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Does a US passport number change upon renewal?
February 7, 2010 3:04 PM   Subscribe

Will a renewed U.S. passport have the same ID number as the original?

My passport just expired and I've sent it in to have it renewed. In the meantime, I need to fill out some paperwork which requires my passport number. Will the renewed passport have the same number (ID) as the original?
posted by tomwheeler to Travel & Transportation (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
no.

I had to get a new one a couple of months ago and it is different than my old.
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 3:08 PM on February 7, 2010


No, says my experience last week.

This was in the middle of applying for a visa, and neither the consulate (French) nor my employer nor the company helping arrange the visa gave me a hard time for the numbers not matching. Maybe that will help you in your paperwork anxieties, if yours are similar.
posted by whatzit at 3:41 PM on February 7, 2010


I don't know of any country that assigns the same ID to a renewed passport. Most of the time, the ID is already preprinted in the blank passport.
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:47 PM on February 7, 2010


Thanks for the quick answers, even if it's not what I'd hoped for.
posted by tomwheeler at 3:53 PM on February 7, 2010


On the plus side, they send you back your original passport with a punch through it, so if you still need that one since you used the number on it, you can just carry that one with you, too. I ran into this problem trying to get World Cup tickets, and I plan on just bringing my old passport along with me when I show up at the box office in South Africa.
posted by i less than three nsima at 5:12 PM on February 7, 2010


Definitely not.

The whole point of a passport number is to uniquely identify that particular passport. If a passport is reported as lost/stolen, its number is recorded as invalid. If you try to use an invalid passport, a screen will flash red somewhere and big burly men will be sent to taser you.
posted by randomstriker at 9:54 PM on February 7, 2010


nope.
posted by mateuslee at 5:23 AM on February 8, 2010


I don't know of any country that assigns the same ID to a renewed passport. Most of the time, the ID is already preprinted in the blank passport.
Singapore's machine-readable passports used to retain the same ID even on renewal; it'd be the NRIC number, a sort of unique identifier within Singapore. However, that has changed with the introduction of biometric passports, mostly a result of trying to comply with the US Visa Waiver Program.
posted by the cydonian at 2:31 AM on February 11, 2010


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