Can I wear a head covering in my passport/driving licence photo? Yes. Head coverings are accepted in passport/driving licence photos for both religious reasons and medical reasons. Alopecia is considered a medical reason. It is important that the head covering, such as hat, headscarf or bandana, does not cover or obscure the face in any way. It is recommended that a covering note is included with the application to simply state ‘I am wearing a head covering in my photo for medical reasons. I have <insert name of condition>.’ Including a short note explaining the reason for the head covering reduces the chance of the application being rejected by an examiner. This note does not need to be written by a doctor.