Does my UK passport tell me how many people share my name?
June 19, 2014 4:50 AM Subscribe
The machine-readable code at the bottom of the id page of a UK passport (starting P<GBR) contains a name on one line, and on the second line a long string of numbers, lots of chevrons and then a two-digit number. My mum claims that this two-digit number indicates the number of people with the same name as me already registered as having a passport. This seems unlikely, but is there any truth in it?
posted by AFII to Grab Bag (7 answers total)
My number decreased between passports and she said this was because one of the other 'me' either died or didn't renew their passport. I don't buy this as an explanation at all, but I just renewed for a third time and have the same number as before, and it made me wonder; she says she heard it from a third party so I can't check the origin of the myth, but would be interested if you'd heard it too/heard a different myth about the numbers.