How to make your visit fast and easy:
1. Bring in all relevant paperwork
2. Do not wear a white shirt, blouse or jacket
3. Read all the instructions below
APPOINTMENTS - Not required. Just come into the store and we
will take your photo as soon as possible, usually in under 5
GETTING THE PHOTOS - In most cases they are ready in
about 10 minutes. More time may be
required if they are a special size or multiple sizes are
required. If your photos are taken late in the day they may
not be ready until the next morning that we are open.
HOW MANY PHOTOS - You will receive 2
color photos that are identical in size.
Extra copies are available at a reduced cost of $5 per pair.
GETTING PASSPORT APPLICATIONS -
- To download an application form,
- To download the form to renew
a passport by mail click
- Or, forms can be obtained from
any passport agency or acceptance facility (such as
Aiken main Post Office.)
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR - Because a white
background is required, it is
strongly recommended that you do NOT wear a white blouse,
shirt, or jacket. All other colors are acceptable.
OTHER PHOTOS - We can take photos for
almost every other identification requirement. For example:
visas, foreign citizenship, gun registry, HandyDart,
educational applications, etc. However, you MUST bring along
the application forms as photo sizes, signature and stamp
and placement requirements are not all the same.
BABIES & SMALL CHILDREN - Yes, we do
take these. There is a slight additional charge for children
under 4 years of age, as extra work is required to make sure
that their photos are acceptable to the passport office.
FACIAL EXPRESSION -
Open-mouthed smiles showing your
teeth are not allowed in US
and most other identification photos. The face must have a
relaxed, neutral expression.
GLASSES - We strongly suggest that
glasses not be worn when the photo is taken,
because glare can cause rejection.
REJECTED PHOTOS - If we have taken the photo, chances are
that it will not be rejected, as we make sure that they meet
application standards. If they are rejected we will retake
them at no charge.
YOUR APPEARANCE - Try to dress, comb your hair, trim beard,
etc as you will when you are traveling. The closer you look
to your photo, the less problems you will have.
I suggest you dress
somewhat formally and conservatively, because the people who
examine your passport tend to be pretty conservative. There
are countries where dress that is too casual or revealing
can get you into trouble, so make sure the passport photo -
which you'll be using for the next 10 years - is somewhat