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2 Choose how you'd like to receive your photo
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3 Take and upload your headshot
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The need for a biometric photo has increasingly become popular. Modern-day passports, visas, and many other documents prefer its use over the old-style photos because it provides more reliable verification information of the document holder’s identity and improves security by minimizing fraud possibilities.

Biometrics started back in the past with recorded use in 1858 by Sir William Herschel when he was working for the Civil Service of India. What he did was he put each worker’s handprint on the back of a contract in an effort to make sure that workers are identified accordingly. This was the first identification technique that used a systematic capture of hand and finger images.

Many years later, Alphonse Bertillon (1870) developed a method of individual identification by using detailed records of physical descriptions, body measurements, and photos. This was referred to as Bertillonage which was used by law enforcement agencies but was soon abolished because of inconsistencies with its results.

A lot of other developments took place throughout the years and one of the most notable of which is Woodrow W. Bledsoe’s semi-automated face recognition system in the 1960s that relied mainly on the administrator’s ability to extract useable feature points.

Safety and security have since become very important, especially because the latter years have been riddled with a lot of terroristic attacks and crimes against humanity. In an effort to curb the negative results of such crimes, technological and security companies worked for hand in hand with governments to enhance their identification and security systems. They developed state-of-the-art systems that can identify individuals using visible facial information, fingerprints, gait, and other unique features of a person.

Many other things were introduced until more sophisticated hardware and software systems were invented to enhance biometric identification. Today’s technology is in fact more advanced than in the past.

In January 2001, they installed a face recognition system at the Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida, in order to prevent the entry of known criminals in the stadium. Facial recognition soon became very reliable that government agencies all over the world started using it as a new standard for identification and documentation.

In 1994, the Immigration and Naturalization Service Passenger Accelerated Service System (INSPASS) was implemented. It allowed travelers to bypass immigration lines at selected airports throughout the US but they stopped it in 2004. Authorized travelers were issued cards that had their hand geometry information encoded which let them pass through the INSPASS where they present their tokens (cards) with the encoded information and their hands to the biometric device instead of being processed by an Immigration Inspector. The individual will then be allowed to proceed to the customs gate without getting in the queue of long inspection lines. This makes entry to the US faster and more convenient.

With biometric photos becoming a norm in identification and documentation, companies started using the same to identify their workers and customers alike. Even mobile apps use digital photos for additional security and convenience of the user. The revolution of technology today is just so powerful that everyone tends to follow the trend. For example, worldwide immigration offices now mostly require that travel document photos have to meet biometric standards. After all, international travel and traveler safety are sometimes jeopardized because of cultural differences so extra care is necessary. Also, calamities happen everywhere whether we like it or not, and for governments to be able to keep track of, locate and help their citizens, sophisticated technology is often made use of.

It would be very nice to know that you are being taken care of by your government when you are traveling internationally, so is required to submit these advanced identification documents should not be something to hate. You have to comply with your government’s requirements because it is for your own good. You are going out of your country to enjoy other places, do business or work in foreign countries, so you need to always be prepared.

Some people think it is difficult to produce such photos, but that is far front the truth. Preparing a photo for processing is almost the same as taking your favorite selfie with some modifications to make the photo appear clearer and compliant. You will need a high-resolution camera to start with. The camera of your smartphone will work. You can take several shots and choose the best one to use.

In general, the following are the requirements for a biometric photo:

  • It has to be no more than one month old.
  • It has to be in full color.
  • It must be printed on plain white photo paper without borders.
  • The background has to be plain off-white or light grey.
  • It has to be clear and focused in high definition.
  • There should be no creases or tears.
  • It has to show a full head and full shoulders.
  • There should be no other objects in the background.

The following should also be considered:

  • You have to face the camera head-on.
  • You must have a neutral expression. Smiles and frowns are not acceptable.
  • Your eyes have to be open and must show clearly. Your mouth has to be closed.
  • There has to be reflection or glare from. Glasses are preferably removed.
  • Hair should not cover the eyes.
  • Do away with hair decoration.
  • Only headgear required by religion religious or for medical purposes can be used.
  • All facial features have to be visible.
  • There should be no shadows on the subject or background.

iVisa Photos can help you with your biometric photo needs. We have been helping voyagers and ordinary people alike in getting photos for various purposes for many years now, so we are sure we can provide you with the service that you need. We will deliver your photos that have been processed according to standards and are sure to be compliant. We also have knowledgeable and experienced customer service representatives to help you when necessary.

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