November 24, 2017

3 Easy Ways to Get Passport Photos for Your Kids

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Summer travel season is upon us and if you’re planning to go abroad this summer, don’t forget to get passports for yourself and each of your kids. I remember when we went to Curacao with our oldest two daughters, who were just 22 months and 3 at the time, getting passports was a major headache.

I waited too long so I had to pay extra to have the passports expedited, but the bigger issue was getting passport photos taken. It was winter and it was a special trip to the FedEx store to have them taken, then we had to go to the post office to mail them off. Ugh. Now, there are several options that make getting passport photos taken much more efficient and simple, especially for babies. Take a look:

Passportica: These folks seek to take the hassle out of taking passport photos, particularly for your kids. Simply snap your photo using your smartphone or camera, re-size the photo and submit the picture.  You’ll get your passport photos by mail in 2-4 days. As a bonus, head to 8moms.com for a limited time to save 50% and get two official passport photos from Passportica for only $5 (plus free shipping).

ePassportPhoto.com:  This online service works in much the same way as Passportica, but they offer options for those needing photos for non-U.S. passports (most countries outside the U.S. require larger photos). Simply take and upload a photo, then have it delivered to your home in 5-10 business days for $7.99. Or, download the passport photo sheet on your own for free to print out at your local drugstore.

PassportCorner: Similar to ePassportPhoto.com, this free service also enables you to create passport photos for non-U.S. passports. It’s super fast and when you’re done you simply download your pictures to print on 4” x 6” photo paper at any drugstore or photo shop.

Of the services above, my favorites are Passportica and ePassportPhoto.com because they go the extra mile to make sure your photos are in compliance with official passport guidelines. That would definitely not be good to go to the trouble of taking the photos only to find out they were unacceptable. So, before you take your pictures, review these important tips.

  • Stand in front of a white background.
  • Stand close to the background to eliminate shadows.
  • Dress in everyday clothing. No uniforms or costumes.
  • Hold the camera at eye level and at least two to three feet away.
  • Include your entire head and shoulders in the picture.
  • Look directly into the camera with a neutral facial expression.
  • When taking a photograph of a baby, lay him or her on their back on a plain white sheet.

Do your kids have up-to-date passports? Do you have any stories around getting passports for your kids? Let me know in the comments section below.

Comments

  1. You can have passport photos taken at any of the drug stores with photo processing centers….Walgreens, CVS, Wal-mart, etc. Visit http://www.travel.state.gov to find out the local passport acceptance facility in your area. Some of them will take your photos on the spot.

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