Issues with passport photos are the primary reason applications are denied, which sucks if you need a passport quickly, already booked that trip or don't want to deal with the headache of applying again. Here are four things you can do to make sure your passport photo gets accepted. Like with any application, you only want to have to go through submitting it once, so here's what you can do to cut down on the likelihood your passport application will get denied because of your photo.
- Look natural, from your expression (which should be neutral) to your outfit to even the amount of makeup you wear in the picture, aim to look as you would day-to-day rather than more dressy.
- Don't wear thick-rimmed or tinted glasses. While glasses are acceptable in Australian passports, anything that obscures the face is not.
- Use a white or off-white background, and keep the background simple and flat.
- Submit a photo taken in the last six months. If you've cut your hair recently, use a photo with your new hairstyle.
These might all sound easy to do, but they're also easy to mess up.
The Main Reasons Your Passport Application Will Be Denied [Conde Nast Traveller]