Biometric passports were introduced on 28 August 2006.
The introduction of electronic security features into passports such as a chip with encoded data of the passport’s holder is a vital modification.Other than fulfill the obligations of the EU membership, the introduction of the new passport template, will primarily facilitate the reduction of material losses as a result of crime of identity theft or document forgery. This document also raises Poland’s prestige internationally as it is one of the most modern documents in the world.
Issuing passports with biometric features requires both technical and organizational changes. All offices accepting applications and centres releasing personalized documents should be furnished with new IT equipment and appropriate software. Due to limited funds for the introduction of biometrics, it is impossible for the State Treasury to finance the equipment for passport issuing centres, which issue at least several hundred passports annually. Consequently, voivodes had to select the optimum locations for passport centres, so that all citizens are able to obtain their passports within the statutory time limit. Simultaneously, it was necessary to ensure security of the system. All employees of such centres are obliged to meet the legal requirements regarding personal data protection, i.e. obtain proper security clearances.
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Introducing biometric passports, the Ministry of Interior and Administration was provided with financial EU support within the SCHENGEN FUND for one of the biometric passport projects, i.e.biometric passport for Polish citizens and Polish biometric documents for foreigners.
THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Non-biometric passports issued earlier shall remain valid until their expiration date.
Passports and temporary passports are issued and modified in Poland by a voivode locally competent for the permanent place of residence of a person applying for the passport, and abroad by a Polish consul.
By consent of the minister of interior, a passport and temporary passport may be issued by a office other than the locally competent one.
A temporary passport is issued:
Temporary passports are issued by a voivode.
They are valid for 12 months from the date of issue or for a period specified in the passport by the passport authority.
No biometric features are contained in temporary passports.
To obtain the passport, the following documents are required:
The passport application must be submitted and collected in person by the holder, following the verification of the data contained in the microprocessor.
To obtain a Polish passport abroad, it is necessary to visit the Polish consulate and submit the same documents as required in Poland. Should there be any doubt as to the applicant’s Polish citizenship, they are required to submit a document certifying their Polish citizenship or, apply for it via the consulate at the competent Polish Office.
If the applicant has no PESEL number (Polish identification number), the consul submits an application for assignation.
Information on children must not be included in new biometric passports or temporary passports. On behalf of a minor, both parents submit a passport application, unless pursuant to a court decision one of the parents has been deprived of parental authority or their authority has been restricted.
If there is no consensus between the parents or inability to obtain consent of one parent, a child passport may be issued on the basis of a family court decision.. The application submitted by one parent along with a written consent of the other, accepted by the passport authority or a notary, is regarded as submitted by both parents.
A minor passport may be issued abroad by consent of one parent, providing it is in the best interests of the child, particularly, when it is impossible to obtain a consent of the other parent.
Paszport fees are as follows:
The following persons are exempt from the passport fee:
The following persons are entitled to a 50% passport fee allowance:
A discounted passport fee applies to:
A double fee is collected when:
Fees for passports issued abroad vary and are specified in the Ordinance of the Minister of Foreign Affairs on consular fees.
The time for passport issue is specified by the authority issuing the passport. An average waiting time for the document issued in the country does not exceed 30 days.
Passport documents during their validity period shall remain a property of the Republic of Poland.