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    Passport Photo: How strict are them if the picture fill the area of the photo?

    I brought my picture to be digi printing shop today and the sales assistant asked me if its for passport/id purposes and I said yes. So she helped take a passport picture that I had in USB key, zoomed, and cropped, etc and printed 6 of them into a picture using a self serve printing machine all in a span of less than 1 min.

    The problem now is that I am looking at the pictures and my head fills the area of the photo and the passport photo guidelines all says the head should be less than 34mm but the picture is quite big; the top of my head is literally 1mm from the border.

    Anyone with experience know if authorities are very strict and refuse pictures this big? I over paid for these pictures (£6) so I feel a bit annoyed I need to worry about these pics.

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    I will get you the document now.

    Here it is...

    direct.gov.uk/pro…pdf

    45 millimetres (mm) high x 35 millimetres (mm) wide (however, please do … 45 millimetres (mm) high x 35 millimetres (mm) wide (however, please do not trim your photographs to meet this condition);a close-up of your head and shoulders with a recommended head height (the distance between the bottom of your chin and the crown of your head, not the top of any hair visible) between 29 and 34mm, with the eyes in the grey shaded band. This should result in the capture of a useable biometric element by our system. The diagram below shows the positioning of the head within the image, along with the recommended head size (not to scale). The Check & Send service at selected Post Office® branches includes a check to ensure that once your photograph is scanned there are sufficient characteristics for the biometric element to be recorded accurately.




    Also... see here..

    direct.gov.uk/en/…152


    I went through the process a few weeks ago... Got the passport back within 4 days too!!

    Mod & Ed

    They are very strict, recently had my photos sent back twice due to background colour and lighting issues, once when I had them done in a passport photo booth and once when I actually went to a photographer at his studio who did passport photos

    They are very strict, try going to the post office and pay for a check and send. If your pic fails which they can tell you straight away, you get a new pic took and come back and you don't have to repay the 7 quid. Also included in price is next day special delivery.

    load of faff aint it.

    Mine passed the first time,

    I took the photo in our living room with my DSLR..

    It was easier for me as my son was only 3 months old, pluis the rules are a lot relaxed for under 1 yr.

    Just go to a photo booth and get it done in there...

    Will save you loads of time and effort..

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    RickT;8252830

    I will get you the document now.Here it … I will get you the document now.Here it is...http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/groups/dg_digitalassets/@dg/@en/@travel/documents/digitalasset/dg_174925.pdfAlso... see here..http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Passports/Applicationinformation/DG_174152I went through the process a few weeks ago... Got the passport back within 4 days too!!




    Thanks that's what I'm worried about. She zoomed it too much and made the head too big. The worse thing is, that passport photo that she zoomed was already good. I went in thinking just to print 6 of the exact same pics. But she was just doing everything so quickly, I couldn't catch up to what she was doing and just stood there while she did her thing and 1 min later, the pics were printed.

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    very strict.,...........dont go opening your mouth now:)

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    wishihadadonkey;8252847

    They are very strict, recently had my photos sent back twice due to … They are very strict, recently had my photos sent back twice due to background colour and lighting issues, once when I had them done in a passport photo booth and once when I actually went to a photographer at his studio who did passport photos



    Did you ask the photographer for money back btw and how much was it? I paid £6 to basically just print pictures out when I already had a picture taken so just wondering what the professional photographer rate is.

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    Lulu'sMammy;8252854

    They are very strict, try going to the post office and pay for a check … They are very strict, try going to the post office and pay for a check and send. If your pic fails which they can tell you straight away, you get a new pic took and come back and you don't have to repay the 7 quid. Also included in price is next day special delivery.



    Thanks for this. I didn't know it'll include next day special delivery! Sounds like its worth it doing the check.

    Mod & Ed

    Slash;8252960

    Did you ask the photographer for money back btw and how much was it? I … Did you ask the photographer for money back btw and how much was it? I paid £6 to basically just print pictures out when I already had a picture taken so just wondering what the professional photographer rate is.



    He charged £12 for 4 photos and yes he gave me my money back and re did them for me for free:thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    My original picture is fine btw, it followed every guidelines including backgrounds, no smiling,etc. Right now the only problem is that same picture was zoomed in so much when it was printed I'm worried they'll refuse it.

    just get a diplomate to foge you one !

    You have 2 options..

    Depending how quick you need the passport......

    1 - Risk it.. if it is ok and within limits send it off and see what comes back..

    2 - Go to a photo booth and get your photo retaken and send that.

    if i was in any doubt, I would just get the photo redone.. and remember next time not to go to the same shop that zoomed in..

    or... go back to the shop with the orginal and new copy, explain you asked for an identical copy, and its not..

    Rick

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    Slash;8252998

    My original picture is fine btw, it followed every guidelines including … My original picture is fine btw, it followed every guidelines including backgrounds, no smiling,etc. Right now the only problem is that same picture was zoomed in so much when it was printed I'm worried they'll refuse it.



    i know i am probably missing something here, but why not just go back to shop and show them original and tell them you wanted a copy of it, or just go elswhere and get some more off the original
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