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No Glasses Allowed

As of November 1, 2016, passport photos are not longer compliant if you are wearing glasses. The glasses passport photo topic has been recently pushed by the U.S. Department of State. All passport photos submitted after November 1st, 2016 should have the photo taken without glasses. This decision was the result of over 200,000 passport photos being denied due to non-compliant photos. The U.S. Department of State decided this new rule would lower that number of rejected photos since glasses can cast a shadow on the subjects face and obstruct the details in the face or even minorly change the overall look of the subject.

Glasses in Passport Photos Update

Make sure you are always up to date with the latest compliance requirements. The U.S. Department of State is very strict about their passport photo application and photo requirements. Any mistakes or errors will cause your application to be suspended or denied. The Passport Photo Creator mobile app will help ensure you have a perfect passport photo every time, with all the latest compliance requirements built in.

So what do you do if you have a passport or official photos with glasses on?

Nothing. If your passport was officially issued prior to November 1, 2016, then you do not need to be concerned with this law. However, it is good to be aware of it in case you get stopped at a border control.

What if my glasses change my appearance?

It is true that your passport photo must change if your appearance changes. However growing facial hair, coloring your hair, and whether you are wearing glasses or not does not require you to change your photo. In cases of a gender change, extreme weight loss or gain, or having undergone significant facial surgery or trauma are the times that this is a necessity.
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