Photos: The new face of e-passports
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The first e-passports for the U.K. are now being issued by the Foreign Office in Washington, D.C. The price of a U.K. passport is 51 pounds, reflecting a 9-pound fee increase to cover the cost of implementing anti-fraud measures.rnrn
The cover of the U.K. e-passport looks only slightly different from its predecessor.
,E-passports feature a chip embedded on the back of the personal information page. It will digitally store a scan of the holder’s facial features.rn
rnOther security features include enhanced background checks on applicants and, beginning in 2007, face-to-face interviews for first-time adult applicants.
The proposed e-passport for use by United States citizens will include a small, contactless chip embedded in the back cover. The chip will store a visual display of the photo page and include a digital photo for use in face-recognition comparisons.
The U.S. e-passport will also have a new look and incorporate additional anti-fraud and security features. Each page will include patriotic quotes and designs that are difficult to reproduce.
The information from this page will be stored in a chip embedded in the back cover of the e-passport.
Visa stamps will be issued over a photo of Mount Rushmore.
Here’s the proposed design for the U.S. passport’s inside back cover, which will include an embedded security chip.