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Women in Saudi Arabia must cover hair and neck in ID photos

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It is not true that women in Saudi Arabia can show their hair or necks in civil status ID card photos, according to Mohammed Al-Jasser, spokesman for the civil status department in the Kingdom.

The Council of Ministers has approved amendments to the regulations of the Civil Status system, with article 17 no more stating that “it is obligatory” for women to cover their hair and necks in photos for civil status ID cards.

Only females between the ages of 10 and 14 years old can appear in ID photos with their hair uncovered, although older women with certain health conditions might also be eligible for exemption.

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