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How to replace a lost or stolen passport

Whether you’re on holiday or back home in the UK, losing your passport can be a true traveller’s nightmare. But our guide to replacing a lost passport will help you do everything you need to reclaim your identity and get on your way again.

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Report a lost or stolen passport

If your passport is lost or stolen, either in the UK or abroad, you should report it as soon as possible here then you can apply for a replacement.

What if I lose my passport abroad?

If you need to travel urgently or within six weeks you can apply for an emergency travel document. If you do not need to travel urgently or within six weeks then you can apply for a passport from overseas.

What if my passport is stolen?

Stolen passports should also be reported to the police. You can report a stolen passport by telephoning 101 in the UK. Stolen passports abroad should also be reported to the local police and ask for a written police report. You may need to provide this to the British Embassy when applying for a new passport or to your travel insurer if you wish to claim for the expense involved in changing your travel plans.

It's easy to get your passport application or renewal right first time.

How to replace a lost or stolen passport in the UK?

If you don’t plan to travel for at least four weeks, you can pick up an application form. You can also get your application checked to make sure it's right first time, without having to send further applications. It takes an average of three weeks to get your passport using this standard service, but it can take six weeks or longer during the peak summer months, so give yourself plenty of time before you plan to travel.

What if I need my passport sooner?

If you have an overseas trip booked that’s shorter than a month away, you’ll need to use the Fast Track service. This involves attending an appointment at a Passport Office (you can choose between Belfast, Durham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Newport or Peterborough), where you’ll need to hand in:

  • A completed application form
  • Two valid passport photos
  • Any supporting documents.

You’re guaranteed to receive your new passport in seven days but these appointments get booked up quickly – especially in peak season – so book one as soon as possible.

Can I use the one-day Premium Service?

Unfortunately, while a simple renewal can be done in a day, a lost passport cannot be replaced using the Passport Office’s one-day Premium Service. There are a couple of exceptions, but only in extreme circumstances such as a medical emergency or if you have suffered a bereavement. If this is the case, you’ll need to contact the Passport Office directly.

Want to get your new passport application or renewal right first time?

Other identity products

  • Travel Money

    Order foreign currency online or in selected branches. Pick up in any branch or get it delivered to your home.

  • Travel Insurance

    Protect your trip with cover for cancellation, curtialment, emergency medical costs and more.

  • International Driving Permits

    Find out if you need an permit to drive in a country you're travelling to and apply in selected Post Office branches.