Do you want to know the ‘Place of Issue’ of your passport? Here you can learn, where the US, UK, Australia, Canada & Other country passports were issued.
How do I know where my passport was issued?
If you are applying for a visa, there might be a field asking you to enter the passport’s place of issue. You might wonder, ‘where to find the place of issue on the passport?’ But if you look at the front page of the passport, it will be present below the ‘Authority/Autorité‘. The ‘Place of Issue’, ‘Authority’ and ‘Passport issued by’ are all seem to convene different meaning but all of them are the same and used interchangeably.
How to find ‘place of issue’ on US passport?
In the above specimen, you can see ‘United States Department of State‘ under the ‘Authority‘ in the lower right corner. This is the ‘place of issue’ for the US passport holders. [Please Note: Not all US passports have the ‘United States Department of State’ under the ‘Authority’. Some might have ‘National Passport Center‘ or the name of the office which issued the passport such as ‘DC‘, ‘Miami‘, ‘New Orleans‘ etc.
So, you have to just type what is given under ‘Authority‘ on your US passport as the ‘place of issue’ on your visa application form. The ‘Place of issue’ is not mentioned on many of the passports issued nowadays, in this case you can simply mention ‘USA’.
If there is no place of issue/’Authority‘ in your passport, then just type the name of your country which is ‘United States’
How to find ‘place of issue’ on UK passport?
If you are from the UK and have a valid passport, then navigate to the front page. You can see the Authority/Autorité. If you have ‘IPS’ under the Authority/Autorité on your UK passport, then type the passport place of issue as ‘IPS‘. If you have something else then just mention it. Not all UK passports mention ‘IPS’ as the Authority. You might also see “UKPA“, “FCO” or similar names under the Authority. The British passports issued by the British Overseas Territories will always have a different ‘Place of Issue’. Example: The CSRO GIBRALTAR is the place of issue for the passports issued from Gibraltar. You can just mention whatever the passport says and this is not an issue. Your visa application will be approved. The IPS stands for Identity and Passport Service and UKPA stands for UK Passport Agency. The UKPA is found on older ones and the IPS is found on the newer ones. You don’t have to write the expansion; the short form is enough.
What is the ‘place of issue’ on a Canadian passport?
It is Berlin (or) Gatineau (or) Gatineau (or) London (UK) (or) Los Angeles (or) Montréal (or) Vancouver (or) Victoria (or) Mississauga (or) Scarborough (or) some other. Just look under ‘Issuing authority’ on your passport.
The issuing authorities for mail-in passport applications are as follows:
- GATINEAU: Handles applications from Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and the USA.
- HALIFAX: Manages applications from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick.
- MISSISSAUGA: Processes applications from British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon.
For Passport Canada offices, the issuing authority corresponds to the city where the Passport Canada office is situated.
For non-Passport Canada offices (Service Canada), the issuing authority doesn’t follow a fixed rule and may depend on a combination of factors, including the application’s mailing address and proximity to the nearest central office.
What is the ‘place of issue’ on an Australian passport?
The above is a sample of the Australian passport front page. You can see the ‘issuing authority’ which is Australia. You have to mention ‘Australia’ as the place where your passport issued. If you have something else other than ‘Australia’ under the ‘Authority’ field then type the same in your visa application.
How to know the place of issue of my New Zealand passport?
From the given above image, you can see the place where the passport was issued. Just type it on your visa form. You can also check other required details for your visa form on the first page of your passport.
How to know the ‘place of issue’ for other country passports?
It is usually under the field ‘authority’ on the front page of your passport. You can also find other important details such as the ‘date of issue of the passport’, ‘passport number’, ‘passport expiry date’. If there is no ‘authority’ field on the front page of your passport, then just type the ‘name of your country’ as the place of issue/issuing authority. If you have any more doubts, then please let us know below.