April 4, 2013 -
It’s recently been announced that Peru will introduce a new e-passport later this year.
As a part of wider efforts to increase security and immigration control, the new passports will contain a chip with personal information, including fingerprint scans and a digital signature. Reported in Andina.com, foreign resident registration cards will also contain the new chip.
Peru currently issues 500,000 passports each year, and an immigration official has said that though the costs are not definitive, it’s likely the agency will try to offer them at similar prices to current documents in the country.
Peru is no stranger to biometrics. In 2006, Morpho won a contract to become the technology partner for a new secure biometric coting and conference system.
According to a SecureIDNews report from 2012, 93 out of 193 U.N member states were issuing e-passports at the time, with 21 additional countries ready to deploy the technology in the next 2 years. Peru is one of the latest to join the growing list.