Post # 1
Okay bees, I need help.. My fiance and I have finally booked our honeymoon!! WOOHHOOO.. Dominican Republic here we come, well in November! 🙂 For the passport help. I am turning in my passport tomorrow. I have heard so much controversy about smiling in passport photos. Some people are saying you absolutely cannot and some say that they are smiling in theirs.. Help me out, are you smiling in yours??
Post # 2
jdford2s: It may depend on where you live. No smiling is allowed on Canadian passports.
From the US website:
the processing of your passport application may be delayed if you do not submit a photo that meets the requirements below. To avoid processing delays, we recommend you use a professional passport photo service.
<h2>Your passport photo must be:</h2>
- In color
- Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper
- 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
- Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.
- Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
- Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
- Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
<div>With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open</div>
Post # 3
Bring photos whith you and do not get them done there. I think I’m half smiling but I look completly beligerent. I’ve had boarder patorl people giggle at my photo. If you get them at the state office they quickly snap one photo which you cannot see and then you only see it when you get your passport that’s valid for 10 years and it is the worst pic you’ve ever taken.
Post # 4
Atalanta: that’s hilarious! My mom is a photographer so we had her take our photos! I’m not a very serious person so when I tried to make a straight face I ended up laughing outrageously! I hope my little smile picture works!
Post # 5
I don’t know where you live but certainly, here in the UK, your passport pictures would be returned immediately if you are smiling in them. You have to be absolutely face on to the camera, with no hair in your eyes, no shadows on your face and with a NEUTRAL expression. Also, the dimensions have to be absolutely exact for the biometrics. From what a pp has written, the US requirements are very similar. This is one of thos occasions where hilarity is not required in a picture and it’s not actually terribly amusing when your pictures keep getting rejected! Still, if your mother is a photographer she surely knows the passport picture requirements?
Post # 6
Steampunkbride: She is a family/baby photographer not a passport photographer.. However, I know a lot of people who have said they’ve smiled and others who has said they couldn’t.. I’m starting to think it all just depends on who’s checking it.
Post # 7
jdford2s: I’m a press photographer but I still do the occasional passport picture for people so that’s why I assumed your mom would have downloaded the Photo Composite Template because it takes all the guesswork out of the job.
The Passport Office is pretty unforgiving here in the UK which is why you just have to comply with ALL the regulations. I get the distinct impression that they take positive pleasure in rejecting passport pictures!
Still, I hope yours get through OK and you get a more benevolent person checking them!
Post # 8
jdford2s: I smiled in my [US] passport photo… well, I tried to smile, I was super hungover. You can tell. Hah hah. I did it at/through AAA.
Post # 9
I’m smiling in my passport picture (with teeth even) and I’ve never had any issues with it.
Post # 10
As PP said, in Canada you are not allowed to smile. Smiling may make foreign officials take longer to ensure you are the same person as in the photo, since smiling distorts your features.
Post # 11
I think mine has a small smile. Smile with your eyes (one of the few things I ever took to heart from Next Top Model). The picture will never look great ( I think they are designed to make you look horrible)………..
Post # 12
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jdford2s: I work for a photography company (in Canada) that does passport photos. They are super strict if you can see teeth in the photo, it will rejected immediately. If you are full on smiling it will get rejected, if you have a SLIGHT smirk you might be okay if you get someone at the passport office who isn’t a bitch! The idea is for them to use face recognition software and this requires a neutral expression but if you have a sliiiiight smile, you would be okay.
Post # 13
Mine has a small smile–I’ve traveled with it throughtout Europe without an issue.
Post # 14
It comes down to your decision Do you want to have your passport application processed tomorrow? Or, do you want to take a chance that it will be rejected because of the photo?
Post # 15
I took my picture at the post office, and I smiled in my pic (US Passport). I got my passport in the mail several weeks later, so I’m assuming it was ok…