Having been dead for millennia, King Ramesses II was known to the Egyptians as Userma’atre’setepenre, which means “Keeper of Balance and Harmony, Strong in Right, Elect of Ra.” He ruled Egypt for over 60 years and lived to be ninety-six years old, with over 200 wives and mistresses, ninety-six sons and sixty daughters, which most of whom he outlived. 3000 years later, Ramesses II became the only mummy to obtain a passport issued by a current government.
In 1974, a passport was issued for the mummy of Ramses II. His mummy was scheduled for a museum exhibition in France, however, modern laws wouldn’t allow for international transport of human remains without proper identification, thus the passport was obtained. According to Egyptian laws, even the deceased are required to have the proper documents before they are allowed to leave the country.
In addition to the photo taken of the pharaoh’s face, the passport also notes the occupation of the Egyptian pharaoh as “King (deceased)”. The mummy of Ramesses II actually departed Egypt in 1976, where upon arrival at the Paris–Le Bourget Airport in France, it was met with full military honors cordial to a king.