Photo for a passport, identity card or visa in Canada

You will need to submit a photo with your application for a Dutch passport, identity card or visa. This photo must meet certain requirements. You can take your photo online or have one taken by a photographer.

Requirements for photos

The photo used for a passport, identity card or visa must meet certain requirements. This includes requirements concerning size, quality, background, appearance, position, facial expression, glasses, exposure and framing. Your application will only be accepted if your photo meets all the requirements. See for more information about these requirements.

Having photos taken

You can have the photo for your passport, identity card or visa taken online or by a photographer.

Online photo

You can go to the website or (in Dutch only) to take a photo that meets the Dutch requirements.


If you have the photo taken by a photographer, tell them what requirements it must meet.

Download and print the pdf Photomatrix guidelines 2020 on and take the guidelines with you. They give detailed information for photographers about the Dutch requirements.

Photographers in Canada

The following photographers in Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto are familiar with the Dutch requirements. We advise you however, to point out the specific Dutch requirements to the photographer. Please call the store before you drop by to make sure they are open on the day of your visit.


Canadian Camera
250 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON
K1P 6M1

Tel.: +1(0)613-2384892


Super Best Art Creation
Cathedral Place, Shop #125
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC

Tel.: 604-6822555

Vancouver Passport Photos
Sinclair Centre
757 W Hastings Street # 147
Vancouver, BC, V6C 1A1

Tel.: 604-6883666


Aden Camera
382 Yonge Street
Unit 2 (ground floor)
Toronto, ON
M5B 1S8

Tel.: +1(0)416-9779711