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Passport photos in Leicester

Getting a passport photo taken is something we all have to do at some point.

If it’s time for you to get a passport photo done, then you may want to know exactly where you can go in Leicester to get it taken.

Below we’ve listed all the places you can get a passport photo taken in Leicester:



There are several photo booths located on the Lower Level of the Highcross Shopping Centre. They are tucked away in a corner just after House of Fraser. If you head from House of Fraser towards John Lewis you’ll see them on your left.

Haymarket Shopping Centre

There’s just one set of photo booths in the Haymarket, which are situated on the Clock Tower exit just before Costa Coffee.

WH Smiths – Gallowtree Gate

There’s a photo machine on the ground floor of WH Smiths on Gallowtree Gate.

Boots – Gallowtree Gate

Also on Gallowtree Gate, you can get a passport photo taken on a special booth in Boots.

Leicester Train Station

You’ll find a public photo booth machine on the main concourse of Leicester train station.

Max Spielmann

For a more professional passport photo, you can visit the Max Spielmann store on Horsefair Street – prices start at £7.99 so it’s a bit more expensive than the £4.00 machines, but at least you’ll know you’re getting a valid photo!

Passport photo requirements

When you’re getting a new passport photo, make sure they meet the requirements or they could be rejected – which can delay your passport.

Photo size

Passport photos must be professionally printed (all of the above photo booths provide this) and be 45mm tall and 35mm wide. This is the standard ‘Passport Photo’ setting on the above booths, so make sure you select the correct option before taking your pictures.

Your photos must be:

  • in colour on plain white photographic paper
  • taken against a plain cream or light grey background
  • identical
  • taken within the last month
  • clear and in focus
  • without any tears or creases
  • unmarked on both sides (unless a photo needs to be countersigned)
  • unaltered by computer software

Your photos must show you:

  • facing forward and looking straight at the camera
  • with a neutral expression and your mouth closed
  • without anything covering the face
  • in clear contrast to the background
  • without a head covering (unless it’s worn for religious or medical reasons)
  • with eyes open, visible and free from reflection or glare from glasses
  • with your eyes not covered by sunglasses, tinted glasses, glasses frames or hair
  • without any ‘red eye’
  • without any shadows in the picture

Passport photos of children

Children should be on their own in their photo – not sitting in the booth with their parents. Babies shouldn’t have dummies in their mouths or be holding toys/bottles etc… in the pictre.

If your child is under 6, the rules about facial expressions and looking directly at the camera are a bit more lax – as long as the photo is a likeness of them.

Similarly, children under 1 can have their eyes closed and their head can be supported in the booth – however your hand shouldn’t be visible in the photo.