Free Passport Photographs
Every passport application or renewal lodged with Her Majesty’s Passport Office requires the applicant to provide two passport size and quality photographs. Securing these photographs can be a time consuming and frustrating affair for some consumers. Firstly they have to locate their nearest photo booth or merchant who offers compliant passport size and quality images, pay a fee of around £5 to £8 and hope that the machine or shop keeper has shot them in a manner accepted by Her Majesty’s Passport Office.
Applicants overseas have also reported to us that they often struggle to find a photobooth that prints the passports in the required 35mm x 45mm dimensions required for a British Passport therefore we have introduced a FREE service where by the consumer simply needs to send us a picture in JPG or PNG format of the applicant and we will use our commercial photo editing software to make the picture compliant with Her Majesty’s Passport Office terms, print two identical pictures, cut them to the required 35mm x 45mm size and then post them to the consumer. This service is provided for FREE and performed within 48hrs.
Send From Your Smart Phone – Consumers can send their photographs to us as an MMS Message from their Smart Phone by texting the word PASSPORT + Your 5 Digit Applicant ID to: 07786 207 695. Our database will then forward this to our editing department who will crop the photograph to make it complaint once completed the agent will print the photographs on high quality photographic paper recommended by Her Majesty’s Passport Office and then post them to the consumers address. All provided at no charge.
Send Your Pictures via the Internet – Simply click on the Upload File link and upload an image in either PNG or JPG format and this will be forwarded to the editing department. There is no charge for uploading the file to us. Consumers need to have the image file locally on your computer in order to use this service.
Other Ways to Secure Passport Photograph
It is not a requirement for consumers to use our free passport picture service as photographs from high street retailers such as: http://www.snappysnaps.co.uk/services/passports-and-id/id.php can create compliant passport photographs or locate their nearest photo booth which are commonly located in Supermarkets or main railway stations. The fee required to use these services will range from £5 to £8 for up four to five photographs. Just two will be needed with the passport application.
Is a Counter Signatory Required?
Many consumers become confused when a counter signatory is required and when it is not. The below is a list of circumstances when a counter signatory is required. It is important to remind consumers that should a counter signatory be required then only one of the photographs should be signed by the counter signatory the other must be left blank. The format of the counter signature should be “I certify this represents the true likeness of __________” along with the date. A full list of how can and cannot counter sign can be found here.
The general rule of thumb is that the counter signatory must know the applicant for at least 2yrs and not be related by blood or marriage. For very young children the counter signatory must know one of the parents for at least 2yrs. Doctors or solicitors can no longer counter sign if they just now the applicant in a professional manner. Those that know the applicant in a social manner can continue to counter sign.
You will need one photograph countersigned if…
- This is a child application/renewal
- This is a first ever British Passport
- The previous passport has been lost or stolen
- The applicants appearance has changed significantly since the last passport was issued
- The applicant has changed gender since the previous application