Pin prick numbers in passport
Thread poster: Jessica Noyes

Jessica Noyes  Identity Verified
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May 9

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but here goes. I am translating a passport that has the number punched into the paper in little pin pricks. Is there a word for this? I use other descriptive terms like [Paper stamp: 12345] or [Round seal: City clerk] or [Handwritten: 12345]. I would like to accurately describe these numbers.

 

Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
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Perforated printing May 9

This is, of course, a wild guess.

 

Mair A-W (PhD)
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perforated May 9

Kevin Fulton wrote:

This is, of course, a wild guess.


(laser) perforated number is indeed what HMG calls it. E.g. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/118771/basic-passport-checks.pdf "The holes of the laser perforated number are larger at the front of the book and reduce in size to the back. ", "A check symbol is included within the laser perforated pass
port number.", etc.


Nikki Scott-Despaigne
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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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laser-perforated number May 9

Source for this suggestion: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/741261/Basic_passport_checks_1988_-2016_09.18.pdf

Gemalto SA also does this type of work.

P.S. I think this could (should) have been posted as a
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Source for this suggestion: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/741261/Basic_passport_checks_1988_-2016_09.18.pdf

Gemalto SA also does this type of work.

P.S. I think this could (should) have been posted as a KudoZ question.

EDIT: Sorry Kevin. By the time I got back, your post had been added.


[Edited at 2019-05-09 13:40 GMT]
EDIT 2: Sorry Mair. I've got my brain on backwards today!

[Edited at 2019-05-09 23:05 GMT]
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Jessica Noyes  Identity Verified
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Thank you May 9

Thank you for your help with this; "laser-perforated" looks great to me. I just couldn't figure out how to post it as a Kudoz question. In a way, these descriptions are part of the conventions of our craft, which is why it ended up in this forum.

 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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For a future similar query May 9

Jessica Noyes wrote:
I just couldn't figure out how to post it as a Kudoz question

This would be a question for the English monolingual "pair" and the term asked would be fine as "pin prick number" with the context you gave in your first post.


Jessica Noyes
 

Teresa Borges
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@Jessica May 9

Even if this regulation regards exclusively EU passports, it might be useful: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex:32004R2252

 


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