UK Passport gets scenic makeover

by Jeremy Plimmer

UK Passport RFID Machine Readable Cover

Posted on Saturday, September 4, 2010


A new redesigned UK passport, now featuring strengthened security features and iconic images from across the nation, was unveiled today by the Chief Executive of the Identity and Passport Service Sarah Rapson.

The new 10 year passport will be issued from October, with pages of the passport containing well-known UK scenes, including the White Cliffs of Dover, the Gower Peninsula, Ben Nevis and the Giant's Causeway.

The use of these images, recreated through special printing techniques, is just one of a number of enhanced security features contained in the passport, which will give UK citizens added protection from identity theft and fraud and ensure speedier travel across borders.

New security measures include:

* moving the chip which stores the holder's details to the inside of the passport cover where it will no longer be visible. This gives additional physical protection as well as making it much harder to replace the chip without damage to the passport cover being spotted;

* a secondary image of the holder printed onto the observations page;

* new designs now stretching across two pages; and

* a new transparent covering which includes several holograms to protect the holder's personal details.

These features and others applied to the new passport will be highlighted – and fully illustrated - in the NEXT issue of Product & Image Security Newsletter which will be published next month (October 2010).

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About Jeremy Plimmer

Jeremy Plimmer has 35 years of experience in the security related print and packaging industry working originally as sales development director for manufacturers of passports, high security print and labels and more recently as a consultant. He is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Fellow of the Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining, chairman of the West Midlands Packaging Society as well as vice chairman of the East Midlands Packaging Society.

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