Social Security Number and Passport Photo Changes

Social Security Numbers Required on Passport Applications beginning Oct 1, 2016

Beginning October 1st, 2016, passport applicants are required to provide their Social Security Number on the application form, unless the applicant is applying for an SSN at the same time.

Under the 22 U.S.C 2714a, a passport application may be denied if the applicant does not provide her/his Social Security Number or willfully, intentionally, negligently, or recklessly provides an incorrect or invalid Social Security Number.

If you have a Social Security Number, but cannot remember or find the number, please contact our Federal Benefits Unit at:

If you do not already have a Social Security Number, please find the link to the application form here (PDF 132 KB – Get Adobe Reader).

No more eyeglasses in passport photos starting November 1, 2016

Beginning November 1, you must remove your eyeglasses for U.S. passport photos.  The State Department is changing their policy to enhance the security of the application process and verify your identify faster.

You may wear glasses if you have a medical issue such as recent surgery requiring eyeglasses to protect your eyes. If you must wear eyeglasses for medical reasons, you’ll need to obtain and submit a signed statement with your application from a medical professional or health practitioner (such as a surgeon or ophthalmologist) in these cases.   You can read more about passport photos here.