Features of the passport

Identification page of the passport booklet

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:

  1. Digital photo
    The bearer's photo is digitally printed and embedded into the page. It also appears on the electronic chip.

  2. Digitally-printed information
    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).

  3. Laminate
    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.

  4. Special ink
    "Optically variable ink" that changes colour under different lighting is used.

  5. ePassport symbol
    This symbol represents that this is an ePassport, which means it contains an embedded electronic chip.

  6. Secondary photo
    A copy of the bearer's photo appears in greyscale.

  7. See-through register
    The letters "CAN" appear when looking through the page.

  8. Machine-readable zone
    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.