Passport Photos

*We only take Passport Applications by Appointment. Please call 515-286-3160 to make an appointment. To Find a list of Passport Acceptance Facilities click here or you can find local USPS locations for Passports here.*

In order to get your passport you will need to provide one passport photo.

Your Photograph Must Be:

  • In color
  • 2 x 2 inches in size
  • Printed on thin, photo-quality paper
  • Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance
  • Full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background
  • Between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
  • Taken in normal street attire:
    • Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious attire that is worn daily
    • Do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline
    • If you normally wear a hearing device, wig or similar articles, they should be worn for your pictures. 
    • Glasses are not allowed in photos.

For your convenience, the Polk County Recorder's Office offers photo services on site. The charge for this service is $15.00.

We are open to the public 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday thru Friday. For same day service of Vital Records you must be in the office by 3:30pm. Passports are by appointment only. Call 515-286-3160 with any questions or to set up an appointment.