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Passport photo rules now include no glasses regulation

New passport rules went into effect on Nov.

New passport rules went into effect on Nov. 1, 2016. Credit: Getty Images / Kritchanut

Under new rules that went into effect Nov. 1, the State Department will not accept passport photos if you are wearing glasses. Here are other passport photo regulations to keep in mind:

  • You must submit a photo taken within the past six months.
  • Photos must be high resolution. They cannot be blurry or grainy.
  • Photos must show your true skin color. They cannot be over- or underexposed or have shadows on your face.
  • Selfies are a bad idea. Photos taken too close or too far away will be rejected.
  • Photos must meet image-size requirements of 2 by 2 inches.
  • Be aware that many countries, including popular European destinations, require that passports have at least six months of validity left when you enter the country. This is not a new requirement, but it has been more strictly enforced over the past several years, according to the State Department.


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