Shut up if you want a passport.
The UK Passport Service said photos showing travellers with their lips apart would confuse security scanners being phased-in to measure facial parameters.
Smiles will not be banned, however.
A slight cheesy grin will be allowed, providing the lips are together, a HomeOffice spokesman said. However, the exact wording of the guidelines said: ``It must show their full face, looking straight at the camera, with a neutral expression, with their mouth closed. ''
The snaps must also show eyes open and clearly visible, with no sunglasses or heavily-tinted glasses and no hair across the eyes, the guidelines said.
The new requirements are part of a package to ensure British passport photographs meet recently-agreed international standards.
Images will be measured by facial recognition software as so-called ``biometrics'' a reintroduced into travel documents, with the facial image loaded onto a microchip in ``e Passports''.
Other requirements are that applicants must submit two identical photographs taken in the last six months.
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Aug 6, 2004|
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