HID® Digital Travel Credentials

Digital travel credentials will enhance the travel experience for passengers in the future
Man holding cell phone with an airplane in the background, conveying digital travel credentials

Will Passports Become Digital?

Digital travel credentials (DTC), in the near future, will exist alongside ePassports to transform the passenger’s journey from home all the way to their destination. The creation of the DTC will allow sharing of personal travel data in advance of the journey, enabling better security checks and the use of biometrics to support seamless flow of passengers through airports, ports and other travel hubs. The DTC will be fully interoperable under the standards set out by ICAO and deliver security level equivalent or better than the ePassport.

How Can HID Help?

HID delivers the software to allow any issuing authority to prepare, issue, manage and verify digital travel credentials. Our proven mobile technology ensures that the data is fully encrypted, using any ICAO compliant PKI system and delivered securely to the individual without compromising the central source of records or the privacy of the user. The technology enables:

  • Full customization of the user experience
  • Delivery into any eWallet, either native or issuer-specific
  • Support for any of the three DTC types
  • Digital onboarding
  • Multiple credentials in a single wallet, e.g., children or other family members

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The specifications for the digital travel credential are based on the existing standard, ICAO Doc 9303, with three types of DTC allowed, each consisting of two parts — a physical component and a virtual component. Our technology meets and exceeds these requirements, by:

  • Being compatible with most current smartphone models
  • Supporting both Android and iOS operating systems
  • Allowing data transfer by NFC, Bluetooth® Low Energy or over the internet
  • Enabling purpose-specific engagement to protect the privacy of the user
  • Complying with other international standards, e.g., ISO/IEC 23220 and ISO/IEC 18013