I have a Pakistani passport. I want to know whether signature on passport should be same as on Identity card or it can be different?

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Nobody bothers (you) about that. When you go abroad and present your passport, they don't ask you to also present your national identity card to cross match the signatures.

Many countries don't even have a separate national ID card.

Unless someday they start doubting your identity. On such a day this can become a headache. At that point, everything must line up (not necessarily match up still). As long as its a legitimate case you will be good.

Keep your ID card well protected and away from the passport when you are going abroad, You don't want to lose both things together someday. You do not have to present your national ID card to immigration officers if you are presenting a valid passport, unless specifically requested. There is no compulsion to even carry it, except for a rainy day.

  • While this may or may not be correct, is this really such good advice? This seems like exactly the kind of thing that will make officials suspicious if they do find it out, a signature is by its very definition a mark that you make similarly enough every time you make it that it's possible to use it to identify you as being who you claim to be.
    – Cronax
    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:12
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    I know a number of people who are unable to make two identical signatures. This seems pretty common to me. Issues arise when bank gets a check from you with a signature different than the specimen you provided them. Jun 27, 2018 at 8:15
  • @Cronax, while its good that they both match up but in most cases they do not ask for a national identity card and do not try to match up your signatures. If you have the wrong signatures on your passport they don't have a way to verify that against your national ID card. You don't even have to carry your national ID card when you are carrying a valid passport. Jun 27, 2018 at 8:16
  • There are several countries where a national ID card is a light version of a passport, which leads to the situation that people have either none or one of the two (e.g. the Netherlands).
    – Bas Jansen
    Jun 27, 2018 at 9:54
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    I live in a country with a byzantine banking system that still heavily relies on signatures. I'm unable to have a stable signature and I always, always have to try a few times before the teller accepts it. Why, oh why, a signature is considered valid authentication in the third millennium?
    – magma
    Jun 27, 2018 at 13:54

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