Ah, driver’s license photos. Whenever someone has to take a new license photo, it isn’t exactly the most enjoyable process. Unfortunately, most photos don’t turn out like the glamour shots we all wish they could be. Because of this, many people dread having to get their photo re-taken when they renew their license. However, it is possible to take a good license picture! We’re going to give you a few tips to help you get the perfect shot.
First things first, what should you wear when getting your picture taken? While you don’t see much of your clothing in the picture, your outfit choice still matters. When it comes to choosing colors, try to avoid light or white clothing. Oftentimes, the background of the photo will be white and if you wear light clothing it may end up blending right into the background. Additionally, you should try to avoid wearing clothing with graphics or words on it. Because the entire shirt won’t show in the picture, it may look silly having half of a word or picture showing. And lastly, it’s important to consider the neckline of the top you choose. This is important because if you choose something strapless, you may end up looking nude in your photo! Overall, choose a neutral, well-fitting top to wear for your photo.
When it comes to makeup and accessories, it’s important to not go overboard. For a license picture, it’s best to try to be as natural as possible. While some ladies might not want to go in bare-faced for the fear of looking washed-out, it’s important to not overdo it as well. For example, if you don’t normally wear bright red lipstick, you probably don’t want to wear it for this picture. So while you’re more than welcome to wear makeup and accessories, just think carefully about your choices. It’s also important to remember that your photo is really only going to be from the shoulders or neck up, so wearing a scarf or necklace may not be the best choice.
Many people don’t know if they should smile or keep a straight face in their license photo. Generally, people’s first instinct is to smile, especially seeing as how AACD survey results show 99.7% of adults agree that a healthy smile is important for their social lives. However, many facilities don’t allow people to show off their big, toothy grin. If this is the case, try not to stand there with a blank stare. Showing a hint of a smile or even just focusing on softening your face will make your picture look less like a mugshot if you’re not allowed to smile. Although some good looking mug shots out there look better than many driver’s license photos.
And lastly, if you’re truly not happy with how your photo came out, it doesn’t hurt to ask for a second shot. With about 218 million people having driver’s licenses in 2015 alone, many facilities have to rush through taking pictures and administering other driving-related tests and tasks. However, if you ask politely can go at a non-busy time, you may luck out and get a second chance.
So if you prepare properly and go in with a positive attitude, you have a fair shot at getting a great license picture. And if not, don’t sweat it. After all, it’s just a driver’s license photo.