New photo requirements
On May 9, 2015, new passport photo requirements will come into effect for all passport applicants. The changes are:
Photos will be valid for six months from the date they were taken.
Tinted eye glasses cannot be worn.
These changes comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for travel document photos.
Child photos must follow the same rules as for all passport photos; however, we recognize the difficulty in obtaining a neutral expression of a newborn and will allow for some tolerance in this regard. Photos must show the child’s head and shoulders only. The parent’s hands or arms must not be seen in the picture.
For newborn babies, the photo may be taken while the child is sitting in a car seat, as long as a white blanket is placed over the seat behind the child’s head. There must be no shadows on the face or shoulders, around the ears or in the background.