New PASMA card
The new PASMA card will come into circulation at the end of March 2013 and includes some important new features.
Below are descriptions of some of the individual security features that are included. These have been included on the card to reduce the ability of unscrupulous companies to duplicate the card. This helps the customer be assured that they are using a correctly trained operative.
GUILLOCHE This 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 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.
HATCHED LINES This is a technique where the design has very fine lines printed on the card which if photocopied will not duplicate.
HOLOGRAPHIC IMAGE 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.
DRIZZLE INK An ink that changes colour when you move the card in the light. This is used over the photograph to prevent another photograph being placed on top.
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.
As an extra security measure, some other features of the new cards have not been outlined here.