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What is the difference between a biometric passport and an e-passport?

E-passports and biometric passports are different names for the same thing.

The Canadian government will adopted electronic chip technology in all passports issued from 2012; a pilot scheme has meant that some passports are already equipped with electronic chips.

This procedure has been tried and tested in over 80 countries world-wide. This means that every new passport will be embedded with an electronic chip, which contains extra biometric data to enhance passport security and fight passport fraud. This includes:

  • A hidden digital photo viewable under ultra-violet light
  • Personal details contained on page 2 of the Passport
  • A government signature that proves the Passport was issued in Canada
  • Holographic images
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