Quality requirements for the photo

You are not allowed any more to smile on your passport photos!

Do you need a new passport, please pay specific attention to your photo.

Indeed, passport photos must comply with I.C.A.O. standards (International Civil Aviation Organization). Standards have become stricter now.

If your photo does not comply, the municipal administration will have to refuse it.

Four new fundamental rules to bear in mind

Please bear the following in mind when you have your photo taken:

  1. A neutral facial expression: mouth shut, no smiling.
  2. Head and shoulders straight, right in front of the camera.
  3. Face totally uncovered: forehead, chin and the part towards the ears must be visible.
  4. The eyes are perfectly visible: no reflecting or tinted glasses, frames should not be too big but not too close to the eyeline either.

All the other I.C.A.O. standards are also very important.
To consult the official I.C.A.O. document, click  here (PDF, 426.8 KB).


New procedure 
Quality requirements for the photo 
European regulation