(Closed) Passport photo rejected 14 days til trip! Anyone else rejected for this?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’ve never heard of this, but if I wanted my passport in a hurry I’d just take the damn picture the way I was directed to avoid hassle!

Post # 4
2060 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I went to a fed ex office to have my passport pics taken, and they told me the same thing! They also told me I couldn’t smile with my teeth showing! Really odd, but I kinda followed their instructions (my teeth were showing a little bit and my ears definitely are somewhat hidden). Anyway, mine got approved and sent back to me no problem! Im sure yours will be fine!

Post # 5
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve taken passport photos before for visas and stuff (trust me, this occurs pretty damn often), always:

smiles allowed, but no teeth

ears exposed.

just do what they tell you, stop questioning it if you want to get your passport in time.

Post # 8
338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My mom was telling me this the other day actually. Back in the day, they required your ears to show. But now they definitely do not. So don’t worry about it!

Post # 9
726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am smiling in my passport photo (with teeth) and my ears are copletely hidden by my hair, and I’ve never had an issue. My passport was last renewed in 2008 – and so unless the rules have changed since then, I don’t think you should really worry about it.

Post # 10
3059 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

If this is such an urgent issue I can’t believe you would argue over something like that. Who cares what you look like??? No one ever sees it. I personally would always take the advice of someone who does things professionally. 

Post # 11
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Weird. I smiled with teeth showing and my ears were covered, got my passport in no time. Good luck!

Post # 12
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Even though you’ll probably be fine, I would have listened to her….since you’re leaving in 14 days.  For the record, I have a huge smile (teeth showing) and my ears are hidden behind my hair.  I just renewed my passport in June (sent it in the beginning of June and received it in late June). 

Post # 13
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have a normal passport, official and visa, and i’ve never had to show my ears and i’m smiling with teeth showing in all my pictures.

Post # 14
3583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wasn’t allowed to smile and my hair was already up. I can’t help you. 🙁

Post # 15
3790 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

re: using your old photo – in the UK at least it is illegal to use a photo more than six months old.  They will have your old one on record, so it’s easy to work out.  My Dad had two passports for business, renewed 12 months apart, the passport office contacted him when they realised he’d used the same photo and told him that both would be invalid if he didn’t get it renewed (at his expense) with an up to date photo.

Have fun on your honeymoon!

Post # 16
6745 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have NEVER heard this.  It sounds like a joke that the passport photographers must be playing on their customers or something.  This cannot be real.  Ears?  Really?

an article on the topic:  http://www.nbcwashington.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Ears-in-Passport-Photos-126520063.html

a list of the regulations:  http://travel.state.gov/passport/pptphotoreq/pptphotoreq_5333.html

you’ll be fine.  good luck!


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