Do you have a Picture Perfect Passport?

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By Express News Desk|Updated: April 06, 2018

It is Passport Awareness Month and the U.S. Department of State wants you to have a picture perfect passport.

Bad photos are the # 1 factor passport applications get held up during the application procedure. In 2015, we got more than 200,000 undesirable passport photos! Submitting a passport application with a bad image will delay processing your application and might interfere with planned travel.

That’s why during the month of September the United States Department of State is promoting the #PicturePerfectPassport campaign on our @TravelGov Twitter manage and the Bureau of Consular Affair’s Facebook page.

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Conserve yourself the anxiety of delays and make certain you’re not making these errors!

1. The glare on glasses

Woman with glare on glasses blocking view of her eyes

It’s tough not have glare on your glasses. It’s in fact more common than you believe. Glare can appear even when the video camera doesn’t flash. So, it might be easier to take them off. Starting November 1, eye glasses will not be allowed in passport photos.

2. Overexposed or Underexposed

Photos that are too brilliant or that show shadows on your face will also cause you issues. Your image has to be clear, reflect in your real complexion. Keep in mind, image filters benefit social media, not your passport photo.

3. Picture is not current

Your passport photo needs to have actually been taken within 6 months of submitting your passport photo. We confirm that the photo appears like you. Conserve your old images for throw-back Thursdays.

4. Image size

Selfies are a bad concept when it concerns passport photos. Images that are taken too close or too far away will be declined. For aid, use our smart image tool.

5. Low quality image or paper

Photo is blurred, grainy, pixelated or printed on the wrong paper. Images must be high resolution and not harmed.Man’s picture is crumpled and there are wrinkles on the paperWoman’s image is rough or pixelated. Now that you know exactly what errors to prevent, go to our picture requirements to get more information about correct measurements, see sample passport photos, and utilize our helpful picture tool. With these extra tips and tools you are on your method to having a picture perfect passport.