I understand that if a person travels internationally for a while, in due course of time, the passport would be filled. In which case he would need to apply to the passport office to get a second and so on and so forth. What is written on the second passport (or whatever number the passport it is.)

The easiest similie to give in this place would be say like a bank passbook, where once its filled, on the second pass-book it will just carry forward your last credit/debit balance and start from there. Does anybody how it works with passports ?

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    What do you mean exactly? A passport isn't like a bank passbook (nor are passbooks really used anymore in many countries, but I digress). They just issue you a new passport (some countries can add more pages before it gets to that stage) and you start using it. A passport isn't meant to be some kind of unbroken travel record; people get new passports for all sorts of reasons: the old one expired, the old one was lost/stolen, they gained a new citizenship, the owner changed their name, etc... – Zach Lipton May 19 '16 at 1:08
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    I'll add that it is generally not a "second passport" but simply a new passport. Most countries that I am familiar with only allow people to hold one passport from that country at a time except under certain special circumstances (e.g. holders of both a standard and an official/diplomatic passport, people who frequently need to travel and apply for visas may be allowed to have two since their passport is unavailable while visa applications are processed, people visiting countries that will refuse entry if there are certain foreign stamps in their passport). – Zach Lipton May 19 '16 at 1:23
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    Many countries do issue second passports... but not if the first one is filled (in which case you simply replace it, like you would do when it expires). You get a second passport if you travel a lot and might need to leave your passport with a consulate for visa processing while travelling on the other one or have to go to countries that don't like each other's stamps (say Israel and Lebanon). – Relaxed May 19 '16 at 6:28
  • @Relaxed Do you know whether these second passports include any special notation to indicate that they bearer holds another valid passport? – phoog May 19 '16 at 6:49
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    @phoog German second passports are valid for only six years compared to the usual ten years. It's obvious if you know that which decreases its usefulness a bit. – neo May 19 '16 at 7:59

When your passport is filled, you get a new one, new number and the old one is cancelled. They do not "continue".

If you have long term visas in your old passport, you can bring the old passport as well as the new one when you travel to those destinations.

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