The design of PASMA's cards was updated in March 2013. Older PASMA cards will remain usable until their expiry date, beyond which only the new cards will be proof of PASMA training.
A range of security features have been added to the new design, pictured below. After the picture is a summary of these features - although some have not been publicised in the interests of greater security.
Guilloche is a decorative engraving technique where a very precise intricate repetitive pattern or design is mechanically engraved into an underlying material with fine detail. This technique is commonly used on bank notes, currency or cards etc. to protect against forged copies.
UV ink is applied to the card and is invisible to the naked eye. It can only be seen when a UV light is applied to the card. This has been shown on this image for illustration purposes only and will not be visible on the issued cards.
This is a technique where the design has very fine lines printed on the card which if photocopied will not duplicate.
A hologram is embedded via hot-stamping foil, wherein an extremely thin layer of only a few microns of depth is bonded into the card using a hot-melt adhesive. This is very difficult to duplicate on a fraudulent card as the colours change as you move the card.
Please note: The old cards will still be valid until their expiry date as we will be phasing in the new cards over a period of time as the old cards expire. There is no requirement for new cards to be issued for existing card holders. All new cards issued from PASMA will be the new design from around the end of March.