You must report a lost, stolen or damaged biometric residence permit (BRP) immediately. You must then apply for a replacement.
Report the loss, theft or damage
Contact the police to report the loss, theft or damage and get a police case reference number.
You must then email the Home Office immediately using the relevant email address.
Report a lost or stolen BRP to:
Report a damaged BRP to:
You should include:
- your full name, date of birth and nationality
- your contact details
- your passport number
- your BRP reference number
- your police case reference number
- when, where and how the loss or theft occurred
- what the damage is (if damaged)
You can also send this information by post to:
PO Box 163
You must then apply for a replacement BRP.
Replace your BRP if you’re in the UK
You must apply for a replacement BRP within 3 months if it was lost, stolen or damaged while you were in the UK, or within 1 month if you’re returning to the UK on a ‘replacement BRP visa’. A replacement BRP costs £40 if you apply from inside the UK.
You may be fined up to £1,000 and have your permission to stay removed if you don’t apply for a replacement in time.
You may also have to apply for a replacement BRP if your personal details have changed, eg your name.
Replace your BRP if you’re outside the UK
You can’t apply for a new BRP until you’re back in the UK. Instead, you must apply for a ‘replacement BRP visa’ which you can use once to re-enter the UK. A replacement BRP visa costs £72.
You must apply online for a replacement BRP visa in most countries.
Cuba and North Korea
You can’t apply online if you’re applying from one of these countries.
Download the application form.
Read the instructions for:
You must apply for a replacement BRP within 1 month of your return to the UK.