How to get E-Passport in India ?

E-passports, also known as a digital passport or a biometric passport is the digitized version of the physical copy of an individual’s passport. 

E-passports are designed to increase security, making it more difficult to tamper with data recorded on a passport, thereby limiting the chances of fraud. It has been adopted by many countries across the world, with Australia being one of the very first countries to expedite this process.

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Features

Passport will have a chip with an advanced security system. This chip will have all the details including date of birth, name of father or spouse of the applicant. The e-passport will have higher paper quality and printing too. In case if someone tries to tamper the e-passport with another image of the original passport holder, a message alerting the passport office will be generated through a separate software system.

Some of the features of e-Passport is as follows.

  • The e-passport will have thicker front and back covers

  • The back cover will have a small silicon chip, smaller than a postage stamp, as well as an embedded rectangular antenna

  • It will take a few seconds to be read. Vital extra seconds will be saved at the immigration counters

  • The software has been developed by IIT-Kanpur and National Informatics Centre (NIC). There is no commercial agency involved.

  • The memory space of the chip is 64 kilobytes. Information up to 30 visits and international movement can be stored

  • It is expected to store the photograph of the holder and eventually fingerprints too

Benefits

  • Biometric passports will improve immigration processes at airports which are equipped with automatic E-passport gates. This will help to reduce the waiting time.

  • E-passports are designed to increase security, making it more difficult to tamper with data recorded on a passport, which reduces the chances of fraud.

Status

As of today (May 2019), E-Passport is not yet issued. The manufacturing of e-passport with advanced security features and better printing and paper quality will commence on the successful completion of the tendering and procurement process by ISP, Nashik. 

Passport will be issued first to diplomats and officials. In the second phase, it will be issued to the general public.

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