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I just renewed my US passport, why does it look different? Introducing the Next Generation Passport!
May 22, 2022

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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