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Passports and other origin documents

Production, durability and anti-counterfeiting are subject to constant change. Fogra has been monitoring these developments since 1992 and the world's only accredited test laboratory for all tests on identity documents really does test everything: from security elements and materials to the electronics used and the underlying concepts.

Your benefit

We assist you in guaranteeing the reliability and functional safety of your passports and documents of origin for their entire life cycle. In this process, together we create trust in your products – worldwide.

Thanks to our quality and standards competence, you do not have to invest time in extensive standards research and their implementation. We are always up to date and can also make statements for future generations of standards.

We will answer any questions you may have in the field of passport and origin documents and will be happy to advise you. For us it is self-evident: We are absolutely trustworthy. You can rely on us!

With us you receive support for

  • the preparation of tender documents,

  • proof of the tender requirements from an independent organisation,

  • the confirmation of conformity to standards,

  • the replacement of individual components without loss of quality,

  • Cost reduction with the same quality,

  • the analysis of error scenarios,

  • the interpretation of testing standards,

  • the service life analysis.

We provide all tests required by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Standard Organization (ISO).

Alexander Schiller

Security Applications

+49 89 431 82 - 353

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Your contact

I would be pleased to advise you on the testing of passports and other documents of origin and inform you about the latest developments in the standardisation of these documents.

What you need to do

We make it as easy as possible for you! Send us your samples without obligation. We will coordinate the further procedure with you by telephone.

For the ICAO conformity test we need from you

  • Samples that correspond as closely as possible in their layout and structure to the final products that will be issued later,

  • a detailed description of the security elements to be tested.

Visually and electronically, passports must be equipped with pattern personalisation. Ideally, you should send us a list of the "machine readable zone" (MRZ) electronically.

For the analysis of defective passports we need from you

  • both the defective and new, error-free passports,

  • a sample and error description as detailed as possible.

  • For an encrypted communication please send us your PGP key.

Please send the samples carefully packed, by express service and according to your safety requirements to:

Fogra Forschungsinstitut für Medientechnologien e.V.
Department Security Applications
Einsteinring 1a
85609 Aschheim b. München

ICAO conformity test

Our procedure

After receiving the order and samples at Fogra, you will get an order confirmation, which contains all information about the test period, contact person and price.

All laboratory tests are carried out according to standardised test specifications and our high quality standards. Finally, we regularly pass audits and have our quality management system certified. After completion of the examination, we summarise the results in a report. If deviations from standards or functional failures occur during the test, we will contact you immediately and provide you with advice.

Fogra employee is testing identity cards on security applications

Our offer

Depending on the amount of work involved, travel document verification typically costs between 160.00 EUR and 7,400.00 EUR.

Ask for our price list for passport tests. I would also be pleased to provide you a non-binding offer:

Request a quote

Our recommendations

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Individual training in security products

On request

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Scanning Electron Microscopy

with X-ray fluorescence analysis

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Lightfastness determination

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