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Passport Photo Requirements Changing Nov. 1

Sep 28, 2016 09:15AM ● By Theresa Gilman


(Editor's Note: this content was provided by AAA Northeast.)

September is Passport Awareness Month, and AAA Travel is reminding travelers of a change announced by the U.S. State Department. Beginning November 1, travelers must remove their eyeglasses when having passport photos taken. Travelers who have photos where they are wearing eyeglasses in existing passports will not be required to obtain new passports.

The State Department says that in 2015, more than 200,000 passport customers submitted poor quality photos which couldn’t be accepted. The main reason involved eyeglasses, which can cause glare on the lens, create shadows on faces or block a portion of the eyes.
The agency is hoping that new passport photos taken without eyeglasses mean fewer delays in the application process and may help travelers move more quickly through U.S. ports of entry. Travelers may wear glasses if they have a medical issue, and can submit documentation along with their application.

“AAA recommends that travelers renew their passports as far in advance as possible for an international trip to avoid delays,” said Carl Richardson, Director of Travel Administration for AAA Northeast. “AAA members can visit their local AAA office to obtain passport photos. And it’s always wise to consult a travel advisor to ensure you have all necessary travel documents before your trip.”
AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 62 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 2 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.
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