What Size is a Wallet Photo?

In the world of smartphones, keeping a wallet photo has become a kind of unnecessary thing, but for those of us who are a bit old-fashioned in certain ways, a physical photo of your wife, children, or even yourself is an essential item.

If you consider printing yourself a wallet photo (also known as wallet prints), it's better to have it in the right size to fit a traditional leather wallet's photo slot.

So, what size is a wallet photo? There is no standard size of a wallet photo or prints. However, a size of 2.0" x 3.0" (50.8mm x 72.6mm) or below will fit in your wallet and is generally referred to as a wallet photo size by different printing companies. You can also use a 2" x 2" (51mm x 51mm) passport-sized photo to slide inside your wallet.
Generally speaking, there is no limit or guidelines available from wallet manufacturers on the size of the photo display window or pocket, so we checked multiple products to see the most common size found in traditional leather wallets.

The photo's size is also restricted by the available size options with the printing companies. Most of the time, they print multiple images per sheet, so you have fewer choices & selecting a custom size is not possible.

The average size of a photo pocket in a wallet

So, I tested around 30 different wallets to see the pocket's size, which can accommodate a photo. Almost all of them had an ID card slot, which people often use to keep a photo. I was not able to find a wallet that had a pocket specifically designed for a photo.Wallet Photo Pocket size

Since the slots are designed for IDs, the sizes were similar to a credit card slot.

Description Length Height
Smallest pocket size 2.6" (66mm) 1.89" (81mm)
Largest pocket size 3.5" (88mm) 3.2" (81mm)
Average pocket size 3.1" (78mm) 2.6" (71mm)

So, the sizes are not universal, but printing a picture less than a 2.0" x 3.0" dimension will cater to most cases.

However, if the picture is not fitting in, you can quickly reduce the size by clipping extra space from the sides.

How to calculate the exact photo size for my wallet?

So, if you are not sure and don't want to risk with the size, you can cut a piece of paper exactly 2.5" x 3.5" and try fitting it in. If some adjustments are required, then clip it off accordingly.
Once you think you have got a perfect size, you can measure it with a measuring tape to get the exact size.

Commonly Available Print Sizes

Now let's discuss the available print sizes for small photos like a wallet photo or a passport photo.

The size is too much dependent on what is being offered by the printing company.

Print sizes of wallet photo

We did some research and found these sizes available from the following companies.

Size (Inches) Images Per Set Estimated Price
(Without shipping)
Printing Company
2.0" x 3.0" 4 $0.99 for complete set of 4 Wall Greens Photo
2.0" x 3.0" 4 or 9 $1.97 for complete set of 4 Wallmart Photo Center
2.0" x 3.0" 4 $1.92 for complete set of 4 Mail Pix
2.5" x 3.5" 4, 8 or 16 $1.04 for complete set of 4 Nations Photo Lab
2.3" x 3.3" with round corners 8 $2.6 for complete set of 8 Nations Photo Lab
2.5" x 1.75" 8 or 16 $1.09 for complete set of 8 Nations Photo Lab
2.0" x 2.0" 1,2,4,8, or 16 $12.45 for complete set of 4 iVisa Passport Photos

How to protect wallet photos?

There are a few guidelines you should follow to extend life of your wallet photos.

  • Avoid direct sunlight as that will damage your photos very quickly.
  • Keep your photos away from high temperatures & humidity.
  • Avoid bending your photos.
  • Avoid stacking photos on each other as they can rub and will fade away.
  • Get a good quality print with protective quoting on it.
  • You can also use a small zip-tight plastic bag to secure your photos. This will keep them safe from dirty & oily hands.
  • To be on the safer end, keep a digital print with yourself to reproduce it if you lose your wallet.

Related Questions:

What size is a wallet photo at Walmart?
Walmart offers wallet photos in 2.0" x 3.0" size and charges 2 dollars for a set of 4 photos. Follow this link to get your pictures printed.

Is a 4x6 a wallet size?
No, 4x6 is the sheet's size, which will have four photos printed on it, each having a size of 2x3 inches.
Is a 2x2 a wallet size?
2x2 is a passport-size photo, but you can still get your photos in this size and slide it inside your wallet. Generally, 2x3 inches is considered a wallet-size photo.

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