The Biometric Passport
All what you need to know about the biometric passport:
1- The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has enjoined all nations to begin issuing biometric passports (e-Passports) by April 2010.
2- From November 24, 2015, all non-biometric passports will cease to be acceptable as valid travel documents.
3- The validity of the biometric passport is 10 years for adults and 5 years for minors under 19.
4- The biometric passport is an individual document. As a result, minors must hold an individual passport and can no longer have their names and photos added to their parents’ passports.
5- Personal appearance is required for photograph taking and fingerprint data collection.
6- Personal presence is required for biometric passport submission and for pickup. Kids exempted from electronically scanned fingerprints at application submission day, do not need to be present for pick-up .
7- Biometric passports are issued in Algeria. This procedure requires a minimum period of 6 weeks between the facial and fingerprint recognition operation and passport reception.
8- Non-biometric passports valid until 11/23/2015 continue to be exceptionally issued.
For further information, please call (202) 265-2800 ext 123.