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How to Remove Pen Ink From a Passport

Updated April 17, 2017

Passports are very delicate. They can take a long time to obtain or replace, so they must be treated with care. Unfortunately, sometimes a mistake may be made in the process of signing your name. You might accidentally smudge it, or sign it illegibly. Thankfully it is possible to remove the ink and correct any mishaps with the help of a few household materials.

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  1. Get to the stain as soon as possible. Combine 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of water in a bowl. Mix them together with a whisk or fork until a paste-like consistency is achieved.

  2. Apply a small amount of the paste to the tip of a cloth or paper towel.

  3. Lightly apply the paste to the pen ink in a circular manner. Rub it in, as gently as possible. Using too much force could damage the passport.

  4. Allow the passport to dry for a minimum of 45 minutes.

  5. If the ink is still visible after the paste has dried, use a cotton ball to apply 1 drop of rubbing alcohol to the area. Leave the passport to dry completely before writing on it with ink again.

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Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cloth
  • Dish
  • Whisk or fork
  • Cotton ball

About the Author

Lucy Clarke has been a freelance writer since 2007, generating creative content for the publications of each college she has attended. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual art from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Fine Art in illustration and fashion design from the Ontario College of Art and Design and a creative writing diploma from George Brown College.

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