ICAO 9303 PART 9
Machine Readable Travel Documents - Part 9: Deployment of Biometric Identification and Electronic Storage of Data in eMRTDs
|Publication Date:||1 January 2015|
The Seventh Edition of Doc 9303 represents a restructuring of the ICAO specifications for Machine Readable Travel Documents. Without incorporating substantial modifications to the specifications, in this new edition Doc 9303 has been reformatted into a set of specifications for Size 1 Machine Readable Official Travel Documents (TD1), Size 2 Machine Readable Official Travel Documents (TD2), and Size 3 Machine Readable Travel Documents (TD3), as well as visas. This set of specifications consists of various separate documents in which general (applicable to all MRTDs) as well as MRTD form factor specific specifications are grouped.
This Part 9 of Doc 9303 is based on the Sixth Edition of Doc 9303 Part 1, Volume 2, Section II (2006), as well as the Third Edition of Doc 9303 Part 3, Volume 2 (2008).
Part 9 defines the specifications, additional to those for the basic MRTD set forth in Parts 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of Doc 9303, to be used by States wishing to issue an electronic Machine Readable Travel Document (eMRTD) capable of being used by any suitably equipped receiving State to read and to authenticate data relating to the eMRTD itself and verification of its holder. This includes mandatory globally interoperable biometric data that can be used as an input to facial recognition systems, and, optionally, to fingerprint or iris recognition systems. The specifications require the globally interoperable biometric data to be stored in the form of high-resolution images on a high-capacity contactless integrated circuit (IC), the IC also being encoded with a duplicate of the MRZ data. The specifications also permit the storage of a range of optional data at the discretion of the issuing State. Since the use of the contactless IC is independent of the size of the document, all specifications apply to all eMRTD sizes in their electronically enabled form. Differences between eMRTD formats relate to the MRZ, with consequences for the storage of the MRZ in the contactless IC. These differences are indicated in the specifications of the Logical Data Structure in Doc 9303-10.