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Tips For Looking Good In Your Driver's License Renewal Photo

We all have a driver's license photo that we are ashamed to use as a form of identification. After a long day of taking tests, paying fees and standing in lines, the last thing you want to do is take a photograph that will make you look frazzled and tired. However, there are steps you can take to avoid a driver's license photo disaster.

Keep it Simple

Try to stick to shirts and tops that are simple and do not have any vibrant or unique patterns as these can clash with the background of the photo and make you look ""washed out"" or tired. If you wear makeup regularly, try to wear as little eye makeup as possible on the day. No one looks good with raccoon eyes!

Stand Up Straight

Having good posture will make you look better both in real life and in your driver's license renewal photo. Stand up tall, roll your shoulders back, and hold your head up high.

Stick Out Your Chin (But Not Too Much)

While you will obviously need to look directly into the camera, try to avoid lowering your neck and head too much as you do this. It makes your face look bigger than it is. Instead, focus your eyes on the camera as you elongate your neck and tilt your chin up.


At the end of the day, your driver's license renewal photo is not a glamour shot. Try to maintain a relaxed, neutral and pleasant expression, so that you can walk away from the Department of Motor Vehicles with a renewed driver's license that will be the envy of everyone you know. With these tips in mind, you can focus on preparing for the big day of your license renewal instead of fretting about your appearance. Make sure you study the traffic laws in your area and take an online DMV practice test to review your knowledge. Passing the written renewal tests in your area will go a long way toward relieving your worries about your license, and fewer worries will mean that you take a better photo!