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The White House ups your selfie game by allowing photos

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

For the first time in 40 years, you can take photos during a White House tour

For the first time in 40 years, the White House allows photos, so you should totally go there and take tons of selfies.

According to the White House's website, "As of July 1, 2015, Smartphones and compact cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches (stills only) are permitted on the public tour route as long as their use does not interfere with other guests’ enjoyment of the tour."

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Visitors are also encouraged to share their photos via social media with the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour.

Game on.

#whitehousetour This sign says it all

A photo posted by Jay Mcmichael (@jaymcmichaelcnn) on

The 1st POTUS and JOB and I'm smiling @__bbrreezzy__ #whitehousetour

A photo posted by JB (@dajob2000) on

Now, keep in mind you cannot just walk up to the White House and expect to be allowed to tour the building and grounds. You have to submit your request through your Member of Congress no less than 21 days before your visit — you can submit it as much as six months before. Word on the street says that the earlier you do this, the better your chances are of getting your request approved.

While you can bring your cellphone and a small camera, you still cannot bring in the following items:

  • Video recorders
  • Handbags, book bags, backpacks or purses
  • Food or beverages, tobacco products, personal grooming items (i.e., makeup, lotion, etc.)
  • Strollers
  • Any pointed objects
  • Aerosol containers
  • Guns, ammunition, fireworks, electric stun guns, mace, martial arts weapons/devices or knives of any size

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While you're waiting for your approval for your own White House tour, get plenty of insider info by following #WhiteHouseTour on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, for starters. And when you get there, hashtag the heck out of your pics.

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