Features of the passport
Since July 1, 2013, all new Canadian passports are issued as electronic passports, or ePassports. Adult applicants have the option of a 5- or 10-year ePassport for both first-time applications and renewals, while children's ePassports are issued for a maximum of 5 years.
The personal information pages (pages 2 and 3) include:
- Digital photo
The passport holder’s photo is digitally printed and embedded into the page. It also appears on the electronic chip.
- Digitally-printed information
The personal data is digitally printed and embedded in the page and cannot be removed or erased. The information shown on page 2 is also stored on the electronic chip (except for the place of birth).
Holographic images are embossed in the thin-film laminate used to secure the information page. These images can be viewed by tilting the booklet in reflected light.
- Special ink
There is "Optically variable ink" that changes colour under different lighting.
- ePassport symbol
This symbol represents that this is an ePassport, which means it contains an embedded electronic chip.
- Secondary photo
A copy of the passport holder’s photo appears in greyscale.
- See-through register
The letters "CAN" appear when looking through the page.
- Machine-readable zone
The last two lines at the bottom of the page are the machine-readable zone, which repeats the passport holder’s personal information and passport details in a special format.
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