The biometric data included on the Malaysian passport is a digital photograph of the bearer's face, and images of their two thumbprints.Malaysian immigration checkpoints were the only ones with the technology to read and authenticate the data from the RFID chip using a fingerprint scanner and facial recognition technology, but widespread adoption of e Passport technology around the world has seen the technology installed in international airports in the US, the UK and other countries.Previously, a 50-page ICAO e-passport valid for two years was available for RM100.On 15 January 2015, the two-year passport option was scrapped in conjunction with the announcement that reduced the normal five-year passport issuance fee from RM300 to RM200.
There are three types of Malaysian passports: The regular international passport is the ordinary passport issued to Malaysian citizens for international travel.
The information is laser engraved into the polycarbonate sheet for added security, including a hologram mini-photo of the passport bearer.
With this the passport now holds 50 pages instead of 48 pages. A 50-page ICAO e-passport valid for five years costs RM200.
The main legislation governing the production of passports and travel documents, their possession by persons entering and leaving Malaysia, and related matters is the Passport Act 1966.
Processing of Malaysian passport applications and renewals is very rapid, with new passports usually issued one hour after payment for normal cases.
In addition to biometric data and the personal information stored on the information page, the chip also records the bearer's travel history of the last ten entry and exits at Malaysia border control points.