Nobody likes having to keep track of important numbers, and we all have too many to remember: social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, bank account numbers and passport numbers.  We often get asked whether or not the passport number on a passport renewal will be the same as the passport number on the existing passport. Unfortunately, it won’t be – when you get a new passport, you get a new passport number to keep track of and you’ll need to update your records accordingly. If you book a flight but your passport is set to expire soon, your new passport will have a new passport number. You will want to make sure you update your airline ticket and flight itinerary to reflect your new passport number.

What is a passport number?

According to the Social Security Administration, a passport number is used to indicated which passport office the passport was issued in. By looking at a passport number, you can tell where it was issued and possibly where it was applied for. For example,  if your passport number starts with “01,” it was issued at the Washington Passport Agency. If it starts with “04”, it was issued in Miami, and so on. If it was issued at the National Passport Center in New Hampshire, it will start with a “15”,  “20” or “21,” depending on when it was issued. Passports that start with the number “60” were issued with no fee to military dependents. “80” is the prefix for “official” passports, while diplomatic passports always start with “90.”

If you had to get your passport replaced at an embassy or consulate overseas, your passport number will begin with the letter “Z” or the number “70.” Both indicate that the passport, if issued after 2002, was issued as an emergency passport and is only valid for a year.

Where is my passport number?

Your passport number can be found on the first page of your passport book along with your passport photo. Your passport information is not a high risk security concern, but you should still be careful who has access to this information. Additional vital information on the page will include your full name, date of birth, and gender.  Your passport number may also appear on your flight itinerary. If you are missing your passport number and cannot locate your passport, you may want to search old airline tickets as the may have logged your passport number. If you lose your passport, the lost passport application will ask for your old passport number. You don’t need to provide this information if you cannot find it, but it does help with the processing of your application. When you apply for a passport renewal or a replacement passport, you will get a new passport number.

Get a new passport number with your passport renewal.

To get your passport renewal, you should ideally apply for it at least 9 weeks in advance. Regular processing times average 6 weeks or longer, especially if the passport office is busy. If you spring for the government’s expedited processing, you’ll end up paying an additional $60 and still waiting 3 weeks or longer. For faster service, you can either make an appointment and wait in line at one of the  regional passport agency offices in the country, or you can engage the services of a passport expediting company like RushMyPassport. We deliver your application directly to the Department of State for processing in as little as 24 hours.

Let us help you rush your passport renewal today!