Where Is Document Number On Passport?

The document number on your passport is an important piece of information; you want to be sure about it because quoting the wrong number could cause all kinds of problems. Besides, this important personal detail should only be used on high level documentation, such as that from a trusted organization. Preferably, even then, it should be for travel related matters, such as making group travel arrangements or bookings.

If you already have such an important form in from of you, and need the number to fill it; then read below to find the answer.

Where Is Document Number On Passport?

Your document number on your passport is located on the top right hand corner of the information page on your passport. The information page is where you have your picture (on the left), and your name, date of birth, as well as the date of issuance of the passport.

The document number on your passport is the same as your passport number. It is usually an 8-9 digit number, it varies from passport to passport, but it appears that most passports have 9 digits.

The most important thing is that you find it at the top right hand corner of your passport information page. It stands apart, and is quite boldly written. Above it, in smaller print, you find the words; “Passport No./No. da Passport/No. de Passport.”

Document Number on A Passport Card

The passport card is a relatively new document, and so there are still more questions about it than answers. This is a small card, about the size of a credit card, that can be used as a means of identification, but also to facilitate travel; especially to the US, and territories.

Like the passport booklet, it also has a Passport Card Number, which in this case would serve as the Document Number. On the Passport Card, the document number is usually an 8 or 9 digit number, and is preceded by an alphabet.

While most people have either a Passport Booklet or a Passport Card, it is possible to have both at the same time. It is important to note that the Passport Booklet, and the Passport Card will have different numbers. This is because while they may belong to the same person, they are different documents, and are issued for slightly different reasons.

Please note that you cannot use both at the same time, and for the same purpose. If you are filling a form which requires you to provide a document number from your passport, please ensure that you are going to present exactly the same document from which you have taken the document number.

Alternative Document Numbers

In most cases, people are asked to provide their passport document numbers as a way of identifying themselves. If for any reason it is not available (it could be lost, it could be damaged, it could have expired, or perhaps you have never even bothered to get one); there are other equally important documents which could serve instead of the Passport Document Number.

In such a case, one could use any of the following:

Birth Certificate

The birth certificate is one of the highest forms of identification in the country; it is issued at birth, and is preserved for life. It proves a person’s identity, and also proves a person’s nationality, as well as proves a person’s country of birth. It has been used to boost the eligibility of candidacy of politicians. The document number is usually at the top right hand corner.

Driver’s License

This is issued by the state; after a person has reached a certain age, and passed certain tests proving proficiency of driving a motor vehicle. The document number on this document is the 8 -10 number found either on the front top side of the document or at the back.

State Issued ID Cards

The state ID cards are quite common, they serve mostly for the purposes of identification. The document number is located at the front, near the top of the document.

Social Security Card

The Social Security number is one of the most important pieces of information that every American has. The number comes from the card, and the card is issued to Citizens, permanent residents, and temporary (working) residents. It is a 9 digit number, and must be protected.

Guard Your Personal Information

As mentioned in the introductory paragraphs; it is very important to ensure that you are giving your passport document number, or any of your vital information to a trusted organization. This is because failure to protect your personal information could result in any of the following dangerous scenarios:

Identity Theft

Criminals have been known to assume the identity of innocent persons, and then commit heinous crimes in their names. One of the things a criminal could is take out a loan from a lender, which the innocent person could be forced to repay.

Criminals can also use the information from a person’s ID to make withdrawals or transfers from a person’s bank account, or to make purchases online.

Criminals can also make fake copies of passport booklets, and then use said fake passports to travel to other countries, then living under that name, and carrying out all sorts of criminal acts.



In the true sense of the word, the US does not have a particular ID card from which Document Numbers must be obtained. Therefore, there are several documents that can serve the purpose of identifying a US citizen.

However, if the particular document number required is from a Passport, then one has to look at the top right hand corner of the passport to find the passport number, which is the document number.

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