Passport Photo FAQ

Passport Photos Frequently Asked Questions 

Cost for Passport Pictures

  • US Passport Photos (2×2) = $10.00
  • All other sizes = $15.00 (includes Canada, UK digital (600×750)..
  • (2) Photos Included with all purchases.
  • Additional Photos = $1.00 each

How long until I receive the passport photos

Alive Scan can capture and print passport photos in just 5 minutes. Also, our location provides easy freeway access for a convenience to San Diego customers. We are located right off the 5 freeway next to the Chase Bank. Whether you live in Pacific Beach, Clairemont, Mission Beach, La Jolla…. or you simply travel the 5 Freeway then this is the perfect place to visit for your passport photos.

Business Hours for Passport Pictures

Alive Scan aims to meet the needs of every San Diego passport photo request. You may simply walk-in during our normal business hours or call to schedule an appointment.

  • Monday 10:00am  – 5pm
  • Tuesday 10:00am  – 5pm
  • Wednesday 10:00am  – 5pm
  • Thursday 10:00am  – 5pm
  • Friday 10:00am  – 5pm

Do you offer a mobile passport photo service?

Occasionally I do offer a mobile passport photo service. There is a reasonable travel fee of $50 to cover time and travel expenses. Please call for more info.

Why can’t I smile in my passport photo?

The International Civil Aviation Organization recommends that passport photos be taken with a neutral expression for use with facial recognition systems – advanced technology that helps prevent fraud by electronically verifying identity based on each person’s unique facial features. Although US passport photo requirements say neutral face expression, it appears to not be enforced since many applicants do smile in their photo. Canadian passport photos do however require and enforce the “neutral” face expression and will reject the picture if their strict specifications are not met.

How to take passport photos of a baby or toddler?

When taking a photo of your baby or toddler, no other person should be in the photo, and your child should be looking at the camera with his or her eyes open.

Tip 1: Lay your baby on his or her back on a plain white or off-white sheet. This will ensure your baby’s head is supported and provide a plain background for the photo. Make certain there are no shadows on your baby’s face, especially if you take a picture from above with the baby lying down.
Tip 2: Cover a car seat with a plain white or off-white sheet and take a picture of your child in the car seat. This will also ensure your baby’s head is supported.