Hello asked in TravelAsia PacificKorea · 2 months ago

Is "Republic of Korea" or "Korea" written on US Passports?

Old US passport wrote “Republic of Korea” but the renewed US passport received wrote “Korea.”

Did the passport people make a mistake? Can the Place of Birth be changed to "Republic of Korea" (South Korea) instead of just “Korea"?

Is there a new law now that does not differentiate North vs South on US passports?

Thank you for your time and help.

1 Answer

  • Andrew
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Newer US passports simply use "Korea" for the birth-place of US nationals or permanent residents who were born in the ROK. Why did they make the change from using "Republic of Korea"? I couldn't tell you, but probably because "Republic of Korea" and "Korea" are basically synonymous to people in the English-speaking world. When referring to North Korea most people would just say "North Korea" and a few might use something like "the DPRK." I highly doubt that there are many people who hold a US passport who were born in North Korea, but it's likely that the US government would use "the DPRK" to distinguish the country from Korea. 

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