June 26, 2018 / By Shyla Esko Bare
Is it time for you to get a new passport photo?
It is for me. Whenever this comes up, I am surprised at how much it costs to get a store to do them. But to get my head exactly 1″ to 1.3″ is a challenge. Or at least it was. Now, there is a free and easy solution – www.ePassportPhoto.com
Go to this website and click on the “get my passport photo” button.
You will be taken to a page with low-cost options if you want assistance. Or scroll down to the fine print where it says “Or, you can use our FREE Do It Yourself
service.” Click on this and follow the instructions.
You will need to upload a photo that meets the government regulations (e.g. white background, no shadows, taken in last six months, etc.) To find the complete list of U.S. photo rules go to travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/requirements/photos.html
. I found it helpful to actually check all the photo examples on this page. Some of the rules were only discussed when they showed an example of a photo that is not useable. For instance, it is unacceptable to use a photo when shoulders are not square to the camera. I was all set to use a headshot, but I was not squared off for it. So this told me to try again.
Once you have a photo that meets governmental standards, simply upload it to ePassportPhoto.com
. The website then has a simple to use sizing tool. I found it easy to put the bars at the top of my head and chin. Within seconds, I had a passport photo ready to print. In fact, ePassport Photo creates a 4×6 size photo that has 4 passport photos. Great, since I have found it useful to travel the world with a few extra passport photos as sometimes they are required for visas.
The last steps are just to download and save the photo to your computer. If you have a home photo printer then your all set. You have four properly sized free passport photos. I don’t have a photo printer, so simply sent mine to Walgreens. An hour later, and at the negligible cost of 30 cents, I had my photos.
Now, I am ready to travel the world for another ten years!
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By Shyla Esko Bare, 26-June-18 ©www.WildSpiritTravel.com
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