Photo for a passport or identity card in South Africa

If you are a Dutch national and currently live in South Africa, you can apply to the embassy in Pretoria for a passport or identity card. The photo you submit with your application must meet specific requirements.

Requirements for passport and identity card photos

The photo used in a passport or on an identity card must meet certain requirements. These include requirements concerning size, quality, background, appearance, position, facial expression, glasses, exposure and framing.

See for more information about these requirements.

Getting a passport photo made that meets Dutch requirements

Other countries often have different requirements for passport photos than the Netherlands. You should always tell a photographer abroad exactly what requirements your passport photo must meet. Also tell them that the photos are for the Dutch embassy or consulate. If the photos don’t meet the requirements your passport or identity card application may be rejected. The photographers listed below are located near the embassy or consulate and are familiar with the Dutch requirements.

Online passport or identity card photos

This website allows you to upload a photo that meets Dutch requirements:
Website: (in Dutch only)

Photographers in South Africa

The following photographers in South Africa are familiar with the Dutch requirements:


Kodak Express
Brooklyn Mall
Tel.: +27 (0)12 346 0868


Photon Image Centre
Shop 32, The Leaping Frog Garden Centre
Cnr William Nicol Drive & Mulbarton Road
Beverley, Fourways
Tel.: +27 (0)11 467 9667

Cape Town

Photo Studio Lockley
Albert Langenberg
21 Plein Street
Tel.: +27 (0)21 883 3131

Tothills Photo Discounters
Peter van Laeren
18 Lower Burg Street (on the corner of Riebeek and Lower Burg Street)
Cape Town
Tel.: +27 (0)21 421 2421 / +27 (0)21 425 2054


Westville Mall, Shop 24
Tel.: +27 (0)31 266 0159