Parliament's government administration committee is recommending the Government review the validity period of passports, following the petition of Australian-based New Zealander Kyle Lockwood, who is leading a campaign to have 10-year passports reinstated.
New Zealand switched to five-year passports in 2005.
Prime Minister John Key hasn't ruled out reverting back to 10-year passports and sees how Kiwis could be frustrated with the current regime.
He says it was changed under the belief other countries would do the same because of security risks following 9/11.
If the validity of the passports changed it would be important they are protected with greater security features because the New Zealand passport is desirable to have, he says.
In its report, the select committee says it's not convinced the reduction in detected fraudulent passports is a result of the shorter validity period.
"It seems more likely to us that the introduction of biometric passports has lessened fraud and counterfeiting.
"The international standard among countries such as Australia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, who use similar biometric passports, is 10 years."
New security features have prompted other countries like China, Canada and the Netherlands to reintroduce 10-year passports.
Labour's Trevor Mallard is optimistic the Government will back the recommendation.
"The biometric measures are a good protection and we decided there are lots of people who use their passports a lot and don't want to renew them every five years," he told reporters.
A law change would be required to make the change.
Labour has already indicated it would move back to 10-year passports if elected to government.