Residents Can Now Apply for e-Passports
Starting May 15 residents can apply for a new electronically enhanced passport which contains a chip that hold the passport’s owner information. The new passports will still look the traditional paper document only there is an inserted micro chip that contains the passport holder’s name, birth date, photo and fingerprints.
The new generation passports can be applied at any of the city’s public security bureau exit and entry administration in every district. Application is still the same, applicants 16 years old and above will provide fingerprints and a signature while younger applicants can give their fingerprints if their parents or guardians give their permission.
The passports can be only decoded at passport issuing authorities and border checkpoints. The new innovation gives passengers a simpler and quicker way to pass through checkpoints since their digital profile is already embedded on the chips. In the long run the new passports can be used for automatic immigration checks.
Only passport-issuing authorities and border checkpoints will be able to decode and read the digital profiles on the chips. The innovation could give travelers a simpler, quicker experience at checkpoints. A government statement said the new passport could eventually allow automated immigration checks.
The new passports include traditional Chinese elements such as geography, history and ethnic elements as part of the passports design. The new passport also improves the security of the Chinese passports and prevents counterfeiting. Non electronic passports are still valid for use until the end of the eligibility period.