The U.S. Electronic Passport

The U.S. Electronic Passport (e-passport) is the same as a regular passport with the addition of a small contactless integrated circuit (computer chip) embedded in the back cover. The chip securely stores the same data visually displayed on the photo page of the passport, and additionally includes a digital photograph. The inclusion of the digital photograph enables biometric comparison, through the use of facial recognition technology, at international borders. The U.S. e-passport also has a new look, incorporating additional anti-fraud and security features.

Since August 2007, the U.S. has been issuing only e-passports.

Passports without chips will still be valid for the full extent of their validity period.

The Department of State Starts Issuing Tourist E-Passports 

Electronic Passport Frequently Asked Questions

ICAO Request for Information - 8/2007

This webpage will be updated as more information becomes available.