New U.S. passport/visa requirement - No eyeglasses!

This was news to me. It does not appear to affect current U.S. passports and visa BUT effective November 1, 2016 customers applying for or renewing their passport must remove glasses for their passport photo. There may be rare instances where glasses are allowed but if you are going to be renewing or applying any time soon, be sure to take your eyeglasses off for your photo. The reason given: identification ease due to lack of picture clarity, glare, etc. Apparently over 200K applications were returned last year for these reasons.

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Thanks for the heads up -- I'm needing to renew my PP in the near future and did not know this!

We heard about it on the local news just this morning but... a couple weeks ago, hubby went to complete his Global Entry application and for that picture, he had to take his glasses off.

It is worth taking note about this because the minimum wage-earning convenience store clerk should not be responsible for telling people to take their glasses off for PP photos. Maybe they will, maybe they won't. Personally, I would not want timely processing of my PP to hinge on that variable.

I get my photo taken at WalMart -- I've got no faith in them knowing the law.

My favorite is when I had my drivers license made, the examiner said, "NO Smiles, I want you to look like you will when the trooper pulls you over"...

LOVE this. Thank you for the chuckle this morning!

When my driver's license was renewed, I had to take off my glasses for the photo because I passed my eye test without them.

In the state of Nevada, eyeglasses at DMV has been a no no since at least 2001. Passport photo places are well aware of that and have you remove glasses for photos. I'm surprised that is just now becoming a requirement,,,

We do the same in Canada.

For both PP and Drivers Licence

Good info, just started wearing glasses this year. Now i know.

Been that way with Canadian passports as long as I remember. Was that way for my first Canadian passport some 42 years ago.No glasses.


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