Legal & Finance

Do I need permission to use photos from DOD?

Published: 03/05/19 | Updated: 03/20/19

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 at: