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Why do some countries insist that you DON'T smile in your passport photo?

  1. TylerCapp profile image83
    TylerCappposted 7 years ago

    Why do some countries insist that you DON'T smile in your passport photo?

  2. simeonvisser profile image84
    simeonvisserposted 7 years ago

    As far as I know that makes it easier for automated software to recognize your face.

  3. J.S.Matthew profile image82
    J.S.Matthewposted 7 years ago

    I was a "professional" photographer for a few years. I worked for both Walmart and Sears Portrait studios, respectfully. We often took passport photos and we were instructed to tell the clients not to smile. When I asked why, I was told that there are a couple reasons.

    First, a passport photo is a serious thing-it is your proof of identity on officially recognized paper, accepted throughout the world. Second, the main reason that you can't smile (or wear a hat, etc.) was because the photo is supposed to look like you for identity purposes; smiles and coverings distort the face. Maybe they are secretly using facial recognition software...who knows?

  4. Vishaaa profile image78
    Vishaaaposted 7 years ago

    May be it will make your photo doesn't look like you....

    But I have seen funny poses on passports as well as Resumes. The funniest one was a guy was with sun shades and a big grin on his resume pic. big_smile

  5. krystalsmith profile image57
    krystalsmithposted 7 years ago

    From what I have been told it is to avoid facial (specifically eye) distortion. A straight face can easily be repeated and changes easily noted - a smile on the other hand can change a lot about the space especially if the person smiling is intentionally trying to get away with something like squinting their eyes etc.

  6. edhan profile image59
    edhanposted 7 years ago

    Personally I think it will change a person's face feature and now in airport, it is using face recognition software based on our face's features. So it might be hard for the software to analyze the change between the real person's face and the one in the passport.

  7. skisy profile image82
    skisyposted 7 years ago

    Because by the time you've managed to get into the airport, through the hordes of people and luggage, being cut off by luggage trolleys and finally managing to reach customs they know you won't be smiling! .... big_smile

  8. marshacanada profile image75
    marshacanadaposted 7 years ago

    Maybe its for the recognition computers, but maybe you are asked not to smile so you will look mean and nasty. I sure look that way on my passport photo.

  9. incomeguru profile image97
    incomeguruposted 7 years ago

    Is just to have the real photograph of you. Smiling might make you look like someone else.

  10. 1lovejojo profile image56
    1lovejojoposted 7 years ago

    I think they just want you to be unhappy like them

  11. Green Wasabi profile image72
    Green Wasabiposted 7 years ago

    If they want you not to smile, because of facial distortions, why then some countries insist that you DO smile? I guess the main reason is that they just think it's better that way and like to keep everything uniformed.