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How do I know if my passport is secure?

Verified 10 January 2020 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), Ministry of the Interior

Before applying for a national identity card or passport, it is important to know if you already have a new and secure passport (electronic or biometric). Depending on the nature and date of the passport, you will not need to provide again, the documents related to your civil status and nationality.

Passport issued after June 2009

Any passport issued since 29 June 2009 is a biometric passport.

On the cover of a biometric passport, the word passport is underlined.

Between April 2006 and June 2009

All passports issued since 29 June 2009 are biometric passports.

Evolution of passport models

Type of passport

Secured Title?

Description

Release period

(in mainland France)

Biometric passport

YES

On the cover, the word passport underlined

Below the word passport is a secure symbol (circle inside a rectangle)

Photo reproduced 2 times on the same page

First release: 31 October 2008 (by department)

Generalization: June 29, 2009

Electronic passport

YES

On the cover, the word passport is not underlined.

Below the word passport is a secure symbol (circle inside a rectangle)

Photo reproduced 2 times on the same page

Last put into circulation: June 2009

Delphine passport

(optical read)

NO

On the cover, word inscription European Union

Picture page: in landscape mode.

36 numbered pages

Last put into circulation: April 2006

Before April 2006
Type of passport

Type of passport

Secured Title?

Description

Release period

(in mainland France)

Electronic passport

YES

On the cover, the word passport is not underlined.

Below the word passport is a secure symbol (circle inside a rectangle)

Photo reproduced 2 times on the same page

Last put into circulation: June 2009

Delphine Optical Read Passport

NO

On the cover, word inscription European Union

Picture page: in landscape mode.

36 numbered pages

Last put into circulation: April 2006

Old Model

NO

On the cover, word inscription European Community

Picture page: in portrait mode.

Last put into circulation: end 2002