The new passport is a modernized U.S. passport book, which we started issuing in 2021. While our previous electronic passports are secure, the Next Generation Passport book uses new technologies to produce a more robust passport with enhanced security features, such as a polycarbonate data page, laser-engraved personalization, and updated artwork. These improved security features help protect your identity, make counterfeiting or altering more difficult, and streamline the entry and exit process.
Does this mean I will have to renew my current passport?
No! All current passports remain valid until their date of expiration. You may continue to travel with your current passport book without a problem. The Next Generation Passports will continue to be gradually rolled out through our passport agencies and centers.
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