I have a Navigo Decouverte card and it looks like you have to stick on a photo of yourself...what I need to know is whether the photo is supposed to be in colour or black & white? What do the official photos look like? (Apparently, there is a machine in the metro that takes them) but I want to stick it on right now.

Edit: Is it okay to have glasses on or is it super-strict like passport photos.

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Apparently, you're supposed to use a color picture.

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pnuts has pointed out that Navigo's FAQ does not not mention anything about color:

Que dois-je faire avant d’utiliser mon passe Navigo Découverte ?

  • coller une photo d’identité (de face, tête nue, fond neutre, 35x41mm, non utilisée, non scannée, non photocopiée)

(Google Translate)

What should I do before using my Navigo Découverte?

  • paste a photo ID (front, bareheaded, neutral background, 35x41mm, unused, not scanned, not photocopied)
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    Thanks @pnuts -- I've incorporated that into the answer.
    – Shokhet
    Commented Jan 20, 2015 at 2:34
  • Oh no, I never saw those measurements when I checked...I just measured the empty photo box...does "bareheaded" mean no spectacles?
    – verve
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 5:19
  • I don't get the crap Google translations...what does the it mean "affix flap to photo" in the F.A.Q.? Don't we just glue it on the sticky part & tbriw out the white flap?
    – verve
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 5:25
  • @verve I don't speak French, sorry! :] ....I think "bareheaded" means "no hat." tbh, I've never seen a Navigo Decouverte card in my life; I just googled the picture, and some helpful user linked to the FAQ page.
    – Shokhet
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 16:13
  • Yes, "tete nue" means bareheaded, no hat or headscarf. It doesn't mean "no spectacles". Commented Feb 1, 2015 at 13:46

This answer is based on my own experience: I have had four different Passes Navigo with four different photos over the years, including the Passe Navigo Decouverte, and helped many family members and colleagues get their own Passe Navigo Decouverte or other types of Pass Navigo set up. These have all been checked regularly by the ticket controllers in Paris with no problems.

It is okay to have spectacles in the photo on your Passe Navigo, and the requirements for the photo are certainly not as strict as for a passport photo. The photo I stuck on my own Passe Navigo Decouverte was in colour, with spectacles, bare-headed, and not exactly the same size as the white box.

The photos for the other types of Pass Navigo (for residents of Paris) are taken by an employee of the RATP (authority responsible for the metro etc.) when you apply for the pass, and in my experience these photos don't even follow the guidelines given by the RATP themselves! For example, the background is never a neutral one, instead in the background of the photo you can see the other people who are queuing behind! Sometimes my face was much smaller than it should be in a passport photo, and in another case it was way bigger.

Therefore, you certainly shouldn't worry about superstrict criteria being applied to your own photo for the Passe Navigo Decouverte. So long as it's a head-and-shoulders shot where you're facing forward, and you're not wearing a hat or headscarf, and it's on actual photo-paper and not a blurry photocopy, you should be fine.

Also in my experience, when your Pass Navigo is checked, they never look at the photo anyway, but only beep it to check if it's valid.

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