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To doctor my passport photo?

(30 Posts)
GotABitFat Sat 26-Sep-09 17:36:18

I am in the happy position of finally renewing my passport after ten years of hiding it from people and not letting them see the frankly hideous photo in it (over-plucked eyebrows and ill-advised attempt at a sideswept fringe)...


I have put a fair bit of weight on the last year or two which I'm trying to shift, and it really shows in my face. AIBU to photoshop out my hint of puffy chin, especially as I intend to rectify the situation long before I need to renew the passport again? This could be the last time I have a passport before I start looking like an old crone- I know it's vain, but is a bit of tweaking unreasonable?

FlamingoBingo Sat 26-Sep-09 17:37:06

I have no idea whether it is illegal or not, but it sounds like something that would be illegal!

thumbwitch Sat 26-Sep-09 17:38:19

Almost certainly illegal!
buy I understand your pain...

TheArmadillo Sat 26-Sep-09 17:39:13


It's supposed to be what you look like not what you wish you looked like hmm

also pretty sure it would be illegal.

ramonaquimby Sat 26-Sep-09 17:39:54

just have the pics done again?

HeadFairy Sat 26-Sep-09 17:40:36

Very illegal.. I might see if I can get away with a picture of Alexa Chung next time I renew!

fruitshootsandheaves Sat 26-Sep-09 17:40:39

tie your hair up really tightly on top of your head.

TheHeadbangingWombat Sat 26-Sep-09 17:41:10


HeadFairy Sat 26-Sep-09 17:41:24

You could "lose" your passport, or put it through the washing machine when you want to change the picture, however you'll have to pay again for a new one.

thumbwitch Sat 26-Sep-09 17:43:32

pmsl at Fruitshoot...

The rules governing passport photos are pretty strict now; not even sure you could use one that has been home-printed.

TheHeadbangingWombat Sat 26-Sep-09 17:47:26

As Michael McIntyre says...

SoupDragon Sat 26-Sep-09 17:48:29

I photoshopped the scar on DS2's head from a vivid red to something less noticeable. I then had it professionally printed. It was fine.

I don't think this is as bad as editing out an extra chin though.

EvilEdnasTwinSister Sat 26-Sep-09 17:48:42

Unfortunately, I think it is illegal, but if not I would definitely change my photo (I look like an extra from Bad Girls) haha smile

Tee2072 Sat 26-Sep-09 17:49:38

You cannot use a photo that is home printed, you certainly can't use one that's Photoshopped. It will not be accepted.

RumourOfAHurricane Sat 26-Sep-09 17:50:12

Message withdrawn

BitOfFun Sat 26-Sep-09 17:51:03

From the website for passports:

"Digital enhancement is not acceptable as this can result in the capture of an inaccurate biometric."

Shame though.

BitOfFun Sat 26-Sep-09 17:53:44

pmsl at the Michael McIntyre link

TrillianAstra Sat 26-Sep-09 17:56:24

Ridiculously vain. eveyone looks shit in passport photos, why should you be any different?

StrictlySazz Sat 26-Sep-09 17:56:39

Not sure there are any chin biometrics though wink

Oh, and i have printed all my passport pics and dc's pics at home

GotABitFat Sat 26-Sep-09 17:59:16

No chin biometrics, you say? <<rallies>> Hmm...

StrictlySazz Sat 26-Sep-09 18:00:26

None whatsover, as decreed by the Department of Official Chin measuring no less

StrictlySazz Sat 26-Sep-09 18:02:30

<<stroke chin gently>>

TellAnyone Sat 26-Sep-09 18:04:11

You could get into so much trouble. Passports are government property. Doctoring your photo ammounts to vandalising government property.

I really don't think it's worth it, do you?

RumourOfAHurricane Sat 26-Sep-09 18:04:48

Message withdrawn

StrictlySazz Sat 26-Sep-09 18:12:45

Measures Shiney's chin

<<<suspicious tuck marks on the neck and plumping under the lips>>hmm

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