I applied for the U.S. passport, and they put my first name and middle name together WITHOUT any delimiter. I was expecting to see FIRSTNAME SPACE MIDDLENAME. However, it shows as FIRSTNAMEMIDDLENAME no spaces. Is this OK? Or is this an error? Here is the image. I replaced actual name: I was hoping to see “JOHN DAVID”, but got “JOHNDAVID”

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    I assume the machine readable zone also has no space (i.e not: JOHN<DAVID). This will only cause you problems and should be replaced as faulty. Commented Oct 7, 2021 at 1:23

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Although spaces are frequently removed between the first name and any middle names in many travel documents, a passport isn't somewhere that this should be done. Your first and middle name(s) should be separated with a space.

The first line of the "Machine Readable Area" (the two-line block of text at the bottom of the biographical page) should also show a break between these names - although there it should be a < character. The first line should be :


The good news is that there is a simple and free process to get this corrected. The process is described on the US State Departments website - just select the "Correct a Data or Printing Error" and follow the instructions provided.

  • Of course, that simple and free process involves surrendering your passport for upwards of three months.
    – Sneftel
    Commented Oct 11, 2021 at 17:10

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