Machine Readable Passport Law and Legal Definition
A machine-readable passport (MRP) is a travel document that is required for citizens of the countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program in order to enter the U.S. In such documents, the identity page is recorded in an optical character recognition format Such passports carry biographical data in two lines of encoded type that allow customs and border patrol officers to quickly identify the card holder by using an electronic reader. MRPs include information such as: the person’s name, gender, date and place of birth, passport number, and dates of issue and expiration. Additionally, MRPs follow the standards established by the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization for pass¬port size, photo requirements, and data field organization.