Tutorial: Passport Photos for 25 cents!

Passport photos. Ugh!

I hate paying $10 at Walgreens for a photo where I look washed out and half-asleep.

Granted, you only need a passport photo once every 10 years, so that $10 isn’t so steep. But still, who wants to pay it?

When making a passport for Baby Girl, I knew there had to be a better way. The passport photo requirements are pretty specific, and our crummy printer couldn’t print photos even if we’d managed to crop it just right to the right size.

Turns out you can do it in 3 easy steps!

1. Take photo with your digital camera. Before doing so, you should review Passport Photo Requirements from the US Department of State. We took photos of Baby Girl on an off-white sheet on our bed.


2. Crop with State Department’s Photo Editing Tool and save.


3. Go to idphoto4you.com and select:

  • Country: United States (unless you need a passport photo for another country)
  • Photo: Passport/Visa 2″x2″
  • Print size: 10x15cm (4x6inch)
  • Image file: Choose the cropped photo you saved after cropping on the State Department site then click Upload


4. Upload your photo to walgreens.com, cvs.com, or whatever drugstore near you works! Order one print to pick up in the store. Or if you have a fancy printer, print at home.

5. Cut one of your photos out and attach to your passport application. Easy Peasy!


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