New rule prohibits eyeglasses in passport photos

In its latest passport rules update, the US State Department has announced that eyeglasses will no longer be allowed in passport photos. Existing passport photos are still okay, but all new applications and renewals must abide by this new rule.

According to the State Department, the glare on eyeglasses is the number one reason for passport photos being rejected, causing delays in processing. The new rule aims to streamline the process, so that eyes are clearly visible in the photos.

All other rules are still enforced, including:

Passport photos no longer allow glasses
  • Photos must be taken within the last six months

  • Photos must be high-resolution

  • Photos must display your true skin color

  • Photos must be 2 inches by 2 inches

Passports typically take 4-6 weeks to arrive, so plan accordingly for your next international vacation or trip abroad. During peak times, this can often take ten weeks - and an expedited passport, which takes about 2-3 weeks, will set you back an additional $60. Adults’ passports are valid for 10 years, but take note: many countries require a minimum of 6 months of validity beyond your stay, so be sure to check the expiration once you’ve determined your travel dates.

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