Photocare The Photographic, Printing, Video and Digital Imaging Specialists 39b Fore Street, Ivybridge, Devon. PL21 9AE           01752 896959

Photographs suitable for Passport / Identity Cards / Bus Pass / Driving Licence / Disabled Badge / Gun Licence or any other form of photographic ID.

We can produce high quality photographic identity prints, professionally taken in-store, against the correct background, suitable for many forms of identity. Using high quality Kodak photo paper, we will print and cut a set of 4 identical 35mm x 45mm photos that we guarantee will be accepted by your agency or we will retake and reprint your identity prints again free of charge. No appointment is necessary, just come into our shop and we will take your picture right away, your finished prints will be ready for collection 20 minutes after being taken. Alternatively, we can post them out to you by 1st class post the same day for a small extra fee.

Currently we can only take photographs of people aged 5 and over. This is unfortunately due to the constraints in our shop. We can however guide you through taking suitable photographs at home using your own digital camera, that we can then print to the correct standards for you.

We are able to produce unusual sized prints for foreign passports etc. Please bring in details of the required specifications.

Guidelines for UK Passport photographs

All passport applications must include two identical recent photographs. The photographs you send must meet internationally agreed standards and must be a true likeness of you. The guidance in the following page will help you send acceptable photographs, and will help avoid the need for more photographs.

The photographs must be:

• identical
• in colour, not black and white
• taken within the last month
• taken against a light grey or cream background
• 45 millimetres (mm) high x 35 millimetres (mm) wide (however, please do not trim your photographs to meet this condition)
• fit into the template, with your eyes positioned in the area marked by the shaded band
• undamaged, for example; not torn, creased, or marked
• free from shadows
• taken with your eyes open and clearly visible (with no sunglasses or tinted glasses, and no hair across your eyes)
• free from reflection or glare on your glasses, and the frames must not cover your eyes (where possible, we recommend that you remove your glasses to avoid the possibility of rejections)
• free from ‘Redeye’
• of you facing forward, looking straight at the camera
• with a neutral expression, your mouth must be closed (no grinning, frowning or raised eyebrows)
• of you on your own (no babies’ dummies, toys or other people visible)
• taken of the full head, without any covering, unless it is worn for religious beliefs or medical reasons
• taken with nothing covering your face
• free from copyright (for example, do not send school photographs as these are produced under copyright).

Photographic Template:

The photographs must:

• be in sharp focus and clear

• have a strong definition between face and background

• be printed professionally. Photographs printed at home are not likely to be of an acceptable quality.


Photographs for children aged six and over must meet the full standards set out in this guide.

Photographs of children five years and under must show a clear image that is a true likeness of the child. As young children can be difficult to photograph, children aged five and under do not need to have a neutral expression or to look directly at the camera, but they must face forward.

In addition to the exceptions above, babies under one year old do not need to have their eyes open (however it is preferable for eyes to remain open). All other standards must be met. If the baby’s head needs to be supported, it is important that your supporting hand cannot be seen.

If you have real difficulty in meeting these conditions, you should visit a photographic specialist, like Photocare, rather than a photo booth.

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