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Old 11-20-2014, 11:02 AM   #1
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No smiling!

So, the Driver's License folks here in Iowa have made some new rules for your ID photo, including:

NO glasses
NO smiling


And if you do try to smile, they will re-take your photo until they get you without a hint of a grin.

No wonder these all look like mug shots.

Any other states have these requirements?
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:06 AM   #2
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I think this is becoming increasingly common. I know of a few states that do this -- I believe it's because computer face recognition software is more effective on neutral facial expressions.
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:07 AM   #3
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So, the Driver's License folks here in Iowa have made some new rules for your ID photo, including:

NO glasses
NO smiling


And if you do try to smile, they will re-take your photo until they get you without a hint of a grin.

No wonder these all look like mug shots.

Any other states have these requirements?

Virginia essentially did. Hated my photo. Changing it for a Florida DL tomorrow where they hopefully do not have such a lame law.
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:09 AM   #4
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No smiling here, either. DS was so excited to get his license he was smiling and the DMV person was like "quit smiling".
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:14 AM   #5
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In New Jersey I was told not to smile. I hate the picture.
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:22 AM   #6
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That's weird; I just moved back to CT after 3 years away and got my new license on Tuesday. I smiled as usual and the (very pleasant) lady said it was a great photo. (I don't think it's great at all...but for the first time in my life, I think I look like my mother!)

DH wore his glasses as usual and I think - someone please correct me if I'm wrong - that in this state, if you normally wear glasses for driving, you have to wear them for your license photo.
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:25 AM   #7
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Here in Ontario, it's been like that for a long time. I don't know which picture is worse: my passport or my driver's license! Both are horrid!
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:26 AM   #8
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For my passport I was told not to smile. I look awful. I wouldn't let me into a foreign country looking like that lol!

I think CA has a no-smiling rule now, but when I first moved here it didn't so I've been able to renew my license with my old photo in which I'm smiling.
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:27 AM   #9
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We are not allowed to smile for any official German paperwork (DL, visas, etc) and yes, they look like mug shots!
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:27 AM   #10
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I forget if they have that in Ohio these days, but like someone else said, it's a facial recognition thing, which is why passport requirements started doing that a while ago. I assume that state DMV's are just following suit.
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:33 AM   #11
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For my passport I was told not to smile. I look awful. I wouldn't let me into a foreign country looking like that lol!

I think CA has a no-smiling rule now, but when I first moved here it didn't so I've been able to renew my license with my old photo in which I'm smiling.
My passport photo is awful. I told DH if I ever get arrested, just release my passport photo.
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:34 AM   #12
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My work ID has the same rule on smiling. Everyone's ID makes them look grumpy.
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:40 AM   #13
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I'm surprised on the no glasses. I purposely get my picture without mine but that is because I do the vision test without them (I can pass it, which tells me how low the requirements are because I had a REALLY hard time parking straight before I got them.) I was told that officers are likely to expect me to be wearing glasses if I am in the picture, even if I don't have the restriction on the back.

My DH whose eyes are much worse leaves his on, but he has the eye glass restriction anyway.
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:44 AM   #14
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In New Jersey I was told not to smile. I hate the picture.
Same - I hate my new photo where I'm not smiling. I look horrible in. It's super close up too - totally unflattering.

Thank goodness I'm too old to get carded that often any longer...
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:58 AM   #15
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I'm surprised on the no glasses. I purposely get my picture without mine but that is because I do the vision test without them (I can pass it, which tells me how low the requirements are because I had a REALLY hard time parking straight before I got them.) I was told that officers are likely to expect me to be wearing glasses if I am in the picture, even if I don't have the restriction on the back.

My DH whose eyes are much worse leaves his on, but he has the eye glass restriction anyway.
I wear glasses and was told a few years ago not to wear them for the photo (smiling was ok). I'm guessing it has to do with the reflection of the camera light bouncing off the lenses. However, my license does say that I wear them, so I'm fine with that.
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