Friday, September 17, 2021

New Zealand passport system moves one step closer

The New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs has taken another step towards overhauling New Zealand’s passport system.

The department has gone to tender for a prime contractor to lead a major redevelopment of the current system, seeking a firm with prime contracting and systems integration experience.

In November 2005 the department rolled out its first e-passports containing a chip linking passport holders to a digitized version of their photograph and other biodata already held on the passport.

At the time the department said the e-passports were just the first step of a major security-related redevelopment of New Zealand’s passport system.

“Alongside the introduction of the e-passport we will be replacing the existing passport system which was rolled out in 1992,” said passport manager David Philp at the time. “The new system will provide a higher level of security and processing ability. Over time it will make the passport renewal process simpler for customers.”

Passport fees were also increased to NZ$150 (US$103) for an adult to help pay for the new e-passports and the redevelopment project.

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