Glasses Allowed In Passport Photos But Not Google Glass

Nov 19, 2013 • 7:55 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search Engine Photo Of The Day

Google Glass Passport Photo Denied

Ben Thornsberry had to redo his passport photos and took new shots while wearing his Google Glass. When he went to the passport office to redo them, he was sent back to take new photos. The question is why.

Ben shared his disappointment on Google+, with passport photos in hand. He wrote, "I guess I can't have Glass on for my photo. The courthouse just sent me away to get a new photo taken."

If you read the passport requirements, they do allow you to wear "prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles" if you normally wear them. But they do not allow "headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items."

Where does Glass fall?

We know a Tennessee driver was able to use his Glass in his drivers license.

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11/19/2013 01:18 pm

Sad but an open and shut case in my opinion. There's a clear list of things you're allowed to wear and they all have the word "prescription" as a prefix. As far as I'm aware, no one 'needs' Google Glass to live. We might think it's really cool, but you can't get a pair from your GP (I'd be down the clinic right now!) ...maybe if you're some kind of cloud-consciousness cyborg, but I think if cyborgs were walking around - not being able to wear Google Glass in a passport photo would be the least of my worries :')


11/19/2013 04:24 pm

What a colossal idiot.


11/20/2013 08:26 am

Why this kind of stupid promotion?

Barry Schwartz

11/20/2013 11:00 am



11/21/2013 04:25 am

It is not surprising that Google glasses are not allowed in passport photographs. You don't need Google glasses for your normal vision, so you don't have to wear it always or as often as those who wear prescription glasses that are allowed in passport photographs

Uri Lederman

12/16/2013 02:47 pm

The photo lab that took this should have told him that this would not be allowed... I got mine done at (Toronto) and they told me right away that it wont be accepted.. YES, it tried.. :-)

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