Pop Quiz: Are the children in the 2 photos the same person?
As a child grows older, he or she changes significantly to the point where their face no longer resembles their previous passport photo. This is especially true if the last passport was issued when the child was an infant. As a result, it is often very difficult to recognize that the applicant and the person in the previous passport photo are one and the same person.
For that reason, we request the parents bring photos that show the physical development of their child since their last passport was issued. We suggest that you submit at least one photo from every year since the last passport was issued. Failure to do so may result in delay of issuing your child’s passport until you can provide such photos.
Development photos may also apply to first time adult passport applicants. Adults can change too! If you’ve had a dramatic change in appearance since your last passport photo – such as a significant weight loss or plastic surgery – the consular officer may request that you present developmental photos or other documentation.
All development photos will be returned to the parents/applicants. Please do not bring photos on your phone or other mobile device; electronic devices are not permitted in the consular waiting room.
Answer: The 2 photos are the same person! Surprised? This is why we need development photos.