articles should be worn when the photograph is
made. Dark glasses with tinted lenses are not
acceptable, unless required for medical reasons.
Photographs should be made in normal street
attire without a hat or other headgear that
obscures the hair or hairline. Only applicants in
the active service of the armed forces and who
are proceeding abroad in the discharge of their
official duties may submit photographs in the
uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces. Other
uniforms should not be worn in passport
Photographs should be able to withstand
temperatures up to 225°F (107°C) for 30
Photographs must be printed on thin paper so the
seal and legend can be applied to the photograph.
Automatic and self-developing prints are
acceptable for passport photographs, providing
they meet all other photographic specification.
SX-70 and black-and-white Polaroid prints are
Matte- or dull-finished photographs are pre-
ferred, but shiny or glossy prints may be
accepted, provided the signature ink will stick to
the surface of the photograph. Matte or other
sprays designed to produce a dull or nonglossy
finish should not be used.
The requirement for speed in identification
photography makes it impractical to produce the same
quality expected in portrait work However, with a little
attention to the details of lighting, posing, and exposure,
high-quality photographs can be provided.
Occasionally, a profile or three-quarter view may be
required for naturalization photographs. However, most
identification photos are made with the subject facing
the camera and looking straight into the lens. Since
identification photographs must reveal as much facial
detail as possible, very few are flattering pictures.