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Why would ex need ds passport number?

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howdoyouknowjenny Mon 04-Feb-13 20:38:22

Just had a text. No info just asking for the number?

elfycat Mon 04-Feb-13 21:12:15

If you are worried about him arranging things without you - can you 'lose' the passport around someone's house (mother, best friend) and then delay the whole getting a replacement thing, drag you heels, keep forgetting (well it's not important right now), can't find the number 'I'm sure I wrote it somewhere sensible but...'

AnyFucker Mon 04-Feb-13 21:14:13

You don't need a child passport number to do anything less than confirm a flight or replace an existing passport

It's "too much hassle" to ask why your ex needs it ?

I think you should make an effort and find out what he is up to

AdoraBell Mon 04-Feb-13 21:17:01

I've never been asked for a passport number to open an account. I would be suspicious tbh. Do what elfycat suggested.

Granitetopping Mon 04-Feb-13 21:28:22

Text him the passport number. Just swap a few numbers!

AnyFucker Mon 04-Feb-13 21:39:01

I wouldn't play games.

I would tell him outright that until he tells you the truth about why he needs the passport number, i would not be giving it up

I would also be giving that passport to a trusted friend for safekeeping

nancerama Mon 04-Feb-13 21:42:32

DS is 20 months and has 2 bank accounts, but has never owned a passport.

pearlgirl Mon 04-Feb-13 21:46:22

I went to open an account for ds4 and was told the passport wasn't enough and that I had to bring his birth certificate.

hiddenhome Mon 04-Feb-13 21:46:55

I would say that he intends to apply for a passport which he would be entitled to do if he has PR. Does your ex originate from another country by any chance? You should really consult a solicitor for some advice.

IneedAsockamnesty Mon 04-Feb-13 21:47:03

The only time I have ever been asked for a passport number was when my ex wanted to take our child to live in a different country without telling me.

I didnt give him it.

ballstoit Mon 04-Feb-13 21:50:26

My DC all had savings accounts before they had passports...I'd be ringing passport office first thing tomorrow to ask for a marker to be put on DS's passport that you wish to be informed if anyone reports it lost or stolen or applies for a replacement.

Even with PR, your ex would need permission to remove DS from the country and vice versa.

wigglesrock Mon 04-Feb-13 21:51:27

I have opened bank accounts for my children including fairly recently and have needed the birth certificate and a utility bill proving our address never a passport number and my kids actually have passports from very young.

Pilgit Mon 04-Feb-13 21:52:37

You don't need a passport to open a bank account. My DD has two bank accounts, is nearly 4 and doesn't have a passport. This is highly suspicious.

FannyBazaar Mon 04-Feb-13 21:53:34

Is your ex foreign? I needed my DS's British passport to open his building society account and my passport and letter from home office confirming my immigration status and then they still wanted ex's passport and signature. I was able to close it without ex and they did let me open a new account, despite being foreign because I had apparently proved I was a reliable customer.

Not sure what the passport number on its own would prove though. I'm sure the bank can not check this as proof of identity. It may be asked on a form but as not everyone has a passport, leaving it blank should be fine.

Do you have any reason to suspect he might be up to no good or is it just that it's an odd request?

EnjoyResponsibly Mon 04-Feb-13 23:16:29

The FSA requires a copy of a passport to open an account, a number isn't sufficient.

He's fibbing.

bigmouthlala Mon 04-Feb-13 23:26:21

Could he be trying to claim some sort of family benefit - like tax credits?

Either way I would NOT be giving it to him.

ThreadPirateFanjoBeard Mon 04-Feb-13 23:52:50

You don't need a passport no. to claim benefits. I would defo have a flag out on DS's passport. I'd also suggest a chat with a solicitor specialising in family law.

deleted203 Tue 05-Feb-13 00:07:25

I would agree with all the posters who say the only reason he would need this is to book a flight or apply for new passport. It would be raising huge red flags for me. Contact the passport office and say you fear Ex is applying for a replacement passport to take your child out of the country and have a block put on it. He doesn't need a passport to open a savings account. Many children (mine included) don't have a passport - but they still have a savings account.

quoteunquote Tue 05-Feb-13 00:13:27


what sowornout said.

CoolaSchmoola Tue 05-Feb-13 00:37:56

What sowornout said.

If he has asked for the number it's because he is planning to take your child out of the country at some point. If he has told you it's for a bank account then he is not being truthful, which implies he intends to take your child without either your knowledge or permission - or both.

This isn't the time to worry about it being "not worth the hassle" - this is the time where nothing is too much hassle to make sure your child is safe and cannot be taken out of the country.

FWIW my DD has had a passport since she was a week old. She also has a bank account and a building society account. Neither of them asked for her passport number. The only people who have EVER asked for it are Easyjet and Ryanair - who needed it when we flew backwards and forwards to Germany, where we lived when she was born.

NatashaBee Tue 05-Feb-13 00:38:09

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

freddiefrog Tue 05-Feb-13 00:42:40

I have 7 and 11 year olds and have opened various accounts for them over the years and never needed a passport or a passport number.

My youngest didn't even have a passport until she was 5

A birth certificate has always been acceptable

mrsbunnylove Tue 05-Feb-13 05:47:22

is he a foreign national or does he have family abroad? if so, you might have a problem. i'd look into getting some legal support.

fryingpantoface Tue 05-Feb-13 08:49:27

Sounds very dodgy

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Tue 05-Feb-13 08:56:02

My ds is 3 doesn't have a passport, but does have savings accounts etc I can't think of any reason why you'd need the numbers?

clam Tue 05-Feb-13 09:37:37

My parents were at the bank last week opening new accounts for my DCs. They said they either needed the actual passports (which I couldn't let them have as we're going away next week and need them - no time to get them back) or birth certificates.
Nothing about numbers.
OP, you really MUST face "the hassle" of checking this out. If you can't face confronting him, then do what others have suggested on here and contact the passport office itself and put a flag on them. Although he will presumably be cross when he discovers his plans thwarted when if he applies for new ones and is refused. Take steps to protect yourself from that when the time comes.

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