The New Canadian Passport Is a Big Party Under Black Light

Added on Jan 21, 2015 / Category : Misc / Comments

The new Canadian passports look completely normal to the uninformed. There's an information and photo page, along with the typical numbered pages covered with softly shaded Canada inspired imagery. But put the new passports under a UV light and everything changes.

It's normal to have passport security features that are revealed by black light, but this is something special. The "secret" UV images are cleverly incorporated into the parts of each page that are visible under normal lighting so that the two complement each other when seen under UV light. Glowing maple leaves and fireworks pop from the page. It's like a party is secretly happening under your nose.

These images, along with a biometric chip in the back of the passport, are all security measures designed to ensure that duplicating or forging a passport would be as difficult and complicated as possible.

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