How do I know if I have an e-passport?

Last Updated: 12 Jun 2023

All current New Zealand and most international passports are e-passports.

An e-passport (also known as a digital passport or biometric passport) has an embedded microchip that holds the details shown on your passport. It looks just like a traditional passport, except it should show the international biometric symbol:


An NFC scanner can read your e-passport’s chip. Most mobile phones now have this NFC technology built in. The ASB ID app uses that technology to make it easy to confirm your identity when opening an account, without having to come into a branch.

Which countries’ e-passports work with the ASB ID app?

If you do not have an e-passport then you are able to use a New Zealand driver licence.

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