Getting your passport photo in New York
City can be simple, fast and cheap. You might not realize it, but there are few areas in the city where you aren't a short walk from a place to get your passport photos taken. Here are some of the easiest-to-find locations for a quick and inexpensive passport photo.
The Post Office
Most U.S. Postal Service locations can not only accept your passport application, but they'll take your photo, too. Some require an appointment, but most in New York City do not. The main post office at 421 8th Ave. is just one of the many New York City locations where you can have a passport photo taken.
For a detailed listing of U.S. post offices and the availability of passport services, do a search on the United States Postal Service website (See Resources). Select "Passport Application Services" from the drop-down menu.
Chain Drug Stores
Most of the big chain drug stores that have photo counters will take your passport photo. In New York City those include CVS (www.cvs.com/CVSApp/store/storefinder.jsp), Duane Reade (www.duanereade.com), Walgreen's (www.walgreens.com/dmi/passport/default.html) and Rite Aid (www.riteaid.com/photos/passport_photo.jsf). Visit their websites for store locations.
UPS Stores & FedEx Office
Some--but not all--UPS Stores (www.theupsstore.com) and FedEx Office (formerly FedEx Kinko's) locations will take your passport photo. The website is www.fedex.com/us/office/copyprint/photo/passport.html. In Manhattan, those stores include the UPS Stores at 353 3rd Ave., 8th Ave., between 52nd and 53rd, and 1 Penn Plaza (next to K-Mart). Use the online store locators and call ahead to make sure the service is available.
Most AAA locations, including those in New York City, will take passport photos for members for a fee. Many electronic shops with photo counters will do the same, including the three Midtown Manhattan locations of Doi Camera (15 East 42nd St., 250 Park Ave. and 285 Madison Ave.). The main commercial districts of Chinatown have numerous photo and electronic shops, and many of these locations will take and print your passport photo. These are often among the cheapest options.
Edward Drummond has been writing for newspapers, magazines and the Web since 1992. He's been a first-hand witness to some of history's biggest events, and written about some of the world's most remote and unique places from Asia to Antarctica for publications around the world. Drummond has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science from SUNY New Paltz.