WASHINGTON—The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) reached major
milestones this week in the production of the Nation’s passports by both fully
adopting technological advances and reaching new production volumes.

First, with the successful integration of those technological advancements
and increased production capabilities, GPO has converted all Passport
production to the new electronic Passport (e-Passport). The Department of
State began issuing e-Passports to the public last year. The e-Passport
includes an electronic chip embedded in the cover that contains the same
information that is printed in the passport: name, date of birth, gender, place
of birth, dates of passport issuance and expiration, passport number and
photo image of the traveler. The e-passport contains security features to
prevent the chips from being read, cloned or changed. GPO not only
produces the e-Passport, GPO’s Creative Services team created the page
designs.

The second milestone GPO reached is the production of the five millionth e-
Passport. New regulations requiring U.S. citizens traveling by air to and from
Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean to have a passport have increased the
demand for the document. GPO has increased personnel and production
resources to meet the needs of the American public. GPO produces the blank
e-Passport, while the Department of State subsequently adjudicates
applications and personalizes individual documents.

“The passport has seen many changes since GPO began producing the
document for Americans in 1928. GPO employees are proud to be leading the
changes again today by using the latest technology and knowledge to meet
the security requirements of a post 9/11 security requirements,” said Ben
Brink, Assistant Public Printer for Security and Intelligent Documents. “GPO
has produced five million e-Passports to date, with production capacity now
exceeding the Department of State’s production requirements.”

“The Department of State and GPO are meeting the challenge of supplying
Americans with a passport that integrates the latest concepts in electronic
document protection and readability,” said Maura Harty, Assistant Secretary
for Consular Affairs. “Employees at 17 Passport Agencies nationwide are
working overtime daily and throughout the weekend to process applications
to meet Americans’ travel plans.”

Here is a link to a hi and low-res image of the Acting Public Printer’s review of
printed passport:
http://www.gpo.gov/news/images/index_test.html
Broadcast stations: GPO Public Relations has B-Roll tape of passport
production available.
Call 202-512-1957

The GPO is the Federal Government’s primary centralized resource for
gathering, cataloging, producing, providing, authenticating, and preserving
published U.S. Government information in all its forms. GPO is responsible for
the production and distribution of information products and services for all
three Branches of the Federal Government. In addition to publication sales,
GPO makes government information available at no cost to the public through
GPO Access (www.gpoaccess.gov), and through partnerships with more than
1,250 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library
Program. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov.

For information on how to apply for a passport, including applications forms,
visit http://travel.state.gov.

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