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ID Hair- Drivers Licence Picture

By January 27th, 202129 Comments

MelMelBee writes:

ID Hair- Drivers Licence Picture
Melanie writes:

Ok, so I just got the papers in the mail to renew my driver’s license which expires in October. I’ll also need to take a new picture. As soon as I put down the papers, I immedietely began to think about what hair style I should have for the license picture. This will be my first Driver’s License profiling me in all my natural splendor. I mean…this is a big deal! Your Driver’s License/Photo ID is what get’s you access into places, beyond security checkpoints, get’s you money from the bank, etc. On my last vacation the TSA officer at the airport stared at my license for about 30 minutes (OK, an exaggeration) to make sure I was the same person. I’m excited but perplexed all at the same time.

The picture is 2 dimentional, so I need a style that can be seen on the small 1in. x 1in. picture. What should I do? Has anyone else contemplated special hair styles for their license photo?
Here’s my last Driver’s License Picture (4 years ago)…I was so NOT feeling it that day, as my expression shows. This was like the 3rd retake!

ID Hair- Drivers Licence Picture

CN Writes: Check out my license pic (sorry it’s blurry):

ID Hair- Drivers Licence Picture

Need I say more…
Just about every time I’m asked to present my ID, I get a comment about my HUGE hair, LOL. It was my first natural hair license pic and I love it!


  • Anonymous says:

    OH no, I just realized after reading this article that 2012 will be MY new license pic taking since I became natural (Aug 2010)…and I'll just wear it the way I always do…out big & curly and maybe with a cute crystal pin in it. ;-)

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG! I waited until the very last day to renew my license and I was having a BAD hair day to say the least. I tried to compensate by plastering on the makeup….needless to say, I will be "losing" my license in the near future in order to retake my pic!
    To answer you question, go for a style that makes you feel like a diva! Not only will it come through in the photo, but you'll be happy to pull it out for id checks!

  • MelMelBee says:

    @Anon 10:10PM

    Small World! It was so many sistahs there with fly big hair! LOL! We'll have to meet personally on campus. If you see me around..shout me out :)

  • Lynnieluve says:

    This is so funny!! I was thinking the same thing a few days ago (my renewal is Dec 2011). I have ALWAYS made sure my hair was FLYY for my driver's license. LOL!! I guess a twist out will be the way to go. Oooo, I wonder how long will my hair be Dec 2011?

  • eesh says:

    If picking wasn't so damaging I would say go with a BAA. But I'm sure a big a chunky fro or twist/braid out would work too. Something to really be proud of. And then when it's time for renewal you can be like 'Wow! my hair has grown since that BAA!' :)

  • Lori Mc says:

    Yeah, I just went in on a day that my hair was FABULOUS and took my picture. It was the only license picture that I've ever liked. So feel it out, and go on a day when your hair has you feeling like your favorite, best you.

  • Anonymous says:

    I just took my id for school yesterday and its good to know that my thoughts were normal! I was beyond AMPED as this is my first ID that my hair wouldnt be BONE STRAIGHT! Its not that cute, but I love it! I'll be done grad school in 2 yrs so its gonna be fun to compare it for growth.
    @melmelbee-its funny i saw u on here i met u at widener orienation last nite, i was the girl with the big hair LOL

  • Anonymous says:

    LOL, I just registered for grad school today and need to get a school id pic taken tomorrow, I was wondering the same thing! My last 2 id pictures were polar opposites, one being the peak of my relaxed hair and the other a few months after my bc, where my main style was wake up and go (needless to say I look a mess! LOL) I still have issues I'm trying to work out with my hair, so I'm going to settle of a bun and just look bald in the picture!

  • MelMelBee says:

    @Jeannette…Yes I sure did have a few comments for the guy. He'd say are you ready and I'd be forming my mouth to say "Yes" and he'd snap the darn picture. I was too through. I think he got a kick out of it too, because at the point of this final picture he was smirking too…LOL

  • Bee Michelle says:

    Lol i've wondered the same thing.. Every time I'm at the bar or club or airport I have to explain that yes, thats ME in the photo.. and yes, I know I look young… Yes, My hair is totally different. Yes, I know I STILL look young regardless of my hair. lol. I can't wait to take a new pic so I won't have to say "Oh, thats just how my hair looks when its flat ironed.."

  • Anonymous says:

    this is so silly :D

  • bobbie gardner says:

    Whoops, I'm very proud of my photo but just to say to my fella nappturals, there are some unrighteous people out there that will try and bring you down.

  • bobbie gardner says:

    My passport photo and driving licence has a picture of me with a regal looking fro, whilst in transit in Germany I received some rude/racist behaviour from officers at the boarding gate,. First officer looked at my photograph, passed it to the other officer and laughed, I told them they were rude, they stated they didn't believe I was in the picture and requested more ID. I was pissed to say the least….

  • Anonymous says:

    I just took my first natural license picture on Monday. I contemplated for 2 minutes about wearing a wig before leaving my house. I rocked a TWA and I absolutely love my new pic.

  • Anonymous says:

    So glad that Im not the only one that has concerns about my driver's license picture! My hair is big on mine too! Im about to get my passport soon, so Im definitely taking into consideration how I want to wear my hair! LOL! Sad but true!


  • Anonymous says:

    I just got my drivers' license two weeks ago and I had a natural hair style. I did a cute twist and curl. It was BOMB! I loved it. I had actually failed my test two days before on a technicality and my hair was pulled back in a ponytail. But, when I took it again looking lovely with my natural style, I passed it with flying colors. I think my hair was trying to tell me something :-)

  • Keisha says:

    nikki ur license photo is the bomb missy… love it. My license expires next year, I cant wait to style my hair, look fashionable and smile big in my photo.

  • Alicia says:

    I think a twist out or braid out would be best. You want a hairstyle that shows you actually have hair for that type of picture. If you do a pin-up or a shrunken style, you'll probably look like you have no hair and a huge face.

  • Erika says:

    Also everyone check out these gorgeous pictures of Natural Hairstyles of Black men,women,women at click on the Archives and July and August Months have over 1,000 pics. Those hairstyles can give you ladies some ideas for your New Photo ID for the license. I saw a lot on the site that I will try on my hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    HAHA. I talk about this all the time! I cannot wait until January when I redo my license picture. I'm gonna make sure my hair is HUGE!!

  • Anonymous says:

    …been thinking the same thing! can't wait to renew with natural hair…I have actually thought about just going up there and taking another one just because of my natural hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    I was just thinking about this same thing yesterday, I don't renew my license until May 2011. Big hair all the way for me.

  • Anonymous says:

    IThis is so funny because I went through the same thing last year. I thought I was looking so cute with my side fro, but when I got my id, my hair looked matted down to my head. I cringe whenever i have to show it.

  • Anonymous says:

    I wish I had thought about a special style when I got a new license! I wore it back in a ponytail so you really can't see much of my hair at all. I think a twist out would look nice on a license pic though. ~KF519

  • Unknown says:

    i'm due for a new pic too! was just thinking the same thing… i think I'm going to do a huge fluffy twist out. Tangent: I love the art on the wall behind you.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, I love your huge hair and your smile is great=)! My hair was big in my license too, but frizzy. I was closing on my condo that day, and my frizzy hair wasn't really a concern=). I never really think about it that much other then to fill in my eyebrows and put on some lipgloss=).


  • Anonymous says:

    big hair is for sure the way to go…the bigger the better…to achieve that look i would say second or third day twist out…twists still have hold but have elongated. I have two more yrs before i renew my license but im in no rush. i actually love my id picture of my former straight haired self but when the time comes…big sexy twist out will be my go to hairstyle.

  • Jeannette says:

    LOL LOL…this article is funny. I think MANY of us women (also men) think about their look for their drivers license photo. Because my license doesn't expire until 2014 (it's some lottery I was a part of in New Jersey to have a license renew in 6 years instead of 4)…anyway, I digress. I always wear my hair back so my face shows. MelMelBee may want to try that. A wash and go or twist out may be something to try as well. YES, MelMelBee, your face express is priceless!! You look like you have got a few snarky comments lurking under your tongue LOL LOL LOL

  • Skeeta says:

    This is so weird. I'm taking my first natural license pic in about a week and I have been wondering the same thing, LOL.

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