When you get your picture taken for your driver’s license, do you realize you have to look at that photo for the next 7 years? You may want to take a moment before you go, to look your best. Here are some quick tips to get you the best photo possible.

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Dress appropriately

There are certain colors that you should not wear when having an identification photo taken. Good news is the picture typically will be shoulders and up only – so your outfit is not really a huge issue.

  • White is not suggested. Often, the background for the photos is a light color, and not only will your clothing blend in, if you are fair skinned, you will also look like you are very pale.
  • Black, not suggested. On the other side of the coin, you should not wear black for your photo either, again because it will make lighter skin look pale.
  • Soft color, yes, such as blue, green or pink.

Fix your hair

  • It is probably best if your hair is done in the style that you regularly wear. Of course, you may end up getting your hair cut or styled differently after you get your license, but for the most part, we tend to keep the same hairstyle for many months at a time, especially men.
  • Make sure that your hair is clean and neat, and that there is nothing hanging in your eyes. It is important that your eyes be completely visible in your photo.

Wear your glasses

  • If you are required to wear glasses when you are driving, then make sure that you are wearing them when you have your identification photo taken.
  • Make sure that you do not wear sunglasses. If you have them on, you will be required to remove them before the photo is taken.
  • If you wear contact lenses, it is recommended that you do not wear lenses that will change the color of your eyes. Your driver’s license will state your eye color, and they need to be the same color in the photo as they are in reality.

Now, smile. See it wasn’t that bad.