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10 Secrets To The Perfect Photo ID

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    Yes, we know drivers licenses are not glamour shots — they are serious pieces of ID that help law enforcement officials identify us and keep potential threats and troublemakers in check. But, those things are with you for a decade — is it a crime to want to look like a somewhat presentable human being in ours?

    We all have horror stories (with the photos to prove it) of ID snaps gone amiss. Bad lighting, cranky photo takers, and now, in some states, not being allowed to smile all add up to create a perfect storm of bad pics. If you do manage to get a good one, it's either luck or because you are photogenically blessed, right?

    Not so, friends. While you can't necessarily guarantee an amazing shot, there are some little beauty tricks you can do to make sure your hair and makeup aren't totally sabotaging you. We asked the pros to tell us their best, easiest tips for taking a great driver's license photo — because you've got enough on your hands dealing with that long-ass line and the cranky DMV lady giving you the stink-eye.

    Click through to see how to get your best driver's license photo ever, crappy DMV camera be damned.


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