ICAO certification testing laboratory

e-passports physical characteristics testing

As identity protection becomes ever more important in our digital world, authorities face the challenge of ID verification.

ICAO testing laboratory

Air traveler volumes are set to rise from 5 billion today to 7 billion by 2030. This presents border authorities around the world another challenge of guaranteeing fast traveler flow in and out of their countries while ensuring the highest border security.

e-passports bring :

  • easier border checking, with automatic boarders controls, with highest border security,
  • higher security level, while important information is printed and written inside chip.

e-passports help to :

  • securely identify the traveler,
  • provide protection against identity theft, as it is difficult to alter or duplicate the document.

The electronic chip embedded in the e-passport contains biographic and biometric data. This data can be compared with printed information and the traveler.

By expansion of its expertise, ELITT is deeply involved in this travel document testing.

ELITT performs durability tests on e-passports, in accordance with ISO 18745 (previously ICAO Technical Report).

For that, ELITT owns several high-performance tests benches, designed in accordance with ISO 18745 requirements.

ISO 18745 compliant e-passports facilitate interoperability at border controls from multiple countries.

You will find more details on all ISO norms on the page dedicated to ELITT's ISO testing laboratory.

ICAO certification: Doc 9303 Compliance


List of supported tests

Elitt supports all tests based on ICAO Technical Report v3.2 / ISO/IEC 18745-1 (2014) Information technology -- Test methods for machine readable travel documents (MRTD) and associated devices -- Part 1: Physical test methods for passport books (durability)
  • Thermal Cycling
  • Storage Temperature Stress
  • Operational Temperature Stress
  • Impact Stress
  • Book Bend Stress   (Back Pocket)
  • Dynamic Bend Stress 
  • Torsion Stress 
  • Sheet Turning Stress 
  • Sheet Pull Stress 
  • Delamination
  • Abrasion Stress 
  • Pen Stress 
  • Resistance to chemicals Evaluation 
  • Artificial Daylight Exposure Stress 
  • X-Ray Stress
Controls done before and after tests
  • Functional PIC evaluation
  • Physical Damage Evaluation ( Delamination, Colour Fastness , Peel Strength, Datapage Warpage,Book Warpage, Sheet Binding)

Elitt supports as well e-passports tests based on ISO/IEC 18745-2 (2016) Information technology — Test methods for machine readable travel documents (MRTD) and associated devices — Part 2: Test methods for the contactless interface