Passport (and other identification) photos FAQ
DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?
No, appointments are not required.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
In most cases they are ready in 30 minutes. More time may be required if they are a special size or multiple sizes are required.
CAN YOU TAKE PHOTOS OF BABIES & SMALL CHILDREN?
Yes, we do take passport photos for the little ones. Because of the extra work involved to make sure that their photos are acceptable, there is an additional charge for children under 2 years of age.
HOW MANY PHOTOS DO I GET?
We print in identical sets of 4 photographs.
WHERE CAN I GET THE PASSPORT APPLICATIONS FORMS?
We have those!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Because a white background is used, it is strongly recommended that you do NOT wear a white blouse, shirt, or jacket. All other colours are acceptable.
WHO CAN SIGN MY PASSPORT PHOTO?
You require a guarantor to sign. A list of qualified people is shown on your passport application. Try not to make appointments to have your photos and application form signed right after your photo is taken, as we cannot guarantee they will be ready right away.
WHAT IF I NEED PHOTOS FOR OTHER IDENTIFICATION?
Yes, we take these as well, but you must tell us when you arrive, as these are a different size than Canadian passport photos. However, you MUST bring along the application forms as photo sizes, signature and stamp and placement requirements are not all the same.
NOTE: If the application is not brought to us, we cannot make any guarantees that the photo will be accepted and we will be charging you again. We can take photos for almost every other identification requirement; Canadian Permanent Residence, Canadian Citizenship, Visas, foreign citizenship, gun registry, Handy Dart, educational applications, etc.
CAN I GET THE PHOTOS IN BLACK & WHITE?
Yes, we can do them in black & white for a slight additional charge.
Smiles are not allowed most identification photos. The face must have a relaxed, neutral expression.
BUT THE FORM SAYS I CAN WEAR MY GLASSES
There is a VERY HIGH probability that photos taken with glasses will be rejected. Therefore we strongly suggest that glasses not be worn when the photo is taken, even if you normally wear them all of the time.
WHAT IF THE PHOTO IS REJECTED?
If they are rejected we will retake them at no charge. NOTE: If the application is not brought to us, we cannot make any guarantees that the photo will be accepted and we will be charging you again. We highly recommend you bring in the paperwork, no matter what it is for.
Because of the nature of the photograph we are only allowed to use harsh, direct light when we take your picture. This is the best for identification purposes but unfortunately is not very flattering.
See Passport Canada for complete information. http://www.ppt.gc.ca/index.aspx
If you have any other questions please contact us by phone or email.