passport pics

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1. Posted by Ricardo (Budding Member 79 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Just wanted to see if anyone has had trouble with passport pics in the past.The pic of me in my passport does not look a thing like I do now.Just wanted to see how likely it was that I will have any probs with this.

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

You may not think your passport picture look anything like you presently, but certain facial features are pretty consistent even as one ages (ie: shape of nose, mouth, eyes, brows and ears if your hair is not covering your ears in the picture). The agent may study the passport picture more diligently but you should be okay. They may request seeing another form of photo ID also (ie: driver's license, student ID, etc.).

Beerman's last passport photo did not resemble him by the end of the 10 years either, but he never had a problem with Immigration because of it. They would just study it for a few minutes longer and keep looking at him to compare the above mentioned features. As long as you continue to smile, be cordial and not allow any additional scrutiny of the picture make you overly nervous, you'll be fine.

3. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

As far as i am aware if your appearance has changed significantly compared to your photo then you should get the passport renewed.
Better to spend £70 now than to be refused entry into a country or spend all day in an airport holding room explaining why you don't look like your picture!

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Lots of customs agents do the "look at the pic - look at you - pic - you - pic - you" just to rattle you a little. I don't think it should be a problem if you don't look exactly like your passport photo anymore. My boyfriend's passport is good for 10 years, and he had his pic taken when he was 16 and he's now in his mid-20s. He barely looks like the pic anymore! Plus the whole front of his passposrt, where the UK emblem is, was worn off long ago. Except for the occassional odd look, he's never had a problem.

My only problem was getting my passport photo accepted by the passport office. Too shiny! Yeesh!

5. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Actually just remebered due to Tway's comments - i used an old expired passport a couple of years back (domestic flight) and i was only 15yrs old in it - they never batted an eye.

6. Posted by asey16 (Budding Member 51 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I thought I might have problems with my passport as I was 16 when it was taken and now getting on into my 20's and have a full beard and longer hair. However I haven't had any problems at all. In my current work I have to check a lot of people's photo ID's (no I don't work at an airport) and I see a lot of people who don't look anything like their photos but you can definately tell that is them. If you are really worried you can always get a new passport, but unless you have had some serious plastic surgery to change how you look you will probably be recognisable in your passport photo.
Happy Travelling.

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

A year or so ago I was one of 4 white people in a minibus crossing north from Lao to China at Boten, and the Chinese took about 2hours before they finally let all of us pass. Two of the guys had long beards/etc and were a few years older than their pics, and the guards took allot of convincing, but it was ok in the end.

You get a few people in parts of the world who try and cause problems because they are looking for a bribe, but thats a bit different. I did have issues with an old passport a few years ago, because it was very similar to somebody that was wanted and if i looked even slightly different (facial hair, hat, glasses, anything) they would take a long time before passing me (if they did). But normally it's no problem, although as Tway said, lots of agents do the multiple look thing - It's nothing to worry about and absolutely routine.

I have more issues with the state of the passport that i normally use. The front cover is all worn off, some of the pages are peeling (inc the back page with the details) and the front is held on by selotape, but even then it's almost always fine.

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hello Ricardo

The only time I had trouble, was when I applied for a passport, with a photo of me wearing a hat. They said, I have to provide a photo, without the hat.
But I dont think u will have much trouble. I generally dont look much like my photos, and I have never had trouble, in any country, because of it.


[ Edit: Edited on Mar 31, 2007, at 11:42 AM by Mel. ]

9. Posted by Ricardo (Budding Member 79 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for that guys.I think I was just worrying a little too much.Hearing your stories has definately put my mind at rest.

10. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Make sure you get a photo you're proud of though, possibly a photo you've taken yourself. I just got my passport renewed today and the picture they took at the prothonotary (licensing services office) looked like an absolute mugshot....