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Glasses off in passport photos, State Department says

7 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Friday, October 14 2016 Oct 14, 2016 October 14, 2016 3:45 PM October 14, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

Beginning next month, travelers applying or renewing their passports must take off their glasses for their passport photo, the U.S. Department of State announced.

The policy will go into effect on Nov. 1. Last year, more than 200,000 travelers submitted poor quality passport photos that could not be accepted because they couldn't be clearly identified due to their glasses.

For travelers whose passports have not yet expired and their photos have been taken with them wearing glasses, the U.S. Department of State says don't worry about it. However, the next time travelers renew their passport they will have to take off their glasses.

The department says that if travelers must wear glasses for medical reasons, they will need to submit a signed statement with their passport application from a medical professional or health practitioner. 

According to the department, the policy change will help travelers experience fewer passport application delays and will allow for travelers to move faster through the U.S. entry ports.

For more information on passport photos click here.

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