Is it Time to Get Your New Passport Photo?

Photos for new biometric passports have to meet very strict requirements.Passports are among the world’s most widely accepted forms of identification and your passport photo is one of the most important elements.  Most of us don’t give the photo much thought.  It’s simply a snapshot of our face that we’re going to be stuck with for the next five to ten years.  What you might not know is that the photos are taking on a new importance around the world as more and more countries turn to biometrics to counter threats from terrorists.  Biometrics, the science of mapping the face with technology that can verify identity precisely, is something that only highly knowledgeable photography services can supply.  Without it, compliance with new government regulations is pretty much a craps shoot.  Sometimes they are accepted and sometimes they aren’t.  I don’t know if you’ve had the pleasure of going through this exercise but it can be very time consuming if you don’t get it right the first time.

Pic4Pass is the first global online identification photo service that provides guaranteed government compliance based on those sophisticated biometrics.  The service is fast, economical, and easy to use.  All you need is a computer, digital camera, access to the Internet, and 15 minutes or less.  If you’re reading this page, it’s a good bet you have a computer and access to the Internet—so the rest is time and money well spent.  And once your photo has been accepted by Pic4Pass it can be professionally printed, saved as a digital image, or printed out on your own photo printer.

Last year alone, over 105 million biometric passports were issued around the world.  These ePassports can save you plenty of time getting through those lines to get through border crossings.  Recently, through the Global Entry program, if you’re an American citizen, you can save time getting back into the U.S. as well.  In the future, as electronic readers become more prevalent—possibly before your current passport expires—the time spent standing in line if you don’t have an ePassport is just going to get longer.  Using a unique patented biometric technology unlike other online photo companies, Pic4Pass also provides guaranteed government compliance based on the standards for biometric passports established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) these standards have been agreed to by 91 countries around the world.

So, you need to make sure that your photo is biometrically compliant or you are pretty much guaranteed you’re going to be asked to go through the whole process again. To complicate matters, even though most countries are only accepting biometric photos, they all have their own additional rules about passport photos, renewals and specifications.  It’s one of the reasons Pic4Pass makes sure your photo is going to be compliant with any of these rules.

And one of the great things about biometrics is that photos based on this technology can also be used for green cards, visas, and in some countries for driver’s licenses, health cards, transportation passes and even sports club passes.    Since the use of your photograph can now be so versatile, you want to use the best version possible—so Pic4Pass lets you pick the one you like, upload it and we do the rest.  So you won’t get stuck with a photo that you can’t stand for years.

So give the site a try and let us know what you think!

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