Next Generation Passport Issuance Is Accelerating
The next generation of U.S. passports began rolling out in 2021 and that trend will continue going forward. Compared to the 28 pages found in a standard ePassport, the Next Generation Passport has just 26 pages; the expanded book of the new iteration has 2 pages less than the standard ePassport, bringing the total number of pages down to 50. The book number can be located at the top right-hand corner of the datapage and at the bottom of every other page in the book.
To understand the motivation behind issuing Next Generation Passports and transitioning to a new U.S. passport design, a State Department official shared this insight with AFAR: “The Next Generation Passport uses new technologies to produce a more robust passport with enhanced security features, such as a Polycarbonate (PC) datapage, laser engraved personalization and updated artwork.” Everything about the new U.S. passport design ties back to providing U.S. citizens with improved safety and personalization from the previous generation.
Figure 1: Photo of what a Next Generation Passport lo…
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