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.