Saturday, September 02, 2006

Department of State - Rolling out the E-Passport

RFID Law Journal
Newsletter No. 5
September 2, 2006

The U.S. Department of State is scheduled to roll out its e-Passport initiative in October, 2006. The State Department has already deployed e-Passports to U.S. diplomats, and this e-initiative can be interpreted as running in parallel to the DHS initiatives impacting inbound travelers from 27 countries.

The electronic Passport contains a small, contactless integrated circuit embedded in the back cover to securely store the same information typically displayed on the photo page of the passport. It also includes a digital photo, enabling biometric comparisons, and incorporating additional anti-fraud and security features. There is a grandfather provision for existing passports enabling their continued use through their original expiration dates.

You can access the final rule at

You can review comments on the rule at

For more information about security and privacy implications, see “Security and Privacy Issues in E-Passports” at

Relevant testimony is set forth at:

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