What is a biometric passport or ID?

Most modern passports and ID's are biometric, meaning they have an embedded secure chip that can be read and verified by inspection systems such as airport terminals, the Biometric Passport Reader app, and our SDK.

Look for the universal chip symbol, usually printed on the front, to know if your passport or ID is compatible.

Biometric passport

The chip is read using NFC and contains personal information about the document holder along with security features that protect the integrity of the information.

The chip is physically located inside the front or back cover, or in the data page of the passport, and is powered by your device when it's held against it.

Country coverage

We support all documents that comply with the ICAO Doc 9303 standard, with some additions. For the most part this means all passports and national ID's. You can search for coverage information on specific countries below, or contact us to learn more.

US & Canada
Passport
National ID
Germany
Passport
National ID
France
Passport
National ID
Spain
Passport
National ID
UK
Passport
National ID
Italy
Passport
National ID
Nordics
Passport
National ID
Baltics
Passport
National ID
Supported Coming soon Not applicable

Device requirements

A device with the necessary NFC capabilities is a requirement for reading biometric documents.

Android has a long history of NFC support, devices from 2012 and later generally meet the requirements. For Apple devices, iPhone 7 or later is required.

In addition to hardware, iOS 13 or later, or Android 5.0 or later, is required. Or more simply put — If you use services like Apple Pay or Google Pay, then you're all set.

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