The Ministry of Foreign Relations revealed this Thursday the details of the new passports that Mexicans must carry, as part of the agreements of the International Civil Aviation Organization, of which Mexico is a part.
As published this day in the Official Gazette of the Federation, ordinary, official, and diplomatic passports will be machine-readable with a “contactless integrated circuit where the information from the data page is stored, a biometric measurement of the passport holder and a security object to protect data with a cryptographic technology.
The second point of the agreement indicates that the books of the electronic passports issued in the national territory and in the Mexican representations abroad will be issued progressively, starting in the last four-month period of the year 2021 (September, October, November and December).
Depending on the type of passport, the color will be: green for the ordinary, gray for the official and black for the diplomat.
The Mexican document will have a lining stamped in gold with the National Shield in the center and the words “MEXICO” and “PASSPORT” in the upper and lower parts of the cover, respectively for an ordinary passport.
In the case of diplomatic and official passports, the lining is stamped in gold with the National Shield in the center and the word “MEXICO” and the legends “PASSPORT DIPLOMATIC” and “PASSPORT OFFICIAL”.
In all three, the lower central part will contain the symbol of the microplate contained, the international symbol of the electronic passport.
What are the security measures?
As security measures, passports will have:
On the obverse:
- Polycarbonate sheet with 5 color groups and rainbow printing, guilloche patterns, guilloche combined with rainbow printing, Datamatrix and polycarbonate sheet serial number on the bottom.
- In the upper part the word “MEXICO” in micro-text and on the sheet there is a tape in invisible fluorescent ink.
Contains the following legend in Spanish and English:
“The Ministry of Foreign Relations of the United Mexican States requests the competent authorities to allow the holder of this passport of Mexican nationality free passage without any delay or obstacle and, if applicable, grant him all possible assistance and protection.”
In the reverse:
The polycarbonate sheet intended for the description of the data of the person holding the passport contains the following security measures:
- a) Aztec calendar in 5 color groups and guilloche combined with rainbow printing.
- b) The word in Spanish “PASSPORT” and in a second line in the English language the word “PASSPORT” in an area with guilloche patterns.
- c) In the upper part the legend “ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS” followed by the international electronic passport symbol in optically variable image and with OVI color change ink with UV fluorescent effect (yellow).
- d) A hologram is displayed in the space for the photograph of the passport holder.
- e) On the right side a window with a multiple laser image that displays the photograph of the passport holder with the assigned passport number.
- f) The left part of the sheet has tactile effects (matte) with micro-text and on the right part tactile effects (glossy). Tactile effects of the national emblem and the word “MEXICO”
In addition, the 32 inner pages will be printed with security inks with a laser-punched serial number beginning with the letter N followed by 8 digits.
“Its design consists of 31 shields of the states that make up the Mexican Republic in alphabetical order, as well as that of Mexico City, not including Zacatecas, starting with the Aguascalientes shield on page 2 and going up to Yucatán in page 32. The third cover guard contains the coat of arms of Zacatecas ”, explains the Ministry of Foreign Relations.
What is the passport with biometric data for?
The new passports include a kind of chip that stores all personal information, such as a photograph, fingerprints, type and number of passport, full name, gender, among other information.
The objective has been made known, in addition to being able to travel to other countries, is to avoid the cloning of information and documents that can be used for illegal acts.
In the case of Mexico, the inclusion of biometric data in passports dates from 2010, however, unlike other countries, mostly European, the RIFD chip was not included.