How to Make a Passport

How to Make a Passport: What do experts use when putting together a passport? We all know how important they are to travel with – but what actually goes into its manufacturing process. We’ll explore what it takes to put one together and why they are so expensive to make. To manufacture a passport you’ll need a variety of inks and paper that cannot be found in any local stores, so there’s little risk of someone creating one at home.

How to Make a Passport

The paper used has to be durable enough to last for 10 years of constant travel in sweaty pockets and dirty backpacks. This paper is not easy to come by and most forgers found in dark backrooms are unable to successfully replicate it. This special paper is then laid over an inked plate to create a print. Some printing on your passport in invisible without a magnifying glass, or even a microscope. These printing techniques are known as microprinting and nanoprinting respectively. So something as boring as printing has a huge impact on the overall quality of the final product.

A variety of different inks are used during the passport creating process. Depending on the country – there are intaglio inks, fluorescent inks, reactive inks, thermochromatic inks and OVI. The UV or fluorescent inks are the ones you normally see in movies when a blacklight is shone in crime scenes. The printing from these is completely invisible to the naked eye. Thermochromatic inks actually change color when heated or cooled and are becoming more and more popular to use when making a passport.

Holograms have long become a staple of modern passports but now RFID chips are new must-have feature. These chips have been used in U.S. passports since 2007 and can be scanned to proved border agents with additional information about the passport holder. And let us not forget about cylinder mould watermarks, security fibers, iridescent features and special coatings for digital printing.

If you’re looking at making a passport for yourself, this is impossible. But an expert forger can make a cloned passport in a matter of days. However, the safest way of traveling is to buy an original passport from a reputable source. In this way, all the security features will exactly match and all biometric info will be present.