In this guide we show you how to get a passport or biometric photo in Paris.
A photo kiosk or photographer
You can get 35 × 45 mm passport pictures at a photo booth (“photomaton”).
There are photo booth machines all over Paris. Make sure your photo booth is licensed by ANTS. The price can vary between €5-€7 in coins. Once you have paid you simply follow the instructions on the screen. The machine will then print 4 to 5 copies of your preferred photo.
List of photo machines – Google Maps
You can get biometric photos taken by a professional photographer as long as they are licensed by the “Agence nationale des titres sécurisés” (ANTS). These photographers can cost from €25 and up.
These biometric photos are accepted by ANTS (“Agence nationale des titres sécurisés”). When applying for a French identity card or passport, you only need to send 1 photo.
At airports, train & metro stations
There are passport photo kiosks at many trains stations and airports around France.
They will be typically located next to the entrance of the station.
French passport photo requirements
If you are applying for a French photo ID, make sure to follow the below format and guidelines set out by the Interior Ministry.
|Quality||Clear image with no folds or damage|
|Format||35 x 45mm|
|Visibility||Proper exposure, no shadow, not black and white|
|Background||Light blue or gray|
|Head/Face||No garments, looking straight ahead|
|Expression||Mouth closed and neutral expression|
|Hair||Not covering ears or face|
|Spectacles and frames||Permitted, non tinted lenses|
Biometric photos for other countries
If you need a specific format or sized photo, you may have to visit a licensed photographer. This photographer will be able to meet the requirements of whatever biometric photo you need.
Passport photo format by country – snappy snaps