17/06/2010: Embassy in Washington DC Implements ePassport Project
17 June 2010 – The Embassy in Washington DC wishes to announce that beginning Monday, 21 June 2010, it will accept applications for electronic passports.
An ePassport is a passport which features microchip technology. An integrated circuit (chip) within its pages contains the data that are essential in verifying the identity of the passport holder.
These data include the personal data found on the data page of the passport, the biometrics of the passport holder, the unique chip identification number, and a digital signature to verify the authenticity of the data stored in the chip.
Passport applicants are encouraged to set an appointment for the submission of their application and capture of the biometrics. Those with confirmed appointments will be given priority over walk-in applicants. Personal appearance is required in all cases. The telephone number to call for appointment is 202-467-9300 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Passport applicants are no longer required to bring photographs since they will have their pictures taken using ePassport data capturing machines at the Embassy. However, they still need to bring other necessary requirements, such as their current passport, and an application fee of $60.00. The application form is available for download at www.philippineembassy-usa.org or at the reception desks of the Embassy. END.