The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) has announced new measures that have been implemented in a bid to clampdown on identity theft.
The agency says it has been taking steps to safeguard the integrity of the Jamaican passport from tampering and fraud.
Its Facial Recognition System was introduced two years ago.
Persons applying for a passport on behalf of another individual will now be required take along a certified authorization letter. It must be signed by the individual.
Formerly, an individual could submit an application for another person without presenting an ID or a letter of authorization from the applicant.
In addition, PICA is reminding persons that pet names and other unofficial titles are not acceptable when applying for a passport. Only names that are recorded on a person's birth certificate, adoption certificate, certificate of citizenship or deed poll will be accepted by PICA.
According to PICA, the system has been effective in detecting persons who attempt to obtain a passport fraudulently.
- Countries: Jamaica