What Places Take Passport Photos?

Trying to figure out where to take an acceptable passport picture? Want to understand all the Canadian guidelines for an acceptable photo?

Luckily, we have all the information you need, outlined below. We know how frustrating applying for a passport can be. Especially when every country has different rules that make searching for information more difficult.

To ensure that you take a perfect Canadian passport picture, keep reading to see the requirements and our recommendations.

Canadian Photo Requirements

There are quite a few rules when it comes to Canadian passport photos. Unlike the US, these photos must be taken by a commercial photographer or studio, as per the government of Canada’s website. So, you can’t take these photos on your own and upload them online.

It’s important to find a professional photographer who understands the photo requirements in Canada. To make sure you have picked the right studio, check that the photo size is 50 mm wide X 70 mm high while the length of the face measures between 31 mm (1- 1/4 inches) and 36 mm (1- 7/16 inches) from the top to bottom.

As for your pose, to ensure that you have no issues with the application process, it’s best to do the following:

  • Maintain a neutral face (no smiling!)
  • Face the camera dead-on with your shoulders squared
  • Have your face be fully visible regardless of wearing a head covering or glasses
  • Don’t wear tinted glasses

By following the Canadian government’s guidelines, you’ll have your passport photo approved easily.

Where Can You Get Your Passport Photo Taken?

As mentioned earlier, Canadian passport photos may only be taken at a studio or by a commercial photographer.

Photo Studio Calgary

Photo Studio Calgary is the best place to visit for all your passport photo needs. With a 4.5/5 Google rating, our customers have been impressed with our outstanding customer service and how quick our process is. In just 5-10 minutes you can have an acceptable and great-quality passport photo taken, printed, and stamped. The only thing better than our services is our prices! For $6.97 you will receive 2 printed passport photos.

It’s super easy to book an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you. And with our great location, we are available to many different neighborhoods in Calgary. However, if you don’t have an appointment, we take walk-ins as well!

We’ve served over 80,000 people and lead the way in providing a hassle-free photo experience. Visit Photo Studio Calgary to understand why we are people’s first choice for passport photos.


If you are looking for passport photos outside of Calgary, Henry’s can be worth a visit. They mainly service Ontario with 18 different locations. They promise photos starting at $19.99 that will be processed within 15 minutes.

Jean Coutu

Jean Coutu is another acceptable Canadian passport photo studio that services Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick. They don’t have their cost posted online but do mention that you do not need an appointment to take a photo. If you are in a crunch, this can be a helpful place to check out.

London Drugs

If you are in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or British Columbia you can visit London Drugs for passport photos. They offer a $50 guarantee (in the form of a store gift card) if your photo doesn’t get accepted by the Canadian government. No prices or links to book an appointment are posted on their website, so they accept walk-ins during business hours.