A closer look at the complex process of making a passport

 

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Have you ever wondered how passports are made and why forgers get caught year after year for failing to match their intricacies? The production of passports involves a complicated process that pays keen attention to the minutest of details and uses modern technological safeguards. In the U.S. alone, each passport issued goes through layers of security protocols and is printed using 60 different materials.

One of the most noticeable passport complexities is the font type, which is chosen specifically by a country’s government. The very typeface is guarded closely and comes with its own little eccentricities and deliberate flaws. This further makes the type harder to replicate.

Another is the stamp, which likewise varies per country. This stamp is applied to the passport using hot-foil stamping, a process that in itself is very difficult to forge since the seals are proprietary.

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Thirdly, the printing method involved in passports exceed industry-standard resolutions, meaning there are details in a passport that cannot be seen under the naked eye. This technique is complemented by the use of an equally elaborate and optically variable ink which looks iridescent, as well as specialty inks, fine engravings, and even the now-standard hologram.

Finally, modern biometric passports now come with embedded chips, a small rectangle that stores critical information about the passport holder. This allows for another layer of data verification apart from what’s already printed on the passport itself.

Cox & Kings Global Services is a business process outsource agency that specializes in serving consular sections of diplomatic missions. It provides consular and diplomatic offices with a range of services covering all aspects of visas, passports, and consular application processing. More on the agency here.

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