do you look good in your ID?

Philippines
February 7, 2010 11:55pm CST
Got my drivers' license but the problem is I can barely look at it because I don't really look good on it. Same thing about my student ID. I'm just not photogenic. But my issue really is how come we don't get to pose at least three times in the most important IDs of our lives? It's the one that we get to present for verifications! Don't you hate it if you don't look great in at least one of them (coz I think I've no chance in looking good at anyone of them)? Sigh.
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@tess5162 (66)
• United States
9 Feb 10
I love to take pics and I am very photogenic. I think I like OK in my ID's. You arent allowed to smile now in the new VA state drivers license so you just look blank lol
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
poker face, well maybe we could practice smiling with our eyes. you're lucky.
• United States
10 Feb 10
lol OH YES!! Tyra Banks talks about smiling with your eyes on Americas Next Top Model all the time!! Love it LOL
• Philippines
10 Feb 10
smeyes, smize? I could never spell it right. Ah, a fellow top model fan. Yey!
@celticeagle (119823)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Feb 10
My only real form of ID is my driver's license. It is simply horrible. It reminds me of the mother of some group of thugs or something. Horrible. Just horrible. I am embarassed to show it to people. I hope as some point to get it retaken. I really feel it is that bad. Ugh!
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
Looks like you're about to puke there. It can't be that bad! Too bad good photographers are expensive. I bet with the right one we'd get the best photo of us too.
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@celticeagle (119823)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Feb 10
I think they used to take a couple and then let you choose. Not anymore! Too many people!
@celticeagle (119823)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Feb 10
I am sure they get busy!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Feb 10
My last one looked better, but then I was 38 when that picture was taken and in the replacement I was 51...
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Feb 10
• Philippines
8 Feb 10
my id? every id, i don't look good in it. i don't know, every time i have my picture taken, i don't look good.
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
some people just have all the luck and we're not one of them
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
hahaha.. yeah. too bad..hehee
@amijor (234)
• Philippines
9 Feb 10
I am not photogenic so I try hard to get the right angles when I have my pictures taken except in IDs. I hate it when I look like a drunk felon in my student's license.
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
Or someone with unwieldy hair? coz that's alway me in all of my ID's (if an image of me is even there)
• Philippines
9 Feb 10
Hello there.:) before anything else, want to say good question you have there.;) Ok so regarding your question we just had an I.D. renewal at school and I can say that I think my recent school ID is better than the former.:) My other IDs however are not that good because each time i have my ID usually there's not enough time for preparation or either I'm haggard during that time.:-) hahahahaha..
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
And what sucks is you know that you're picture will be taken that day and yet you always end up unprepared.
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• United States
9 Feb 10
When I first got my ID in High School. It was hideous!! They gave me about two seconds to get ready and while my other peers were peeking in to laugh, it kind of is just an uneasy feeling. Fortuneatley when I took my picture at the DPS office in the small town that Im from luckily there wasnt a long line and the lady snapped a few pics. So luckily I "think" my picture looks good. However its about the only one. Also I think a lot of it has to do with us being very critical of our appearances, one person thinks it looks fine and on the other hand you don't. Im sure it is just you thinking that it looks terrible.
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
I hate having my picture with people I know are around. I always end up with my nose flared from stopping myself from laughing. But it's fun though.
@n2n_31 (4)
• Canada
9 Feb 10
I actually like my driver's license photo! The only problem is that it looks nothing like me now, lol! Every time I use it, people ask me if it's really me - I have blonde hair and green eyes (i.e. contacts) in the picture - and now (4 years later), I have dark brown hair, brown eyes (i.e. no contacts) and glasses. Luckily, they have all that info on the back of the card! My student ID card, on the other hand, ...I hate that picture! Here they use the same picture as our student ID cards on our bus passes, so, I'm constantly having to show it to people...yikes. If only I could use my driver's license picture on my student ID, lol!
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
you're lucky buses aren't allowed to have their own tastes
• Canada
8 Feb 10
Im sorry you dont like your pic in your ID. I used to love my pics. When Id go to have my pic taken at the licence bureau, the woman there was so funny, she'd make jokes, help me with my hair and took my pic when I had a nice smile on. This year I was so surprised when I went over for my pic. It was a new lady and she must have had a very bad day. She said I wasnt allowed to smile, she actually told me to "wipe that smirk off my face"?!?!?!? I told her that I would smile if I wanted to. She then said that we werent ALLOWED to smile on our driving ID anymore ........what??? Well its true, we're not allowed to smile. What an awful pic of myself.....!!! So what I did was to cut off the pic of me before and I scotshtaped it on this horrible pic. Who makes those rules......I hate people making stupid rules and wish I could get to meet them to make their lives miserable also.
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
Why is smiling not allowed? That sucks! Maybe they're worried we'd lose a teeth or two and we wouldn't look like ourselves anymore.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
8 Feb 10
...Hi abitcurious, Of all the pictures I have ever had taken, my driver's license photograph is the very worse. I wore a hat to the DMV, not thinking that you could not wear a hat for the picture. It was the last day that I could get the license renewed so I could not go home and make my hair look better, so I got the picture taken. I really want to burn it, it is that horrible. So ticked with that stupid picture, so far I have only had to show it once. Hope it stays that way, I don't know if we take a new picture or not for renewal, but I would sure like another picture. They only take one shot, no choices. Take it easy.
• Philippines
10 Feb 10
if only if we could tell our hair to behave. but it really chooses the most appropriate times...to embarrass us.
@phoenix8606 (4978)
8 Feb 10
hi! I am in the same situation like you- my photo of the driver's license is really awful, just because the woman in the driver's license service didn't want to accept my photo, because it was older than 6 months and I was very angry, because i have to walk in the deep snow and in the cold just to make a photo and it costs me also a lot, becaues I had to give it to 1 hour and all the anger you can see on my driver's license photo :)
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
they should change the name to "anger immortalized". who knows there will come a time when IDs can reflect our emotions. We get 5 or 6 photos taken, 1 for every emotion. Cool.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
8 Feb 10
Hi, abitcurious. Yes, I feel the same way too. When I went to the DMV to take my State ID picture about 12 years ago, it came out ugly. I did not like that picture. And I had to keep it for about 5 to 10 years after that. I was so glad when this picture expired. I did take one picture that looked good on my permit, but that was the only time. I took a state ID picture in December of 2009, and it looked okay. But, my other ID pictures did not look so hot at all. On the outside of these pictures I am considered a very beautiful girl but when I take pictures at the DMV, I look like a whole different person. There was once a receptionist that saw a picture of me and she was like, this picture is so ugly, but you are very pretty. I was ashamed at what she said. Even she knew that this picture of me was not pretty. It did not look like me at all. So, I know exactly how you feel. Believe me I do. They should allow us to get a couple of more poses so that we can choose which picture that we want the best. I don't like to show anyone a picture of me that looks bad. I want to say congratulations to you on getting your license. Please pray for me because I am planning on going for mines within a couple of months from now. I really want to have it so bad! I am very happy for you. Did you have to back up straight?? I was having problems keeping the wheel very straight. I was also nervous when I was backing up straight too.
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
We only take written tests here in our country so no one had to see me drive at all. But my dad taught me and I had to have him with me when I had my student license. I think I'm more scared of my dad than the traffic officers. Hey take comfort your pretty, maybe you won't get as far as taking your id out? I'm not kidding coz here that works a lot. All they need is your number so they can pester you with their flirty texts or if you're lucky all they'll want is a few winks. My mom gave me that advice and I think my dad wanted to choke her a bit, he said she was encouraging me.
• India
8 Feb 10
no i dont think i will look good in my id . i think those who take photos for the identity card are the worst ever photographers . i have seen only a few person who look good in their id or the same as they would be in straight . i cant understand the reason why the id photos are poor . i always look bad in id...
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
welcome to the club friend, we really should have better photographers and not just someone who knows where to push the button.
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
8 Feb 10
I've the same dilemma as you do, Abitcurious.:-) I always think that I don't look good in any of my IDs or in any picture in particular including this one here in Mylot.But, there is nothing that I can do. I am not as photogenic as some people are...:-( My only consolation is, I'd rather look ugly in my picture than looking uglier in personal.LOL Have a wonderful evening. :-)
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
That's right!!! I don't post pictures here because I look better in personal. I believe therefore I am.
• United States
8 Feb 10
ahhh to be young again and think a photo ID picture is so important. You do know you get new pictures each time you renew your liscence right? As for the school ID you'll probably just loose it and have to get a new one or a new one the next ear so what is the big deal?
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
ahhh to be young and have trivial matters on my mind. Well I'm glad this is the worst thing I've thought of this week cause when the epiphany comes, there's no stopping the barrage of cynicism anymore.
@mac6304 (76)
• United States
8 Feb 10
I have never looked good in any id picture. I think they want them to look bad so if you get pulled over or arrested they can just use that for your bad mugshot. Ha.
• Philippines
10 Feb 10
That's funny. I'm sure I'll look better in a mugshot though, I always look better when I'm drunk
@illfavors (592)
• United States
8 Feb 10
I just got a new one not too long ago. I expected it to look really terrible, but it's not that bad. I thought I would have my eyes closed but it came out better than I expected. I put on makeup and did my hair for it so I could try to get a decent picture.
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
I had no idea what I was doing so I didn't know what to prepare for. Next time I'll research the process so I'm ready. And maybe bring a brush...Hmmm why didn't I think of that before?
@BART78 (2932)
• Canada
8 Feb 10
i really i do hate if i don't have i have a nice shot on my id picture, so what i usually do after a couple of month is i intentionally misplace it so i will have another new id
• Philippines
10 Feb 10
you have a lot of patience and a good stock of good strategies to beat your problem. kudos to you!
@youless (93496)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Feb 10
I am glad that I look good in my ID card. Actually at that night I had a haircut, and then I went to take a photo for my ID card photo. So perhaps this is why I look good:) I love China
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
Glad you like your ID card. Some people have all the luck. Won't you share some it please?
@maria1081 (1252)
• Philippines
8 Feb 10
Unfortunately no and I'm sad about it lol. I wish I can be more photogenic but I get shy around the camera since I dont know the photographer. I hope someday I can overcome this shyness.
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• Philippines
10 Feb 10
cameras are the most biased things I know, they just don't like us shy persons. But have a heart, they can't claim they gave us a chance at all.