We are excited to announce the launch of our next generation U.S. passport book which is smarter, safer, and better.
Our new passport is a modernized U.S. passport book designed to be smarter, safer, and better. While the ePassports we currently issue to customers are secure, the Next Generation Passport (NGP) uses new technologies to produce a more robust passport with enhanced security features, such as a polycarbonate data page, laser engraved personalization, and updated artwork.
The most visible changes to the new passport book are the polycarbonate, multi-layered plastic, data page, and the passport number, which now includes both letters and numbers.
No. Passport books and cards remain valid for international travel until their date of expiration. You may continue to travel with your current ePassport book or card without a problem. For information on how to renew your passport, visit How to Apply.
After years of research to modernize and upgrade the passport, we are ready to launch our next generation passport book. Our design team has developed a next generation passport based on industry standard technology and new capabilities. We have worked on this multi-year project in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, the Government Publishing Office, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
You cannot request a specific version of the passport book, and we cannot guarantee that you will receive a Next Generation Passport. We are gradually replacing existing ePassport printers with NGP printers at our passport agencies and centers. Since ePassports continue to meet and exceed international passport security standards, both ePassports and the NGP can be used for international travel.
All passport books and passport cards are acceptable alternatives to a state-issued REAL ID and may be used for domestic travel. There are multiple alternatives to a state-issued REAL ID besides a U.S. passport. To learn more about REAL ID, visit the Department of Homeland Security's website.