Follow the top 5 secret tips to take a good photo for a license:
1. Relax, don’t panic
Come earlier to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), or Department of Public Safety (DPS), or Department of Licensing (DOL) than indicated in your appointment. If you’re in a rush, you might blush, sweat, or spoil your makeup.
2. Take a mirror and hairbrush with you
Give yourself time to take care of your hair, eyes, makeup, and face. Use wipes to get rid of sweat on your face.
3. Smile naturally
Practice a natural smile looking at your smartphone camera or a mirror before taking US photos. Often, when people are nervous, they smile unnaturally or just too much and their facial expression gets distorted. Try to smile with a closed mouth and compare it to your smile with an open mouth.
4. Don’t look turn your face front until you’re ready to take a pic
A DMV services person won’t shoot a license photo if you don’t look in the camera. So give yourself a couple of seconds to inhale and exhale.
5. Look directly at the digital camera
Don’t look down or don’t raise your chin to the sky. Remember to stand still and keep your shoulders down.
Following these simple photo taking tips and allowed rules will help you to look like a star on your official document.
Mugshot is taken in the Department of Motor Vehicles, or Department of Public Safety (DPS), or Department of Licensing (DOL) of your State. Your photos will be taken when you visit the department to get a new driver’s license.
You can retake a license photo when you:
To look stylish in government license photos, wear casual clothes, and dress as you do it every day. Remember, that bright print on your clothes might spoil the photo quality on your license, so avoid to wear them. Among other tips: preferably, wear simple plain clothes like a T-shirt, a blouse with a collar, and formal clothes.
If you want to change a drivers license photo, please apply to your local DMV department in person, fill out a form asking to retake your license photo, pay a fee and schedule an appointment for taking a new picture. Please note that it might take up to 10 business days to receive a new driver’s license by mail.
The fee for a license photo retaking varies by state. For example, in New York, a new photo taking costs $17.50, in California it costs $33. Please check your Department of Motor Vehicles of your state for up-to-date pricing.