DoD Knowledge Base: FAQs

Permission to Use DoD Photographs and Imagery
Published: 06/25/2002 | Updated:  02/02/2017

I have a project that I'm working on and wanted to know if I needed permission to use photos from the DoD?

Department of Defense photographs and imagery, unless otherwise noted, are in the public domain.  They are available for use, subject to specific guidelines.

Policy on the use of photographs and imagery containing military persons, places, and things, regardless of its origin, for commercial advertisement, marketing, promotion, solicitation, or fundraising purposes is found at:

For current guidelines on using DoD photographs and images, and limitations for public and commercial use, please visit the Defense Imagery Management Operations Center's web site: