The story appears on

Page A5

May 4, 2012

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro

New biometric passport for Shanghai residents to be issued this month

SHANGHAI residents will get a new biometric passport with an embedded chip this month, Shanghai police said yesterday.

The electronic chip in the new passport will store the holder's identification information such as name, birthday, address and ID card number.

Also, the holder's finger prints and signatures that will be recorded during the application process, the Shanghai Exit-Entry Administration Bureau said yesterday.

Chinese citizens can apply for the new passport from May 15. The application conditions and charges for the new passport will be as same as for the old one, the bureau said.

If residents already have a passport, they don't need to apply for the new one as long as their passport is still valid for more than half a year, officials said.

The application for the old version of the passport would be available until next Friday while application windows will be closed for adjustments from next Friday to May 14, according to the bureau.

"The difference between the passport versions is the same as that between the old and new versions of the ID card," an officer surnamed Chen told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

The chip-embedded passport was put on trial in east China's Shandong Province from March 15, the bureau said. A press conference is scheduled for next week to introduce more details about the new version, officials said.

Although a passport has the same function as an ID card, it is not widely accepted outside of airports, residents said.

"Once I went to a bank with my passport, the staff insisted that I should show my ID card and refused to use the passport," said a resident surnamed Yan. "Because the ID card, with an embedded chip, could be read by their electronic card reader, it is easier for them to input my information automatically through the reader rather than manually with the passport."

With the new passport, Yan's problem could be solved.

In fact, chip-embedded passports are widely used in many countries around the world. The electronic reading of passports with the recorded finger prints and signatures should make the identity checking process more efficient and secure, Chen said.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend