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Germany: Create Biometric Passport Photos Online!

Our AI technology allows you to create biometric passport photos in the correct size easily and conveniently from the comfort of your home. You can make the passport photo yourself and have it printed nearby or delivered directly to your home. With our service, you can also easily create and print passport photos for babies. Ideal for passports, visas, and more!

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The Biometric Passport Photo

Since November 2010, it has been legally required in Germany to use a biometric photo for all identification documents. These legal regulations are issued in accordance with §4 of the Passport Act by the Federal Ministry of the Interior in collaboration with the Foreign Office. Their aim is to enable automated verification of the photos. The introduction of the biometric or electronic passport, known as ePass, on November 1, 2005, laid the foundation for these requirements. Since then, the ePass has been equipped with an RFID chip where biometric information such as the photo and, since 2007, fingerprints are stored.

Official Photo Sample Board from the German Federal Printing Office
Photo Sample Board from the German Federal Printing Office (download)

Biometric passport photos can still be created manually or generated using a passport photo app. Alternatively, they can be taken in photo booths or produced by a professional photographer. Regardless of the chosen method, the international criteria for biometric suitability must be met. These requirements include various aspects such as the image format, background, and facial expression. During the application process for an ID card or passport, these criteria are checked using various tools such as the official photo sample board, a passport photo template, and specialized software.

But what exactly should be considered when creating a biometric passport photo? How does such a photo differ from traditional passport photos? To clarify these questions and better understand the requirements for biometric photos, let's take a closer look at the details and recommendations for biometric photos.

A correct biometric passport photo is of crucial importance, as it ensures a smooth handling of official matters. Whether applying for travel documents or other governmental procedures, compliance with biometric requirements guarantees successful identification and ensures the seamless processing of your affairs.

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Online Passport Photo App

  • Take a photo or upload it
  • AI validates your photo
  • Preview the final version
  • Receive a print-ready digital file
  • Have it sent to you by mail if needed

Size and Format of Passport Photos

Below, we have summarized the requirements for a biometric ID photo:

  • Size: 35-45 mm
  • Orientation: Frontal without head tilt
  • Facial Filling: 70-80% face coverage
  • Facial Features: Clear, visible eyes
  • Mouth: Closed
  • Head Covering: None, except religious
  • Resolution: Very high (600 dpi)
  • Background: Light gray, uniform
  • Lighting: Well-lit
  • Color Neutral: No red or green tint
  • Paper: Smooth photo paper
  • Photo Age: Max. 6 months

For more information, visit a dedicated page: Passport Photo Size & Format

Can You Create Passport Photos Online?

Yes, you can create passport photos online, and it has never been easier! utilizes an AI-supported algorithm that does much more than just create a biometric photo. This intelligent app not only removes the background of your photo and turns it into compliant light gray but also automatically detects your face and precisely positions it in the image.

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If your photo has a slight tilt, you don't need to worry because the app will automatically straighten it. Furthermore, your photo will be precisely cropped according to governmental specifications, so you don't have to worry about the correct size. The best part is that the app generates a print-ready version of your photo that you can immediately print and use for your identification documents.

With, creating a biometric passport photo from the comfort of your home has never been easier, and you can be sure that it complies with strict governmental requirements. Give the app a try and simplify your life when updating your identification documents!

Making Passport Photos Yourself: Tips

If you are creating passport photos at home by yourself, it's important to:

  • Double-check the requirements for your country and the desired document type (most documents in Germany require a regular 3.5*4.5 cm biometric photo).
  • Prepare the environment and ensure that the lighting is good to avoid shadows or overexposure.
  • Dress neatly.
  • Ideally, ask someone else to take the photos of you.
  • Look directly into the camera and keep your mouth closed.

For more information, you can check out our special and detailed guide. If you are taking photos of a baby, this other guide may be helpful.

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With our online app, you can create your own photos. Our advanced AI-supported algorithm crops your photo to the right size. Receive your photos by mail or print them yourself.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Is it allowed to process photos for official documents with an app like yours?
Yes. Most modern cameras as well as photographers do slightly edit your photos in almost all cases. What's important is to preserve biometric features of your face during this processing. And that's exactly what our app does.
How can I print digital photos at home
Make sure to use 10x15cm (or 4x6") good quality photographic paper. If your printer gives you an option, choose borderless printing. Always make sure final dimensions of each individual photo are correct after printing.
How does your service work?
Our service generates professional photos for various types of documents such as IDs, visas, driving licenses, and passports. To generate a photo, you need to upload a selfie from your computer or mobile device. The images are stored for only 48hours and are available only to you. After that, the images are automatically deleted.
For which types of documents can I generate photos?
You can generate photos for IDs, driving licenses, Schengen visas, and passports.
How do I generate a photo?
To generate a photo, you need to upload a selfie from your computer or mobile device. Our system checks, processes, and adjusts the incoming photos and selfies to the required format for a specific combination of country and document type. The resulting photo is compliant with official requirements.
How long does it take to generate a photo?
The photo generation process is very fast and usually takes only a few seconds.
Is my personal information safe?
Yes, your personal information is safe with us. We store uploaded images for only 48hours and they are available only to you. After that, the images are automatically deleted.
Can I use my mobile phone to generate a photo?
Yes, you can use your mobile phone to generate a photo. Simply upload a selfie from your mobile device and our system will process it accordingly.
What happens if my generated photo is not accepted by the authorities?
Our photos are compliant with official requirements. However, if your generated photo is not accepted by the authorities, please contact us and we will do our best to solve the problem.
Do you provide delivery?
Yes, it's possible to order print & delivery of the photo you make yourself with our tool.
Are baby and child passport photos supported
Yes! In fact, it's very easy to get a compliant baby passport-photo with us. No need to take your newborn to a photobooth or a photographer.
Should the photo be new or can I use an old photo?
Some countries require photos for various types of documents that are not older than 6 months. We print a timestamp on both digital and physical photographs so that authorities can always verify the age of the photo.