It’s not uncommon in books and films to hear of a character being described in his or her passport as having a particular occupation, or of being 5’9" with green eyes, or whatever. Similarly, when clearing out my grandmother’s house I came across my grandfather’s old passport, which listed his occupation, hair colour, eye colour and complexion and “distinguishing marks” (none in his case, sadly).
So why are these things no longer listed (on British passports, at least - certainly since the EU-style passports were introduced in 1990 or so)? My passport merely gives my name, date and place of birth, and the fact that I am a British citizen. Not even my address. I suppose the introduction of colour photographs removes the need for hair colour to be listed, but you can’t generally identify eye colour from a passport photo. As for occupation, is it simply that people are less likely to have an “occupation for life”, or what?
Do other countries’ passports still list all this kind of information?