Four Things You Can't Wear When Taking Passport Photos
plans for international travel, for the most part, is exciting. Your
very first step after making the decision to go, even before you
purchase your tickets, is to do the not so fun, but totally necessary passport application
The easiest step in applying for a passport should be getting the
passport photo, but the requirements are very exacting. So save
yourself the headache of getting all the necessary paperwork together
and being turned away from your appointment because your photo isn't
You cannot be photographed for your passport in any kind of uniform
including military or law enforcement uniforms. One exception is for
diplomats or other officials who may get approval. Also, commercial
employees who wear their uniforms during travel, like pilots or flight
attendants, may get approval.
You cannot wear hats, scarves, or other headwear that completely covers your hairline
The exception is if it is part of your religious attire like a turban
or headscarf. Even then, your face must be visible from your hairline
to your chin and from the front of one ear to the front of the other.
Sunglasses or tinted eyeglasses
are also not allowed in passport
photos. If you normally wear eyeglasses, you can wear them in the
passport photo as long as the frames don't cover your eyes. If you have
tinted lenses for medical reasons, you may have to provide a signed
medical statement. You also can't wear contacts that make your irises
appear larger or smaller or obscure your eyes.
Lastly, you cannot wear anything temporary
Bluetooth devices, headphones, one-time facial decorations like team
logos from a sporting event, or temporary tattoos. You'll be
photographed in front of a white background, so contrasting clothing is
best. Keep in mind that immigration officials and others you may need
help from while traveling can be humorless, so use a neutral facial
expression in your passport photo.
While you can take a passport photo with a digital camera
, there are numerous locations with experienced personnel that offer on-site passport photo services
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