major requirements on their website, it is hard to read because of its smaller fonts.

Photo requirements are too small to read

You can have a chance to either pick the prints from your nearest Walmart store or order them for home delivery instead.

Option for home delivery

They offer to give two printed copies for $7.44, Which is moderate and they charge extra if you order them for home delivery.

Walgreens passport photo services

Walgreens passport photo service

Walgreens is the second-largest pharmacy store in the U.S behind CVS Health with over 9000+ stores operating all over 50 states and these drug stores also provides passport photo services nationwide.


But, they don’t offer any online services like Walmart. Instead, you’ll have to go to a nearby store directly to take and print passport photos.


Here are some of the information we found on their site regarding their passport photo services.

They charge about $14.99 and provide two physical copies which are very costly when compared with others in the competition.

Walgreens passport photo price

Not all the stores in the U.S provide these services even on their website they recommend calling your local store in advance to make sure they provide the service.

They don’t provide any information on their site claiming their services are accurate.

There is an option to locate your nearest store from their site.

Locate your nearest store

Online passport photo correction and home delivery are still lacking given that we are paying almost $15 for those prints.

CVS passport photo services

CVS is another drug store chain which is the largest in the U.S. With over 9500+ stores in the U.S they are also providing passport photo services similar to Walgreens.


They do not provide an option to print passport photos online. But, you have to find the nearest stores to get those services.


Here are some things to remind before using their services.

The service can be more accessible than others in the business due to the nationwide presence of these drug stores.

They charge about $14.99 for their service while it is on the costly side but, they offer you a $2 discount by redeeming the coupon they offer on their website.

CVS passport photo pricing

From the website, they say that the photos they take are checked for corrections using Kodak biometric system. That is quite an advantage and has a higher acceptance ratio than others.

Uses KODAK biometric system

They also narrate the instructions clearly when comparing with other passport photo services.

The Instructions are clear

Still, the lack of having an online passport photo service is considered as a drawback as more people nowadays likes to get those passport photos from their home.

Costco passport photo services

Costco is the second-largest retail chain next to the Walmart that provides passport photo services in the U.S. 


Here are some things to remind before using their services.

Unlike Walmart, there is no option to print passport photos online or an option for home delivery.

However, the pricing is reasonable they provide four printed copies for just $5.99 that is cheaper than the competition.

Reasonable Pricing

Similar to Walmart, they didn’t provide any information regarding the accuracy (or) the biometric followed in their photos.

Alternative services you can look out for

It’s 2020, don’t you feel finding and getting your passport photos from a local store seems old fashioned and a hideous process?


As we just witnessed some of the popular passport photo services in the U.S and now we’re about to suggest some of the other alternatives that you could use to get your passport photos.


As technology develops, we have found a new way to create the perfect passport photos for you. That is, making the passport photos with the help of an AI.


Yes, you’ve heard that right. After several years in this business, we have able to build a new AI feature that can able to detect your face, crop, change the background according to your country requirements.


As our AI has been trained with millions of face variations, we guarantee that all the photos generated by the AI are made with 100% accuracy.


The AI feature in our site works flawlessly and can able to change the background and even the eyes height according to your country’s requirement.


The best part is that, you can upload any photo with the face in an upright position following some of the requirements like the clothing, smiling restrictions. and the AI develops a perfect passport photo for you.


You can either download them to print from home (or) get your passport photos prints delivered to your home in just a few days.


We offer delivery not only to the U.S but, to the other parts of the world. Here is a simple guide on how to get perfect photos with the help of our AI.


  • Visit makepassportphoto.com 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 them to print on your own (or) order from us to get your passport photos prints delivered to your home in just a few days.

Best place to get passport photos

To get a better overview of our services we have even compared our services to help you make better decisions whenever you think of getting a passport photo and here it is.

Overall comparison of our passport photo services with others

Hope this gives you a better knowledge about the quantity, quality and the cost you are about to pay for these services.

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We hope this article gives you a better idea to make wise decisions whenever you think of printing passport photos.

Now, it’s time to hear from you: Do you feel that this is a fair comparison?

Or, Do you have some other questions in your head related to passport photos?

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