Wearing eyeglasses for passport: appropriate or not?

@Shavkat (13411)
Philippines
January 25, 2013 9:15am CST
I am not sure if it is possible to wear eyeglasses as passport photo. I haven't seen someone wearing an eyeglasses for passport. Is it possible?
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@Archie0 (4509)
• India
25 Jan 13
I am not very sure if they can wear it or not. Even i haven't seen many people wearing glasses on their passport photos. But i think it is allowed to wear eye glasses for photographs used for passport.
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@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
25 Jan 13
In my country, so far no one I had seen wearing the eyeglasses. If the other country is possible then it is fine.
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@johndur (3047)
• Pasig, Philippines
25 Jan 13
i dont think it is posible because some people looks different from their original looks when they wear eyeglasses.
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@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
I am sure too. How about contact lenses? They might even ask to remove it right?
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@johndur (3047)
• Pasig, Philippines
28 Jan 13
yes especially if you are wearing different colored contact lens.
@irene66 (1672)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
Hello there, In my country, it is not possible to do this. One time when I went for a booking thing in a certain agency, I heard one staff saying to one of their clients she should change her photo. This is because her photo showed a wide smile with her specs. Accordingly this is not proper. and I have not seen in any passport yet a photo with glasses! not yet though!
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@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
That's strange the smile. But I do agree some country don't like the smile in their photos.
@natliegleb (5191)
• India
25 Jan 13
that is possible if the doctor advised you to do so or if you feel there is a need go for it
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@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
That's fine if the doctor told us that. But the facility giving the passport cannot have the eyewear right.
@vernaC (1495)
• Romania
25 Jan 13
In Philippines it's not allowed and I remember you're from Philippines too, right? I have my passport done twice and I notice when it's time to take picture they ask to remove eyeglasses and other accessories even small ones.
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@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
Indeed my friend, I had 4x to have renewal of passport. They do ask that, to remove the eyeglasses.
@sjlskl (3385)
• Singapore
25 Jan 13
In my country, the person must not be wearing any glasses when they are taking photos for their passport. Is it possible, my answer is no.
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@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
Thanks for your honest answer. I do think so.
@maximax8 (27060)
25 Jan 13
In my home country standards are strict for passport photos if they are used to apply for a passport. I don't think I would wear eye glasses in a passport photo used to get a new passport. I know that the person must have a straight mouth with no smiling or teeth showing. It is challenging to get passport photos for my son as he is disabled. The firm of the photography shop I have used up until now has closed down and gone out of business. My son is unable to use a self service photo machine. Those are better for an adult that can stand or walk. They aren't suitable for small children or people in a wheelchair.
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@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
That's a different scenario. I hope the government will create facility for people with disability. like having ramps in some facilities too.
@dollar3235 (2063)
• India
25 Jan 13
Yes, that's normal, there is nothing wrong with that.
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@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
Thanks. It is nice to know.
@mariaperalta (19229)
• Mexico
25 Jan 13
Here in Mexico for a passport for the usa they do. I know, As I did.
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@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
That's interesting to know. I had watched an american film and noticed that it is possible to have the eye wear for passport.
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@franne32 (697)
• Philippines
25 Jan 13
It is required in my country to remove the eyeglasses for the pictorial in order to distinguish the person's identity easily. Eyeglasses can actually change a person's facial features especially in a photo that is quite small even if it's a 2x2 picture.
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@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
Thanks, I have the same thinking. Thanks
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@besweet (4953)
• Greece
25 Jan 13
In EU I think it's not possible. There are very strict specifications about passport photos, I remember when I had my photo taken, I had to put my hair behind the ears have specific facial expression and sit in a specific angle that the photographer put me. I normally wear glasses by I took them off myself so I am not sure what is the case with eye glasses.
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@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
25 Jan 13
Perhaps the color of the size, but I don't think any sense about not wearing the eyeglasses.
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• Philippines
25 Jan 13
If I'm not mistaken, eyeglasses aren't allowed for passport photos. I remember the first time I applied for a passport another guy was advised to take off his glasses before having his photo taken for passport. Maybe because eyeglasses reflects light sometimes and may hide your eyes when your photo is taken. I think the idea behind it is that you need to have a clear photo on your passport and wearing eyeglasses on photos could hide some of your face or eye features.
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@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
25 Jan 13
I do have the same thinking about the proper identification.
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• Philippines
25 Jan 13
I don't think it's possible because a picture you're going to put especially in passport should be the one that can see you actual face. :)
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@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
25 Jan 13
I had think about it. I had seen one movie, the passport is wearing in eyeglasses.
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• United States
25 Jan 13
If you wear glasses regularly, then yes. If an eye doctor prescribed them for you to see, then yes you can wear them. My brother has his glasses on in his passport picture. Eyeglasses are part of what identifies us. Those who wear glasses might not be recognized without them. Think about it. We wear glasses in our driver's license pictures and this is also your ID.
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@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
25 Jan 13
That's nice to know, but in our country I haven't seen one wearing it in their passport. Even if they wear eyeglasses.
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@lampar (7609)
• United States
26 Jan 13
Most of the country immigration department don't allow that, they usually demand a passport photo without any glasses on it, no matter you are short or long sighted or having a perfect eye vision. That is all i known, if that is the law of the land, then having a pair of eye glasses in your photo is inappropriate as far as immigration department is concerned.
@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
I was thinking, what if the person travel in other country. Then it is not allowed for them wearing eyeglasses, but in their own country it is allowed. Will the immigrant officer will deny them to pass through the country.
• India
26 Jan 13
I had seen most of them are asked to remove glasses while taking photos. I don't know what is the reason behind it. May be the photographers have good reasons to support it. This might be the reason why they ask us to do so.
@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
I guess it is their standard rules to have no eyeglasses.
@Hatley (109810)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Jan 13
hi Shavkat I have had to wear glasses since I was eleven years old. So now if I wanted to get a passport they would have to photograph me with glasses on as I am very near sighted.so I would hope it is possible as otherwise I would probably bump into someone thinking he was a desk. lol I sure hope its possible not that I have any money to travel anywhere
@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
That's nice to hear my friend. I am sure it is possible. Thanks
• India
25 Jan 13
I think it is better not to use eye glasses for passport because it may change your visual appearence.
@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
I agree. We need to clear any thing for proper identification.
@airasheila (5461)
• Philippines
25 Jan 13
Good day Shavkat, Here in our country, the Studio or the Photographer itself is requesting the Client to remove the eyeglasses as one of the requirement in submitting photo for documents like passport. In this regard, I am not sure if this is also the practice in any other countries.
@Shavkat (13411)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
I had seen the The Bourne Legacy, the lead actress is wearing one. But here, I haven't seen one wearing the eyeglasses.
• Toronto, Ontario
27 Nov 13
You can wear eye glass, but that should not affect the picture. Your eyes must be clear and no flash refection be visible from the glass. Never use dark shade glasses. You could read more about the laws here
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