No Eyeglasses Allowed In New Passport Photos

As of November 1, 2016, the State Department will no longer allow eyeglasses to be worn in official photos taken for your United States passport moving forward. Some experts estimate that every 6 out of 10 people wear corrective lenses of some kind, this is one change that could affect millions of people moving forward.

The New York Daily News indicates that the change was made, in part, to help decrease the total number of applications that are rejected each year due to poor quality photos. Eyeglasses in passport photos regularly create glare and cause shadows that can make the processing of passport photos difficult. Experts indicate that out of the 200,000+ passports that were submitted with poor quality photos in 2015 alone, the number one issue time and again had to do with eyeglasses.

Passport Photo Considerations

It’s important to note that this new rule regarding eyeglasses goes into effect even if you wear lenses all the time, and even if you’ll be wearing them while traveling. It’s also worth mentioning that the State Department has said that if your CURRENT United States passport features a picture with you wearing eyeglasses, you do NOT have to apply for a new passport right away.

However, the next time your passport application comes up for renewal you WILL have to be photographed again and you will NOT be permitted to wear eyeglasses while doing so.

Passport Photo Creator

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, taking a passport photo isn’t the long, frustrating process that it used to be. It’s something that you can now complete in just a few short minutes of your time with any smartphone or tablet thanks to the new Passport Photo Center app.

Prevent yourself from being one of the 250,000 passport applications that are rejected due to an insufficient photo each year by easily taking photos that meet all governmental requirements. Just open the app, snap the picture with your smartphone or tablet camera and select a nearby Walgreen’s store for printing. From the moment you take your picture, the finished photo will be ready for you to pick up in as little as 60 minutes.

Passport Photo Center is available for the iOS and Android operating systems and is available to download now on the app store of your choice.

Features of Passport Photo Creator

  • Real-time Review & Compliance checks
  • Print to any Walgreen’s Location
  • Easy to Use with simple to use ¬†screen to check and verify passport photo.



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