New passport photo requirement begins Nov. 1

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NEW YORK — Travelers with glasses will have to adapt to a new rule by the U.S. State Department if they’re getting their passport photo taken.

According to AAA, people who wear glasses must remove them before taking passport photos starting November 1.

Travelers who have taken previous photos while wearing glasses do not have to get a new passport.

The State Department said that more than 200,000 passport customers submitted poor quality photos in 2015 that could not be accepted.

The culprit? Their glasses.

Glasses can cause a glare on the lens, create shadows on the person’s face or block part of their eyes.

The State Department is hoping the new rule will lead to fewer delays in the application process and help travelers move through U.S. ports of entry faster.

Travelers with medical issues may wear their glasses as long as they submit documentation with their passport application, according to a news release.

AAA recommends renewing your passport as far in advance as possible before traveling in order to avoid delays.

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