General information about passports and passport photos.
Richmond’s most trusted passport, VISA and ID photographer. Known by many satisfied customers for their international passport photo needs.
I am one of the recommended Dutch passport photographers for the Royal Dutch Embassy in Washington DC., and a preferred photographer for VCU OPT students.
By appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call or text, 24/7, at 1-804-665-7908, or even better, fill out this contact form.
For more information visit PassportPhotoRVA.com. (Passport Photo RVA is part of Henrico Photo)
Hi, I am Erin Paula van Beveren, my pronouns are she/her, owner and photographer at Henrico photo since 2008. I am certified in professional photography trough the New York Institute of Photography and certified in passport photography trough the Dutch “Stichting Nederlandse Fotovakhandel” (Dutch Foundation of Photography Professionals). I am certified with the Dutch photomatrix 2007 specifications, and familiar with the current 2020 updated specifications.
I take my passport photography business very seriously. Some other passport photography outlets might have staff without proper training and are not too familiar with the various specifications that differ per country, and use poor lighting or equipment, which results in poor quality prints, that will be rejected. My photos are guaranteed to be in compliance with ICAO and government regulations.
And remember: If other outlets cannot get your passport photo made to the correct specification, Henrico Photo sure can, no matter what. Guaranteed.
I have been creating professional passport photos since 2008, and have the equipment, skills and experience to get the right exposure, color, contrast and dimensions, with no shadows or highlights, which are some of the requirements for a passing passport photo. You can count on me for the highest quality photos and prints.
As an additional option to the printed passport photo, I am also able to provide you with a digital photo, as required for the US DV lottery, USCIS OPT, Olympic athlete ID and for some other countries requirements. (I cannot upload digital photos directly to the agency, you will receive the digital photo by email or uploaded to your own USB memory stick)
You will receive your passport photos at the same time as you have your picture taken. Only one appointment is needed, no need to come back a few days later to pick up your prints. Your passport photos are ready and immediately printed in house, while you wait.
PLEASE NOTE: Henrico Photo does not accept passport applications and does not issue passports.
In the small event that your photos are rejected due to my photography, I will adjust or retake and print new photos free of charge.
I have a dedicated and calibrated studio/computer/software system with products from Canon, HP, HiTi and working with specialized European passport and ID software: IDphotoPRO.
The background will be confirming the specifications and will be bright white, white, gray, light or dark blue as needed/required by each country’s unique government requirement.
The photos are printed on a dedicated passport photo printer with true 400 dpi prints. I use professional European software for my passport, visa and other ID photos, with currently over 280 ID formats and up-to-date specifications of 87 countries, with the biometrics that automatically verifies that your photos meet all the requirements. At Henrico Photo I provide you with passport, VISA and other ID photos that are confirm the required specifications, including US, Canadian and European passports photos, Canadian permanent resident, citizenship and VISA photos, European VISA photos and most other foreign nationality photos for passports, VISA’s, and ID cards.
In compliance with ICAO’s (International Civil Aviation Organization), recommended practices, some 100 countries, including the United States and Canada, are issuing electronic passports or ePassports. In a world where security needs are constantly changing, countries all over the world look to ICAO for trustworthy advice. As technology evolves, ICAO’s standards and document specifications will continue to influence the passport’s development on a global scale. If you would like to learn more about ICAO and passports, please visit ICAO’s website.
The MRTD report focuses on two subjects relating to the ICAO Biometric Blueprint: the use of the face as the primary biometric for interoperability of ePassports, and the launch of the ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD) as the main global distribution point for all signing certificates from all issuers of ePassports.
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.
I often receive questions from prospective clients if I provide US passports. The answer is no, however I do provide the required US passport photos, as well as most international passport and VISA photos.
Dual citizens and legal permanent residents need their original passports renewed every 5 to 10 years and are already familiar with the way of obtaining their passports. This page is intended for US citizens.
Next to having a US passport, as a US citizen, you might need a VISA when going abroad to certain countries. You will have to check with your travel agent or embassy from the country you are visiting. Most destinations require a visa for each country, however for a short stay (90 days or less) in a lot of European destinations, called the Schengen area, only one visa is needed. Please check on this Schengen visa info website for more and current information. (https://www.schengenvisainfo.com)
To have a U.S. passport, you need to be a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization or be a U.S. national.
Depending on where you are traveling outside of the U.S., you will need to determine if you need a passport book or a passport card. A passport book is required for all international travel by air. To enter the United States at land border crossings or seaports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda, you can use a passport book or a passport card. A passport card is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book, but it cannot be used for international travel by air.
The application process is the same for either the passport book or card, even if you want both at the same time. You have to go in person to present your application. From Within the United States If you need to get a passport in seven weeks or less, you will need an expedited process. To find out where you need to go and what additional fees you’ll pay, follow the steps to get a passport quickly. If you will be traveling in more than seven weeks, you can follow the regular application process and apply in person at a passport acceptance facility.
To complete the application for a passport book, card, or both together, first do one of the following: Fill out the application online. Use the Passport Application Wizard to step through the process of filling out the application. When you’ve completed the application, print it out to take to the passport acceptance facility. Passport applications cannot be submitted online. Fill out the application by hand. Download the passport application form (DS-11) and instructions and complete the application by hand, or go to a local passport acceptance facility to get a copy to fill out. Whether you fill it out online or by hand, it is important that you do not sign the form until you are instructed to do so in front of a passport designated official you will meet when applying in person.
Personal documents. You’ll need to bring all of the following:
An original proof of citizenship document.
An acceptable photo ID document.
A photocopy of the front and back of the citizenship document and photo ID document.
Passport acceptance facility:
Online passport Application Wizard:
Download the passport application form (DS-11):