Consular Services

October 12, 2021

When renewing a passport, the previous passport number cannot be retained for the new one.

Because international standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) strongly recommend that a unique document number be used for each passport to maintain the authenticity and reliability of the document. Japan complies with this recommendation as a matter of course.

[Reference] ICAO international standards (Doc 9303, Part 2)
A.5.2.3 Numbering
It is strongly recommended that the unique document number be used as passport number.

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