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) identifying the bearer include:
The bearer's photo is digitally printed and embedded into the page. It also appears on the electronic chip.
The personal data and signature are digitally printed and embedded in the page and cannot be removed or erased. The information displayed on page 2 is also stored on the electronic chip (except for the bearer’s signature and place of birth).
A series of holographic images is embossed in the thin-film laminate used to secure the information page. These images can be viewed by tilting the booklet in reflected light.
"Optically variable ink" that changes colour under different lighting is used.
This symbol represents that this is an ePassport, which means it contains an embedded electronic chip.
A copy of the bearer's photo appears in greyscale.
The letters "CAN" appear when looking through the page.
The last two lines at the bottom of the page form the machine-readable zone, which repeats the bearer's personal information and passport details in a special format.
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