What To Do When Your UK Passport Gets Lost or Stolen

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If you’ve lost your passport while you’re overseas, then the experience can be truly terrifying. Fortunately, our guide to replacing a lost passport will help you reclaim this critical document and get back on the road again.

Report a lost or stolen passport

If your passport is lost or stolen, whether in the UK or abroad, you must report it as quickly as possible so that you may apply for a replacement.

What if I lose my passport while travelling abroad?

If your passport is lost while you are out of the country, you must notify your nearest British embassy, high commission, or consulate and report the loss of your passport.

Passports that have been stolen should also be reported to the police. In the United Kingdom, you can report a stolen passport by dialling 101. Stolen passports should also be reported to local authorities, who should issue a police report. 

When applying for a new passport, you may be asked to give information to the British Embassy, or you may be required to present information to your travel insurer if you wish to claim the cost of changing your travel plans.

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

If you need your lost or stolen passport replaced in the UK, you can go for either of two options:

1. Online

Use this service if you want an online route. It costs around £75.50.

You will need:

  • a digital photograph
  • a credit card or a debit card

If you’re replacing a lost or stolen passport, you’ll need to ask someone to validate your identity online.

2. Replace using a paper application form

You can obtain a paper application form by either:

  • Going to the Post Office
  • contacting the Passport Helpline

It costs £85. You can pay using any of the following methods:

  • Fill out the form in the application pack with a debit or credit card.
  • Make your check payable to ‘Her Majesty’s Passport Office.’

You will need two new, identical printed photographs of yourself.

What if I need my passport ASAP?

If your travel is less than a month away, you must use the Fast Track option. This entails attending an appointment at a Passport Office (you can select from Belfast, Durham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Newport, or Peterborough), where you must hand in:

  • A filled-out application form
  • two current passport photographs
  • Any further documentation.

You’ll obtain your new passport in seven days, but these appointments fill up fast – especially during high season – so make your appointment as soon as possible.


If you find yourself in a situation where you’ve lost or had your passport stolen, the last thing you want to do is panic. By following our advice, you can make sure you get it replaced as quickly as possible without any unnecessary hold-ups!

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