New British Passport Design Unveiled

26 Aug
2010

The British passport was redesigned and unveiled on August 24th, New features include stronger security features and iconic images representing the nation.

The ten-year passport will be issued from October and contains well-known scenes including the White Cliffs of Dover, the Gower Peninsula, Ben Nevis and the Giant’s Causeway.

The passports are designed to offer extra protection from identity theft, fraud and speed travel across borders.┬áThe transparent covering containing holograms has been introduced to help protect passport holders’ details, while the chip storing personal data has been moved out of view, inside the cover.

The holder’s name and personal details have been moved to the second page of the passport, in common with others in Europe and around the world, in an effort to speed up passage through border controls.

Sarah Rapson, chief executive of the Identity and Passport Service, said: “Through its combination of physical and electronic security features, the UK passport remains one of the most secure and trusted documents in the world, meeting rigorous international standards. “The new design is part of our strategy to stay ahead of criminals who look to fraudulently alter or copy passports.”

The new passport will replace the current UK ePassport, which was upgraded in 2006 to add an electronic chip to comply with the US Visa Waiver Program.

The older non-biometric U.K. Passport…

(1988-1999 version)

via afp

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