UK introduces new passport design

by JJP

UK Passport 2015 design

Posted on Friday, November 6, 2015


It’s been five years since the UK introduced their last passport design (countryside & weather). In early November 2015 HM Passport Office announced a new design (creative United Kingdom).

Regular updates in design and the introduction of new security features are necessary to combat counterfeit (illegal replication) and forgery (illegal alteration) attacks.

The UK Passport allows for visa free travel to 173 countries, more than any other international travel document. As such the passport is an attractive target for criminals.

In the upcoming issue of Product & Image Security Newsletter (Jan-Feb 2015), we are carrying a special feature on this initiative together with a number of hi-resolution images of the visa pages.

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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Today it operates with more than 100 members in 27 countries and is the premier international forum for manufacturers, suppliers and users of labels, tags, packaging, identification systems, materials and systems for any form of product security, brand image protection or product traceability applications and technology.