How Can I Staple a Photo on a Passport Application?

You must staple your photo to your passport application correctly.
You must staple your photo to your passport application correctly. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Passport photos must meet every requirement put in place by the U.S. Department of State. Without meeting each requirement your passport photo could cause delays in your passport application or could cause your application to be denied. The way in which the photos are attached to the application is just as important and must be done correctly for your application to be approved.

Things You'll Need

  • Passport application
  • 2 passport photos
  • Stapler

Take your own passport photos or visit a passport acceptance facility or other authorized location to have your passport photos taken. Professional passport photos, such as those taken at passport acceptance facilities, automatically meet each of the U.S. Department of State’s photo requirements.

Locate the section on your passport application where your photo goes. Staple one of your passport photos to the photo square. Use four staples, one in each corner of the photo. All staples must be vertical and as close to the edges of the photo as possible.

Place your remaining passport photo in the envelope with your passport application and supporting documents. The U.S. Department of State requires that each of these steps be completed before you mail your application.

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