Forum Question: Formatting Passport Photos

How can I use iPhoto to format a photo to submit with a passport application?
Brian Thornton

Comments: 8 Responses to “Formatting Passport Photos”

    9/22/11 @ 12:01 pm

    I’m not sure. Do you have a list of requirements for the application? You can crop and adjust a photo, sure, but you’d need those requirements to start.

    Jerry G
    9/22/11 @ 6:19 pm

    Requirements for US Passports can be found here:

    9/22/11 @ 9:18 pm

    Take a picture of yourself. Connect your camera to your MAC. Download photos. Follow guideline by Jerry G./.gov Printed picture(s) must be XxX. No eyeglasses allowed. Write a check, fill out forms, (available online) submit via USmail – or (more expedient) go to local US Post Office and deal with your friendly (they are friendly here in WV) window clerk. Some POs have certain days/hours for submitting all this fun Passport stuff – check first before standing in line. Happy trails. (What does this have to do with Apple?)

      9/23/11 @ 1:23 am

      I think what Brian wants to know is how to crop a photo and print it out the correct size. So I guess using the cropping tools in iPhoto to make it a square (if square is what they want) and then printing it so it fits an exact size. Not sure what that size is, though.

        9/23/11 @ 12:01 pm

        The size of the picture is to be 2″x2″. I have done very little formatting in iPhoto and I’m not sure how to “measure” the photo to make sure it’s the right size.


    9/23/11 @ 10:27 pm

    Better advice, Go to your local pharmacy that has photo-processing capability. Tell them you need a passport photo. They will take it digitally, and assure it is in the 2×2 size. On the spot. You might have to pay for this. OR you can experiment on cropping, actual output size on your printer with glossy paper until you get a 2×2.

    9/23/11 @ 10:33 pm

    I agree with Dave. The problem is that you’ll need to experiment with printouts to get it to be the right size. iPhoto isn’t meant for precision printing, and neither is your printer, most likely.

    9/26/11 @ 8:10 pm

    Thanks for your help.

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