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jim584672 03-19-2016 03:33 PM

DIY Passport Photos $0.29
So being the cheapskate that I am I saw USPS charging $15 and Walmart charging $7.95 for passport photos. I am not paying that for a picture. So I took my picture with my camera. Went to https://travel.state.gov/content/pas...os/photos.html and used the photo tool to zoom/resize appropriately. Used Gimp free imaging software to get the image to do a 3x2 image map to a 4 by 6 inch print. Took the photo to Walmart and had it printed for $0.29 plus tax.

audreyh1 03-19-2016 03:41 PM

How about $0.00?

The last passport photos for each of us, we took ourselves. Printed out to spec on our printer with paper we already owned, ink already paid for.

But we do already have stuff set up for cameras and fine art printing, so that was just lucky :).

I actually tried first to get a passport photo at Walgreens, but it was out of focus! So I refused it, and did it myself as my husband had two years earlier.

What a waste that trip to Walgreens was - we even had to wait quite a while for the photo - had to go to lunch and return. I just couldn't believe how badly they did it.

Senator 03-19-2016 04:21 PM

I paid the $10.00. I did not want any issues with a picture not being the right size, color, format, etc.

The county had a good camera, a blank wall, and a printer. Everything was there.

Of course, after I saw it was just an amateur picture of me, taken against a white wall, by someone that was just the clerk (not a professional photographer), I figured I could have saved the $10.00...

Beldar 03-19-2016 04:34 PM

Free if you have a AAA membership.


ziggy29 03-19-2016 05:48 PM

We really need to do this. Our passports expired in November 2013, and as long we get pictures taken and sent in by November 2018 (assuming no international travel before then), we're fine. I just hate that it will cost us $220 (plus picture costs, plus certified mail costs) to renew it for another 10 years when we have no immediate plans to travel aboard.

braumeister 03-19-2016 05:59 PM


Originally Posted by ziggy29 (Post 1710213)
we have no immediate plans to travel aboard.

You might want to think about that.
Right now, the US Dollar is strong against major currencies like the Euro or the UK Pound, so this would be a pretty good time to take advantage of it.

athena53 03-19-2016 06:06 PM

I took the picture for my first passport in 1977. No digital technology then; I took the camera into the bathroom, posed in front of the mirror, then lowered the camera enough that my face wasn't blocked. I used black and white film and developed and printed it myself.

I may do my own again when I need one but that won't e for a few years. It will have to be an improvement over some of the Walgreen's versions I've had in the last few passports.

sengsational 03-19-2016 06:24 PM

I printed mine, DW, DD0, DD1 at the drug store from my own digital photo. I used my feet to get it sized right.

rodi 03-19-2016 08:33 PM

Yep - we did the whole family ourselves 8 years ago. And redid the boys last year (kids expire every 5 years.) We even made sure to print them all on one sheet of photo paper to save $

akck 03-20-2016 01:25 AM

We also took our own pictures, I sized them to meet requirements and printed them on photo paper we had. Very easy process, except for the number of pictures I had to take before my wife found one acceptable.

bizlady 03-20-2016 04:27 AM


Originally Posted by Beldar (Post 1710182)
Free if you have a AAA membership.


How and where?

Nunthewiser 03-20-2016 06:30 AM

I completely did it myself last year including the at home printing and it went fine. When it was time to renew the almost 16 year old daughter's we had the good fortune of having the clerk at the small post office shoot it. Avoiding the fight was worth the $15. Next time that kid can renew her own.

RonBoyd 03-20-2016 07:18 AM

This Google search shows there are many free software programs that make this process mistake-proof.

donheff 03-20-2016 07:20 AM

I did my DW's and my own a couple of years ago. Just get the size right and use good paper. I have a cutting board so the edges were sharp.

CRLLS 03-20-2016 12:55 PM

I just did this yesterday for DW's renewal. Digital camera shot, cropped it in Paint, inserted into Word and adjusted the size 2x2. Head shot height has to be 1"-1-3/8". I adjusted it to 1-1/4". I then printed on photo glossy paper with my inkjet printer and stapled it to the application.

Gotadimple 03-20-2016 02:53 PM

Or Costco. $4.95 for 2.

mn54 03-20-2016 05:20 PM


Originally Posted by Gotadimple (Post 1710465)
Or Costco. $4.95 for 2.

+1. Just did this a week ago. Very fast. No waiting to have the picture taken and out the door in 10 minutes.

Fedup 03-21-2016 11:10 AM

Costco is cheap enough for me.

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Beldar 03-21-2016 11:49 AM


Originally Posted by bizlady (Post 1710285)
How and where?

Just go into any AAA office and the pics are free (show them your membership card). It only takes a few minutes.


Raymond01 03-21-2016 02:11 PM

Sam's Club also does them for $4.95

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