When I applied for my US passport, I had my photo taken at the US Post Office. Unfortunately their photo came out very washed out and overexposed. You can see my face but it's not great. Despite this, my passport was issued using the photo.

I have used the passport on a few trips so far to "easy" countries (Europe, Canada...) without problem. My concern is that if I visit a country that's less accustomed to waving Americans through their doors, I might run into problems. Should I be concerned, and if so what can I do about getting the photo replaced?

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    Have you tried the obvious of getting your passport renewed? And when you talk about country that's less accustomed to waiving Americans through their doors, which ones do you mean? North Korea? Iran?
    – Karlson
    Jul 10, 2013 at 16:20
  • Wasn't aware renewal accepted a new picture, I see now that it does. As far as countries, for example the procedure to get into Italy was very fast with minimal passport examination. I imagine this is because they receive a flood of American tourists all summer. My concern was that other countries (to name one at random, Vietnam) might have more extensive review in which the picture would be a problem.
    – flighttime
    Jul 10, 2013 at 17:37
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    Usually you will submit a picture to receive a visa in which you will have a picture again.
    – Karlson
    Jul 10, 2013 at 17:45
  • Here's a link that explicitly says you can't do this without replacing your passport. traveltips.usatoday.com/new-picture-passport-1699.html Jul 11, 2013 at 15:08
  • Renewing your passport is the same effectively as replacing for this scenario.
    – flighttime
    Jul 11, 2013 at 17:40

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Per Karlson, it appears that a simple renewal will take care of this. I just have to decide when I want to pay the $110 to make the renewal early. Maybe before my next trip into the unknown.

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