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Navigo card?

I've never used a Navigo but an upcoming trip of parts of 5 days Tue-Sun make it look good. Do I need actual passport photos or is a photocopy enough? Any particular size? The RATP website says I can purchase them at a ticket machine. Do I need to first arrange some sort of cover including the photo at a window or is it self assembly? Any down sides?

Thanks. I've used carnets previously.

Posted by
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I think you need an actual passport sized photo. When I got one 5 years ago that was all I needed. They provided the rest. I think it was self assembly.

Posted by
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Nigel, you can make a photo copy (on regular paper) of your passport, and reduce it to the right size. They're not picky. I had two different sizes cut down, and she picked one and popped it in for me. Then on later visits you can just recharge it.

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Some of the larger metro stations have photo booths where you can do an old-fashioned selfie.

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My wife and I took each others pictures against a blank background with a digital camera. I adjusted the image with the zoom function until I got the requisite 1" by 1.25" size, printed them on an inkjet printer, trimmed them down with a pair of scissors and took them with us. Done in 5 minutes at the TGV train station at CDG.