29 Sep

POLL: Do You Dress Up For ID Photos?

I’m headed down to the DMV today to get a new driver’s license with my new married name on it, and I’m pretty excited!  Not only will I be glad to have all of my documents changed over (it has been really weird trying to juggle two last names for the past couple of weeks!), but I can’t WAIT to change my ID photo!!

(a little too dolled up, perhaps?)

The photo on my license was taken when I got my driver’s permit at 15 1/2.  Needless to say, I don’t look much like that young girl anymore, and I’m ready for the update.

The only thing is… I’m not sure how I should look in my picture.  Hair up?  Hair down?  Minimal makeup or a little extra?  I know you will only see from my collarbone up in the photo, but should I wear a solid color on top or does it not matter?

Maybe I’m over-thinking this (okay, I’m pretty positive that I am), but I’d love to hear your opinion…


How do you present yourself when taking an ID photo for your license/school/work/etc…?  What do you think I should do?  Share in the comments!

{ posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011 }


Comments: {3}

  • Tarah J writes:

    I try to look like I’m not trying to look cute. But, I do do my hair and put on makeup (which I don’t usually do), and wear a solid color.

  • Kari writes:

    I usually go for hair down and try to wear a darker solid color top. They say light colored tops wash people out in pictures. I don’t normally wear much makeup so I just put on foundation and a bit of blush so my face has a little color at least. I think Tarah’s comment about trying to look like you’re not trying to look to cute is perfect. I like to look like I at least take care of myself but not like I think getting my license picture taken is a formal occasion. Good luck!

  • Cathy writes:

    I know this is too late to do you any good, Kim. However… My take on it is, definitely wear makeup to look your best — your everyday best, that is. (No cat eyes or Marilyn Monroe eyelashes unless that is your usual look.) Wear a bright solid color on top that you feel pretty in — I almost always wear red, but other people might go for pink, rose, turquoise or teal. If you love purple and wear it a lot, go for it. You want the pic to be representative of you, but you looking your best. It’s not that big a deal, but you’ll be looking at it and showing it to people for at least 8 years and probably longer than that. You want your hair to look pretty (not pulled back severely, unless that really works for you), and smile nicely. You Don’t want it to look like a mug shot or a passport photo.

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