Passport Photos

Get passport & ID photos at CVS®.*

Quick, convenient and government compliant. Guaranteed.


Whether you’re renewing your passport, changing your name or need a new ID photo, the CVS® photo team makes the process fast, safe and convenient. Passport photos costs $16.99, and we guarantee they meet all mandatory government parameters. 

* PLEASE NOTE: CVS Pharmacy® is not an acceptance facility for passport applications; we do not issue passports. You will find instructions on your application for submitting your photo and application to the State Department in Washington D.C. Learn more about our Money Back Guarantee
How to get your passport and ID photos.

The KODAK Biometric ID Photo System.


Government compliant. Guaranteed. 


We take passport and ID photos using the KODAK Biometric ID Photo System, which automatically verifies your photos meet all government requirements. No need to worry about the latest regulations – our patented system updates as regulations change. You’ll receive two prints, one with your ID photos and one with your verification certificate

Passport Photo FAQs

Where to get Passport photos taken?

Passport photos are available in select CVS Pharmacy locations.

How much do passport photos cost?

Our passport photos cost $16.99. You can purchase two additional photos for $2.99.

Can I get my passport or turn in my passport application at CVS?

CVS Pharmacy is not an acceptance facility for passport applications and does not issue passports. Visit click here for more information about passport applications and renewals.

What do I need to bring to CVS in order to have my Passport photo taken?

You do not need to bring anything with you when you arrive at a CVS Pharmacy to have your photo taken.

What is the correct size and dimensions of a Passport photo?

The correct photo measurement is 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size. The subject’s head should be 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.

What should I wear to have my passport photo taken?

Wear clothing you would normally wear on a daily basis. Please do not wear uniforms, clothing that looks like a uniform, or camouflage patterns. If you wear a hat or head covering for religious or medical purposes, please click here for more information about passport photo compliance.

Can I wear eyeglasses in my Passport photo?

Eyeglasses are not allowed in passport photos, except in rare circumstances when eyeglasses can’t be removed for medical reasons.

Will I need to remove my mask or face covering for my passport photo?

Yes, you will need to remove your mask or face covering to take your passport photo. Our CVS Photo associates will ensure proper social distancing is followed.

Can I order my Passport photo online?

Unfortunately, you are not able to order your passport photo online on®. Passport photos must be taken in store at one of our CVS Pharmacy locations.

Are passport photos from CVS government compliant?

Yes. We use the KODAK Biometric ID Photo system, which automatically verifies that your photos meet all requirements for passport photos.

What if my photo fails government compliance?

If your photo fails government compliance, return it with your receipt to any CVS Pharmacy store. For more info regarding return policies visit our return policy FAQ.

Where can I get visa photos taken?

Visa photos are available in select CVS Pharmacy locations.

What is the correct size and dimensions of a visa photo?

Most embassies require a photo measurement of 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size. The subject’s head should be 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. Be certain to confirm the visa photo guidelines for the country you plan to visit before submitting final documentation.

Can I use my passport photo for my visa?

Yes, your visa and passport photos can be identical.

What is the difference between a visa and a passport?

A passport is a travel document issued by the government of a traveler's native or adopted country and verifies proof of citizenship. A visa is a temporary document issued by the government of the country you are visiting which allows you to be in their country for a certain period of time.

How To Take Passport Photo

Taking your passport photo at CVS is easy. Just go to your local CVS with a Photo center and ask a colleague to take your passport photo using the Kodak Moments Biometric ID Photo System. Before taking your photo, remove any accessories such as glasses or hats. You can’t smile in passport photos, so just relax and let the colleague snap a photo of your neutral expression.

Why Can’t You Smile in a Passport Photo?

The U.S State Department specifies photos must have a neutral facial expression with both eyes open and mouth closed.

Can I Wear A Uniform In My Passport Photo?

No, you cannot wear uniforms in passport photos. If you plan to take a passport photo after working in a uniform, it is recommended to change into an unlettered shirt before your photo

Can I Wear A Head Covering In My Passport Photo?

You may only wear a head covering if you submit a signed statement that verifies that the hat or head covering is part of recognized, traditional religious attire that is required to be worn in public or a signed doctor's statement verifying the item is used daily for medical purposes. It is recommended to keep hair and face coverings out of your face to ensure facial recognition systems can work properly.

Can My Childs Eyes Be Closed In A Passport Photo?

Passport photos are accepted if an infant's eyes are not open or entirely open. Any children older than infants must have their eyes open.

How To Staple Passport Photo

Passport photo applications have a spot to staple your photo, staple each side of the print vertically with two staples as close to the outer edges as possible.
Today, photo requirements for passports are stricter than ever. Don’t risk having your application rejected. Bypass uncertainty with Kodak Moments Biometric ID Photo System. Our patented system automatically verifies compliance, making it fast, simple, and convenient.
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