The Hungarian passports issued after 28 June 2009 will contain one of their owner's fingerprints (index finger). This new biometric identifier comes in addition to the facial image which has been already stored in the chip of the current version of the passport. Â Â Â Â
This is the result of a decision of the Hungarian Government made in compliance with the EU deadlines. The documents issued before 28 June 2009 will remain valid until their expiration date.
The Hungarian Parliament - as well as the other Member States - agreed to introduce the biometric passports in 2006. This measure aimed to fulfil the unified formal and security requirements. As a result, every passport issued after September 2006 (also differing from the previous passports in colour) has been supplied with a chip containing the owner's facial photograph (as the primary biometric identifier) and his/her personal data.
The inclusion of the fingerprint is expected to render the use of the passports more secure and to minimise misuse risks.Â Â