If you're travelling you need up-to-date photos for passports, visas and international driver’s licenses. Our New Zealand passport photos are guaranteed to satisfy the strict new NZ Immigration Department criteria. We also take passport photos for other nationalities - the ID station we are trialling produces a compliance certificate.
New Zealanders with existing passports can renew on-line. You will require a digital photo and we can provide this for you - guaranteed to meet the biometric guidelines.
Not required*. Just come into the store - we will take your photo and print it while you wait.
*If you have a baby you will need to make an appointment (more under "BABIES" below)
GETTING THE PHOTOS
In most cases they are ready in about 10 minutes.
HOW MANY PHOTOS
You will receive 4-8 color photos that are identical in size (number of photos on the 6x4" sheet depends on size of passport photo.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR
It is strongly recommended that you do NOT wear a white blouse, shirt, or jacket as your clothing will blend into the background. Exception - if your photo requires a blue background then wear any colour except blue.
We can take photos for almost every other identification requirement. For example: visas, foreign citizenship, gun license, I.D., educational applications, etc. However, you MUST bring along the application forms as photo sizes and other requirements are not all the same.
We can only take passport pictures of children who can sit up (with a little assistance) and hold up their own heads. They must have their mouth closed - this is not an easy request so try bringing along some food like raisins if they are able to eat with their mouth closed! If your child meets those minimal requirements, we'll be happy to try photographing him or her.
Despite the difficulty in getting babies to oblige, the NZ Immigration Department insists photos of babies must satisfy their new strict criteria such as mouth closed. If your baby can't sit upright and hold it's own head up we will need to take the baby out to our photo studio and lie the baby down - a studio sitting fee of $50 will apply. Alternatively you can take a photo of your baby at home when the baby is content.
• Lie your baby on a smooth white/pale blue cloth that has no folds, creases or texture
• Turn the flash off to avoid red eye and shadows and hold the camera very still (a tripod will help).
• Do not get too close - we can crop the head to the right size - try head down to waist.
• We will then import your photo into our passport template and print it for $10 per sheet if it satisfies the citeria.
Open-mouthed smiles showing your teeth are not allowed for passport photos. The face must have a relaxed, neutral expression with the mouth closed.
We strongly suggest that glasses not be worn when the photo is taken, because glare, no matter how small, can cause rejection. This is despite the guideleines saying it is possible - one of our customers brought back a photo that was rejected due to a spot of light on the frame - nothing on the lens and the eyes were clearly visible.
If your photo is rejected we will retake them at no charge.
Default size (NZ, Australia, etc)