HMPO has introduced a range of procedures and systems to help prevent identity and passport fraud.
In 2006, the biometric passport was launched.
The biometric passport has a new design and improved security features which were not present on previous passports. The new pages have intricate designs, complex watermarks and a chip antenna.
From 4 October 2010 IPS issued an updated style, e-passport (version 2), to UK nationals. The personal details page (which includes the photograph) and the observations page have been moved to the front. The electronic chip, which includes the same information as printed on the personal data page, is in the back cover.
The idea behind the new design is that it would be difficult for criminals to forge or clone your passport with the new security features in place. If the passport is not genuine or has been tampered with, government agencies will be able to detect any wrong doing. The facial biometrics on the chip will help link the passport holder to the passport.
The chip in the new biometric passport is one of many new security features in place to help fight passport fraud and forgery. It is protected in the following three ways:
Although generally computer chips can be cloned it is unlikely that a new style passport could be copied or forged by using cloning methods. Nothing can be deleted or changed on your chip which is what is needed to forge a passport.
Therefore it is unlikely that any attempt would be made to clone the passport as any copy or clone would still hold the original passport holder's information (as printed on page 31 of the passport) rendering the obvious differences between the two to be immediately noticed by officials.
Your current passport will remain valid until its expiry date. You will not need to exchange your passport to a biometric passport, but should apply for a new passport in good time as and when your current passport expires. It is best to allow three to four weeks for a passport application. See our Passport Plus Service. There are advantages in replacing you passport for a new style biometric not least for fast entry at Border Control and entry to the USA
Yes. All UK citizens will now be required to change to a digital passport or a biometric replacement. Please note the following:
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