NEW PASSPORT PHOTO REQUIREMENT EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1, 2016
- Beginning November 1, 2016, customers must remove their eye glasses when taking a photo for a U.S. Passport.
- This change in the photo requirement allows the U.S. Department of State to more readily identify customers
- Photos of customers wearing eye glasses often have a glare on the lens. Glasses also create shadows on customers’ faces or block a portion of their eyes.
- By removing eye glasses, passport customers are less likely to experience delays in the application process.
SUBMISSION OF PHOTOCOPIES OF CITIZENSHIP EVIDENCE
- Effective January 9, 2017, all customers applying for a passport using form DS-11 must submit a clear copy of their citizenship evidence in addition to their original or certified copy of citizenship.Customers who submit an expired U.S. passport book or passport card as citizenship evidence do not need to submit a photocopy.
- The photocopy is required of primary U.S. citizenship evidence such as a certified birth certificate, naturalization certificate, consular report of birth abroad, and certificate of citizenship. Customers who submit an expired U.S. passport book or passport card as citizenship evidence do not need to submit a photocopy.
- The copy will be retained by the U.S. Department of State with your passport record.This assists the Department’s effort to preserve the integrity of the passport issuance process, and reduces the risk of another person attempting to use evidence in your name to get a passport.
- If you elect not to submit a photocopy, you can submit a second certified copy of your birth certificate.
- Customers who do not submit a photocopy or second certified copy of their citizenship evidence may experience a delay in the processing of their passport application.
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