Is it time to renew your passport? Take note of this important change in regulations.
As of November 1, 2016, the US State Department will require applicants to remove their eyeglasses in their photo for passports and visas.
If you have a current passport or visa photo in which you are wearing glasses, your document is still valid. The rules apply to renewals and new applications only.
According to the State Department, many applicants’ passport and visa requests were unnecessarily delayed. Why? “The #1 problem was glasses…we couldn’t clearly identify them from their photo.”
In cases where eyeglasses are medically necessary, exceptions will be made with a signed doctor’s statement. Read all about it at travel.state.gov