You’ll Soon No Longer Be Allowed to Wear Glasses in Your Passport Photo

Sep 9, 2016

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Taking a valid passport photo can be a real challenge. Make sure you’re in front of a white background, there’s great lighting, the perfect amount of exposure, you’re not wearing a large scarf or hat, you’re in the center of the frame and there are no shadows. But soon, there’ll be one more thing to look out for in your next photo — make sure you’re not wearing glasses.

Beginning November 1, 2016, the State Department will no longer allow travelers to wear glasses of any kind in their passport photos. If you normally wear glasses, you’ll have to remove them for your next photo if you’re applying after November 1.

I somehow received a passport with someone else's photo.
You’ll no longer be allowed to wear glasses in your passport photo as of November 1.

The State Department issued this news as part of its #PicturePerfectPassport campaign on Twitter and Facebook, which instructs travelers how to take the best possible passport photo so it’ll be approved every time.

What do you think of the State Department’s new rule?

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