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Biometric passport

From the 1st of October 2011 new Danish passports must contain digital photos, fingerprints and signatures. In this way the security against forgery and misuse of passports is strengthened considerably. Passports issued until the 1st of October 2011 already hold a digital photo of the holder. Your present passport is still valid until the date of expiry.Here at the Danish Embassy in Sofia we are able to make the Biometric passports.

From the 1st of January 2012 the number of Danish missions abroad where you can apply for a new passport will be reduced.

The decision to introduce fingerprints in passports has been made at central level in the EU as part of the combat against terrorism, human trade, human trafficking, illegal immigration and other transnational crime.With the new biometric passport Danish citizens are secured the possibility to travel to countries which in the future will demand this type of passport for entry.

With the new passport you are in a better way protected against someone stealing your identity and pretending to be you and against forgery of your passport.

In order to issue the new passport installation of special equipment for taking photos and recording fingerprints and signature is necessary. The applications must be handed to and handled by specially authorized staff, who will have access to certain data in the central citizens registry, the CPR.

As a consequence, from the 1st of January 2012 the number of passport issuing Danish missions abroad will be reduced. A list of embassies and consulates which will issue biometric passports can be downloaded here. The Danish honorary consulates will from the 1st of January 2012 no longer receive applications for biometric passports.

What can be handled by the consulates from the 1st of January 2012?

After the 1st of January 2012 the honorary consulates can still extend the validity of passports and issue emergency passports.

A condition for extension of an expired passport is that it expired no longer than three months ago. A passport can only be extended once and for a maximum of 12 months. We recommend that you make sure that the authorities of the country or countries you plan to travel to recognises extended passports.For instance it is not possible to travel without a visa to the USA on an extended passport.

An emergency passport is issued with validity limited to the period required for the duration of the journey and rules of the countries to be travelled through, and for a maximum of 12 months.An emergency passport must be rendered to the Police or to a Danish mission abroad after use. Travelling with an emergency passport may cause problems with other countries’ border controls. Therefore we recommend that you make sure that the authorities of the country or countries you plan to travel to recognize emergency passports.

Where can I apply for a passport if I'm a Dane living abroad?

Danes living abroad can apply for passports while on a visit to Denmark or while visiting an area with a Danish passport issuing mission abroad. This is made easier by the possibility of collecting the passport at a place different from where the application is handed in. When applying at a Danish mission abroad it is possible to collect passports at all missions abroad including honorary consulates and by mid-August it will also be possible to collect at a number of Civil Service Centres in Denmark. An additional fee of DKR 185 (2012 rate) is to be paid when collecting a passport abroad when at a location different from application, and it is still recommended to apply in due time to be able to receive the passport during the visit to Denmark.

Must I present myself at the Danish Mission which issued my passport to have it handed over to me?

You may require at the mission that issued your passport whether it is possible to have the passport sent to you, but you must be aware that the old passport must be handed in for cancellation, before the new passport can be delivered to you.

Must I bring photos for the passport?

No. With the new biometrics equipment the mission can take photos for the passport. So if you apply for an ordinary passport you do no longer need to bring photos after 1 January 2012. If you apply for an emergency passport you must bring 2 photos. Children: We recommend to bring a new photo of the child which meets the requirements for passport photos. That photo can then be scanned by the mission if it is not possible for us to take a photo of the child that meets the requirements.

Can I apply for a biometric passport if my finger is injured?

That depends on the extent of the injury. According to the law biometric data must always be contained in a biometric passport.This means that if for example your whole hand is covered by plaster or bandages, only an emergency passport can be issued to you. However, if only the index finger is injured a biometric passport can be issued. In that case fingerprint will be taken of an alternative finger.

Must children also give their fingerprints?

No. Fingerprints are not collected from children below 12 years of age, but they still have to appear in person in order to apply for a passport. From the 1st of January 2012 application for passports for children can only be handed in at the missions that issue biometric passports.

Can my child be included in my passport?

No. As of June 26th 2012 everyone must possess a passport of their own when travelling in or out of the country. Thus, children under the age of 15 who are imbedded into the passport of an adult must have a passport of their own, if they are to travel abroad. You can read more about it here.