2016 US Passport Changes

Have you heard the news? The US passport is getting updated with new security measures to protect against any modern day fraud attempts. Moving forward, the new US passport will have some changes that you will want to be aware of moving forward to you are prepared if you are approaching an expired passport or a full passport book.

First, passports will now all be machine-readable due to a new embedded data chip which will be placed on the information page. Many countries require a passport to be machine-readable for entry. You can tell if your passport is machine-readable by looking at your personal information page. If you see two lines of letters, numbers and ´>´symbols printed at the bottom of the information page, your passport is machine readable. If you do not see this, you will be required to renew your passport to comply with the new standard. Passport information pages will also be covered with a polycarbonate coating which will protect from water damage, bending, or other wear and tear.

Another change is that the new 2016 US passport will feature numbered pages. Older passports used to have this feature but the numbers were deemed unnecessary and removed. In the new 2016 passports, numbered pages will now be used so travelers can tell when they are nearing the end of their passport book pages. This is largely due to some countries not allowing you entry if you have less than 4 pages left in your passport book. New passports will be a standard 52 pages, which means there will be no option for a 24 page passport. This also means you will not be able to purchase any more additional pages to add to your passport book. Prior to this change, people could make a purchase of additional pages to staple into their passport for a small fee, which was helpful for anyone who traveled frequently. Now that the new passports will contain more pages, the government is eliminating the option to purchase any additional pages.

For anyone who does not have a passport that falls into these requirements, you will need to apply for a new passport. Need help applying for your new passport? You can read more on obtaining a passport in our handy passport guide.

2 Comments

  1. Your research is insufficient and the article written is full of mistakes… I can not remember any of my ppts not being numbered…. a 24 page passport or 48 page passport hasn’t been issued after 2007. What you mean is a 28 page or a 52 page… and since 2016 there are no more additional visa pages allowed…sometimes it pays to read before posting insufficient researched BS

    1. Hello Martin – thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will look into the research source pertaining to this particular article. We will be sure to make the appropriate changes if necessary.
      Thank you again,
      Nichole H.

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