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Old Nov 26, 18, 3:09 pm
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Bad passport photo

So I got my passport renewed recently and when I got my new one I noticed that my photo makes my skin seem very yellow, like I have jaundice. The one I sent did not look like this so they must have modified the photo before printing. Is this going to cause a problem when I try to use it in the automated machines? Is there a way to get this fixed without paying for a new one? I would rather not be stuck with this photo for 10 years.
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Old Nov 27, 18, 4:39 pm
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Was this a USA passport? Don't they just apply the physical photo that you submit and then laminate the page?

If your photo wasn't printed as a passport photo, I could imagine that the heat and chemicals in the glue and/or laminate might cause the thing to change color, but I'm just guessing here.
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Old Nov 27, 18, 9:50 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
Was this a USA passport? Don't they just apply the physical photo that you submit and then laminate the page?

If your photo wasn't printed as a passport photo, I could imagine that the heat and chemicals in the glue and/or laminate might cause the thing to change color, but I'm just guessing here.
US Passport photos have been printed on, not laminated in, for a long time now. Since before e-passports. That doesn't mean they don't make them look like crap when printed though.
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Old Nov 27, 18, 10:31 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
Was this a USA passport? Don't they just apply the physical photo that you submit and then laminate the page?

If your photo wasn't printed as a passport photo, I could imagine that the heat and chemicals in the glue and/or laminate might cause the thing to change color, but I'm just guessing here.
They are printed on.
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Old Nov 30, 18, 5:39 pm
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Originally Posted by darkguy2 View Post
So I got my passport renewed recently and when I got my new one I noticed that my photo makes my skin seem very yellow, like I have jaundice. The one I sent did not look like this so they must have modified the photo before printing. Is this going to cause a problem when I try to use it in the automated machines?
This problem has existed since at least 2008 when they rolled out biometric ePassports. When my wife and I received our passports in 2008, her skin was unrealistically yellow and mine was too red. However, when I read the photo from the chip with my phone's NFC, the picture comes out normal. So, I guess the colors are messed up during the printing stage, not scanning.
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Old Nov 30, 18, 5:41 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
Was this a USA passport? Don't they just apply the physical photo that you submit and then laminate the page?
Considering that you supposedly live in Minneapolis and have over 74k posts on this forum, I will take your comment as a sarcasm.
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Old Jul 23, 19, 4:39 am
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Originally Posted by König View Post
This problem has existed since at least 2008 when they rolled out biometric ePassports. When my wife and I received our passports in 2008, her skin was unrealistically yellow and mine was too red. However, when I read the photo from the chip with my phone's NFC, the picture comes out normal. So, I guess the colors are messed up during the printing stage, not scanning.
Oh that's interesting with the NFC from the phone. I'm curious on how mine came out too, not so much about the color correction, but my photo is offset, which is annoying. The passport works though.
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Old Jul 26, 19, 4:17 pm
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While it's annoying, what does it matter? Some immigration control person looks at it for a few seconds to confirm it's you (and if they read by NFC, sounds like it's a non-issue)
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Old Jul 26, 19, 5:32 pm
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I had this happen two passports ago. Crossing the border an agent even made a comment and I told him that if he didn't like it then his colleagues shouldn't have done such a poor job. I certainly wasn't going to pay for a new passport after they screwed it up.
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Old Feb 7, 20, 12:25 am
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No, there won't be a problem when the colour of your face is different unless if the facial features are not visible or shadowed in the photo
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Old Feb 13, 20, 7:16 am
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I'm fairly sure this is an issue with the passport series. The photo is always garbage, and mine is also tilted. Never been a problem though.
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