As of June 2017, all new passports are biometric.
When applying for a passport your fingerprints are scanned. If you do not wish them to be saved to the biometric database you can opt out by not giving your consent, but your passport will only be valid for 5 years instead of 10.
Child passports are valid for 5 years in all cases.
If you choose to give your consent, you must sign the appropriate consent form at the authority office when making the application:
- For adults (over 18) - Adult consent form –mr/38A.
- For children over 16, both the child and parent or legal guardian must sign the consent form – Minors over 16 and legal guardian consent form mr/39A.
- For persons who have been appointed a legal guardian (including parent/s included in the guardianship order), the legal guardian must sign the consent form and the person making the application must sign insofar as they understand and are capable to sign on their own behalf – Minors over 16/legal guardian consent form mr/39.
- See the Procedure for handling the receipt, issuance, operation and delivery of a smart biometric documents for full details (Hebrew).