Pakistani Passport Size Photo

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

What is the required Pakistan passport photo size?

Most ID documents in Pakistan require a 35x45 mm (3.5 x 4.5 cm) photo. The head height of the photo must be at least 29mm.

If you are applying online through NARDA, the aspect ratio of the photo must be 3x4 and the file size must not exceed 5 MB (and ideally be no more than 350 kb). Dimensions must be not less than 350 x 467 pixeles.

The image must be of high quality, with a resolution of 600 DPI.

These requirements apply to the following documents:
  • Pakistan passport
  • Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC)
  • Pakistan Card of Origin (POC)
  • National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP)
  • Visa to Pakistan

What is the required Pakistan passport photo background?
The background should be white and uniform, without any objects. You can take your photo against a white wall initially (make sure there are no bright shadows behind you ), or you can change the background later using special software. Note that a light-coloured background is not suitable on a printed photo: it must be exactly white. In the case of digital image, it's acceptable to take a picture against a light grey or beige wall.

What are other essential Pakistan photo requirements?
  • Photo must be new, taken no more than 6 months ago;
  • Picture must fully include your head and shoulders;
  • You should be looking straight at the camera;
  • Your facial expression must be neutral: no big smile or frowning eyebrows;
  • Your hair must not fall back on your face.

What to wear for a Pakistan passport photo?
Clothing can be anything, but it is advisable that it contrasts well with the background (so the quality of the image will be better). If you are wearing a religious headdress, make sure that its edges or folds do not obscure your face or cast a shadow on it.

Can I wear glasses in Pakistani passport photo?
Yes, but it's important that the lenses don't have glare that obscures the eyes. The frames should be thin so as not to distort the facial features.

How can I make a passport-sized photo by myself?
If you want to save time and money and take your passport photo at home yourself, you can process your photo in three ways:
  • Do it yourself in photoshop. This method is suitable if the background is originally white and uniform (changing the background yourself for a portrait is a task that requires a lot of skill). Brief guideline;
  • Free online software. Free software can instantly crop the picture to the same size as the portrait, but you will have to centre the image and change the background yourself;
  • Online for a small fee. In this case you will instantly get a suitable passport photo: the program will format the size and composition, change the background, improve the quality, prepare the file for printing and set the required size in kilobytes.

How do I check my passport photo for eligibility?
You can make sure in advance that your photo is taken correctly and that it will not cause any problems during the processing of the document. You can check your photo for any Pakistani ID for free on the official website of the Ministry of Interior of the Government of Pakistan. Link. Please note that the file size for verification should not exceed 350 KB.

What are the Pakistani baby passport photo requirements?
The rules for child passport photos in Pakistan are the same as those for adults. A child of any age must have his or her eyes open and look into the camera. Babies are allowed to leave their mouths open.
To get a good picture of your child, it is better to take the picture yourself rather than entrusting the task to strangers from a photo salon. This link gives detailed instructions on how to take your own passport photo of your baby at home.