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How do I know if my passport is biometric?

Verified 12 December 2022 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), Ministry of the Interior

Your passport has been lost or stolen? Before applying for renewal, it is important to know whether the passport was biometric. If this is the case, you will not need to provide the documents related to your marital status and nationality again.

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Your passport was 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.

It was issued between April 2006 and June 2009

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

Evolution of passport models

Type of passport

Secured Title?

Description

Period of release

(mainland)

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 departments)

General: 29 June 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 release: June 2009

Delphine passport

(optical read)

NO

On the cover, writing words European Union

Picture page: in landscape mode.

36 numbered pages

Last release: April 2006

It was issued before April 2006

There are 3 possible situations:

Type of passport

Type of passport

Secured Title?

Description

Period of release

(mainland)

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 release: June 2009

Delphine Optical Read Passport

NO

On the cover, writing words European Union

Picture page: in landscape mode.

36 numbered pages

Last release: April 2006

Old Model

NO

On the cover, writing words European Community

Picture page: in portrait mode.

Last entry into service: end of 2002