New Requirements for Passport and Visa Photos as of November 1, 20160
Beginning November 1, 2016, applicants for U.S. passports and visas must remove their glasses for their application photos. This change will help eliminate glares and shadows that can lead to delays in processing visa and passport applications. Applicants may wear glasses only in rare circumstances of documented medical necessity during urgent travel.
The change will ensure consistent photo standards for passport and visa services. The Department expects a record-high of more than 20 million passport applications in Fiscal Year 2017. Last year, more than 200,000 passport customers submitted poor quality or otherwise non-compliant photos, which delayed processing their passport applications. The change will prevent many such delays, ensuring more passport and visa applicants have travel documents when they need them.
For more information on the change, visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/news/no-glasses-nov-1st.html.
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Requirements for a Good Passport Photo
- Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper
- Size of photo
- 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
- Size of head must be between 1 -1 3/8 inches (25 – 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
- View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.
- Recent, taken in the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
- No glasses
- If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a signed note from your doctor with your application.
- Background must be plain white or off-white
- Head must be directly facing the camera with your full face in view
- Taken with a neutral facial expression or a natural smile, with both eyes open
- In color
- Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis
- No hats or head coverings, unless you wear it daily for religious purposes. Your full face must be visible and your head covering cannot cast shadows on your face.
- No headphones or wireless hands-free devices.