The UK has been issuing ‘biometric’ passports (also known as ‘ePassports’) since 2006.
These passports include a microchip which stores a digitised image of the holder’s
passport photograph as well as the biographical details printed on the passport.
The EU has set minimum standards for passports which include the use of facial and fingerprint biometrics. The UK is not covered by these regulations and fingerprint biometrics are not included in UK passports.
The UK’s biometric passports contain a microchip with a ‘facial biometric’. This is a digitised image of the holders photograph. Various features on the face, for example the distance between eyes, nose, mouth and ears, are digitally coded from the photograph and the information stored on the electronic chip. The chip also stores electronically, the biographical information which is printed in the passport. It does not contain any information which is not also on the face of the passport.
The information printed on the passport can be checked against the information on the chip, which is intended to be harder to forge. The information on the chip is encrypted so it can only be read by special biometric passport readers.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation recommendations for biometric standards include a digitised photograph embedded on a chip in the passport contact us for Buy UK Passport.