Taking a photo of a UK Passport

A UK Passport contains security features in two places:

  • the data page - which contains a passport photo and personal details; and
  • the page opposite the data page - which contains the document number and other important security features.

The best advice for taking a photo of the passport is as follows:-

  • Place the passport on a flat surface (e.g. a desk or table top)
  • Hold the passport still with one hand.
  • Ensure no important information (such as the MRZ - Machine Readable Zone - at the bottom of the document) is not obscured by a hand.
  • Tap the smartphone screen to focus the image
  • Take the photo.


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