The Biometric Passport

General Information

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.