A Canadian bank account can be opened in the United States and Canada using an electronic signature.
But if the account holder is an American, Canadian or Australian citizen, it can only be opened through a passport that has been verified by an Australian, Canadian, American or Australian passport officer.
The American Passport Office of Australia and New Zealand said on Friday it would issue an electronic passport, as the current system is flawed.
“The Australian government is working to make this process more transparent and efficient,” it said.
Australian authorities have launched a review of the current process for issuing electronic passports.
ABC News understands a report in the Australian Financial Review suggests the American Passports Office of the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada could be among the nations that have already completed this review.
Australia’s Passport Bureau said on Thursday it would review the Australian process for creating an electronic Australian passport and provide advice to the government on how to improve the current passport system.
What is an electronic document?
The digital passport can be used by anyone, but can only have a digital signature.