Our family is planning on an overseas trip for the first time with both kids. My husband’s passport expired a while back and our 7 year old already has one expired passport too. But our 4 year old hasn’t traveled much (she is a much more demanding child). One of the challenges with getting a passport are that those tiny photos can cost anywhere from $15 at the post office to $17 at some stores. For three passports that’s an extra $45-$50 dollars on top of the $330 for processing and the $75 for the administrative execution (I went with the passport + card route for everyone).
Only after I already went the standard photo route did I realize that there were more economical alternatives using phone apps and printing at home or sending the photo to a cheaper photo print location like Walgreens or other printer.
From the US Department of State’s Official Website: HERE
Your passport photo must be:
- In color
- Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper
- 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
- Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.
- Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
- Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
- Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
- Taken with a neutral facial expression (preferred) or a natural smile, and with both eyes open
You can see examples at the website. The website even has a cropping tool to create your own photos at the government’s website.
There are also a number of phone apps which can save you money. I haven’t tried these apps and have no financial incentive to list them.
ID Photoprint – Free to use, $4.95 to print 2 passport photos. You can also save and send to another printing service or do it yourself.
My Passport Photos – Free to use, get photos printed for a cost. You can also save and send to another printing service or do it yourself.
ItsEasy Passport Renewal & Photo App – Free, offers additional features of allowing for US Passport Renewal for a fee. You have to mail them the application and passport, they will pre-check your documents, submit government payment and they will bring the passport photo. I’m not sure why anyone would want to send them their passport.
For Android/Google Play:
Passport ID Photo Maker Studio – seems to require in app purchase of background removal, photography tips.
Passport Photo ID Studio – Free