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My wife is in the process of renewing her UK passport in the US and has had her passport photos rejected claiming they do not meet IPS standards because the photo is the "incorrect size". As far as we could determine, it is impossible to get the correct size anywhere in the USA, so we sought out a professional photographer with a 2D guillotine type cutter that claimed to be 45×35 mm. I have since measured the remaining photos he cut for us and they are all 45.2 mm by 35.1 mm(+/-0.1mm). They meet all the other image size criteria except this one, which I believe is outside the ability of the passport office to measure, but they were cut from a slightly larger original contrary to the instructions.

My feeling is that since no one applying can satisfy the requirement for the correct size uncut photo, some jobsworth is having sport rejecting photos. We cannot travel back to the UK to get the correct size photos (they still have her passport!), so what should we do? Is there a source of 45mm×35mm matt photo paper? Does anyone know of a UK size passport photo machine in the USA? We are prepared to travel within the lower 48 and make a bit of a vacation out of it, but do not know where there may be one.

Can we abandon the application and re-apply hoping to get a different photo examiner?
Date: Jan 22, 2013   


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