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.