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Coming soon—we’re moving to

We’re almost ready to launch the new passport section on This change will make it easier to find the passport information you need.


Can someone read the information on my ePassport without my knowledge?


The chip in the Canadian ePassport must be held within ten centimetres of the reader in order to be read. Moreover, the information on page 2 of the passport must also be provided to the reader first in order for it to access the information on the chip. It is therefore extremely unlikely that the data stored on the chip could be read without your knowledge.

What's more, only information contained on the chip is the photo and identifying information that is already visible on page 2 of the passport.