Does the REAL ID Act require an applicant who wears a head covering for religious reasons to alter or remove the head covering so that the driver’s license or identification card photograph shows their hair or ears?
No, because the REAL ID regulations for digital photographs recognizes that some people might wear a head covering for different purposes, including religious. There are some requirements, though. These are: the covering shouldn't cover the person's face or cast a shadow, allow the face to be visible from the hairline to the chin and from the ears forward. The regulations do not require the hairline or ears to be fully exposed.