What is the Next Generation Passport?

The new passport is a modernized U.S. passport book which we started issuing in 2021. While our previous electronic passports (ePassports) are secure, the Next Generation Passport book (NGP) 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.

We are only issuing the NGP for passport books. We will soon upgrade and modernize our other document, the passport card.

Please Note: It is possible that for a family of applicants applying at the same time, some may receive an NGP book and some may not. We will not replace one for the other: all of the passports being printed are valid for travel. Eventually, the previous version of the passport book will be phased out.

To learn more view the Next Generation Passport website

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1. What's the difference between the passport book and the passport card?
2. When is the best time to get a passport?
3. What application form should I use?
4. What documents do I need to get a passport?
5. Can I renew my expired passport here?
6. When is the best time to renew my passport?
7. What do I need to change my name on my passport?
8. How long is the passport good for?
9. Can I use my passport book or passport card instead of the REAL ID or the Enhanced ID when flying within the U.S.?
10. What is the Next Generation Passport?
11. My Passport is expired, but my Visa is not. Is my Visa still valid?
12. Do you take passport photos? Printed or digital?
13. What are the passport photo requirements?
14. Can I bring my own photo?
15. How much is a passport?
16. What forms of payment do you accept?
17. How long will it take to get my passport?
18. Can I get my passport faster?
19. I already applied for my passport where is it?
20. What color pen can I use?
21. Do you offer notary services?
22. Does the applicant have to be present even if they are a minor?
23. How can I reach the state if I have additional questions or concerns?
24. Can I come here for your passport services even if I am from outside the City of New Brighton, Ramsey county, or even from outside the state of Minnesota?