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Biometric Passport Photo Explanation

One of the reasons it is extremely important for a passport photography studio to follow the exact specifications and measurements in photographing your passport picture is the use by many countries of biometrics. At Feldman's Photography in Tampa Florida we guarantee that your passport photos will be done perfectly or we will refund your money or retake your passport, visa photo or citizenship photos at no charge.

What is a biometric passport?

Biometric passports are also known as an e-passport or an ePassport. A Biometric passport is a combination of a paper and an electronic passport. It uses biometrics to authenticate the identity of travelers by using a contactless smart card technology which includes a microprocessor chip (computer chip) and an antenna. This antenna provides both power to the chip and communications and it is embedded in the front or back cover, or center page, of the passport.

The passport's critical information is both printed on the data page of the passport and also stored in the chip. Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is used to authenticate the data stored electronically in the passport chip making it virtually impossible to forge.

The type of identification stored on the chip are facial recognition, fingerprint recognition, and iris recognition. These were adopted after assessment of several different kinds of biometrics including retinal scan. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) defines the biometric file formats and communication protocols to be used in passports. Only the digital image (usually in JPEG or JPEG2000 format) of each biometric feature is actually stored in the chip. The comparison of biometric features is performed outside the passport chip by electronic border control systems (e-borders). To store biometric data on the contactless chip, it includes a minimum of 32 kilobytes of EEPROM storage memory, and runs on an interface. These standards ensure interoperability between different countries and different manufacturers of passport books.

It is interesting that the USA Passport card is not a biometric passport. The passport card does not follow the ICAO requirements and can only be used in a limited number of countries. The US passport uses a simple RFID chip instead of the contactless smart card technology that is used for biometric passports.

biometric logo Biometric Logo Printed on Cover

biometric chipBiometric Chip (scale is mm)


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