You may be feeling a lot of pressure to take a really awesome passport photo. First of all, adults keep the document for 10 full years — and a decade is a long time to cringe at your own half-closed eyes or goofy smirk. Plus, you might have also seen that the late Prince (may he rest in peace) took the best passport photo of all time, and felt inspired to measure up.
But if glasses are part of your signature look, you can forget about wearing them to take that snap, the state department now says. Beginning this month, people applying for or renewing U.S. passports must remove their specs before taking the photo.
"Last year, more than 200,000 U.S. passport customers submitted poor-quality photos, which we couldn't accept. The No. 1 problem was glasses," the state department stated in the news announcement. "We had to put their passport applications on hold because we couldn't clearly identify them from their photo."
It added, "Don't get us wrong, we love your glasses, but take them off for your U.S. passport or U.S. visa photo." (So friendly and conversational!)
In lieu of your on-trend specs, make like Prince and try a little winged eyeliner and a pout — and you might just end up with a winner yet.
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