Damaged British passports

Guidance for staff on how to check a damaged British passport, sent as a supporting document, and how to replace a damaged British passport.


Damaged British passports

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This guidance tells HM Passport Office staff how to assess British machine readable passports for damage, wear and tear or fraudulent tampering and how to handle applications to replace these passports. Machine readable passports have a burgundy or dark blue (soft) cover.

This guidance does not cover Old Blue (hardback style) passports.

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Published 13 January 2012
Last updated 26 October 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added version 13.0 of guidance.

  2. Accessible version added.

  3. Updated guidance renamed as 'damaged British passports'.

  4. New guidance published.

  5. First published.