Next Generation Passport

We started issuing a next generation U.S. passport book in 2021. The book has new features, such as a polycarbonate data page, laser engraving, and updated artwork.

Highlights and features of the new U.S. passport
This is an image that illustrates the features of a next generation U.S. passport.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an alphanumeric passport number?

The passport number in the new passport book begins with a letter, followed by eight numbers. The number is located in the top right corner of your data page and the bottom of each page in the book.


Can I still use my old passport issued before 2021?

Yes, if the passport is still valid, you may use it. Since our older passports are secure and meet international standards, they can be used for international travel. 


My passport has fibers in the paper that look like tiny hairs. Is that okay?

Yes. The fibers you see in the paper are part of the U.S. passport pages.

Last Updated: February 12, 2024