Passport PhotosThe Better Half and I got applications for renewal of our Utah Concealed Firearm Permits in the mail today. Since we are going to renew online, we have to upload “passport quality” photos with our application. The Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (can’t they think of a less incriminating name than that?) also requires that if your state recognizes Utah permits, you must upload a copy of your state CCW permit. I took photos of our Arizona permits which I will upload as well. That leaves the passport photo issue to solve.

I did a search for “passport photo requirements” and got a hit on a US Department of State information page that addresses the subject. The requirements for a hard-copy photo are as follows:

  • In color
  • Printed on photo quality paper
  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis

The requirements for a digital image are all the same except that the person’s face must be “well positioned” within a 600×600 pixel image. This requirement is easily met by using the DOS on-line photo tool. It allows you to:

  • select a digital image stored on your computer
  • resize and rotate it if necessary
  • crop it to a square image of exactly 600 x 600 pixels
  • save it to your computer for printing

So, I used the tool after taking photos of The Better Half and myself and I must say that we look better than the images on our current Utah permits. Let’s hope that they don’t add their own “deterioration” to the end result. I will formally fill out the on-line forms tomorrow now that everything is in place.