Stop a child getting a passport

You might be able to stop a child or vulnerable person getting a passport. 

You may want to do this if: 

  • you think your child may be abducted and taken overseas by their other parent (or someone who has parental responsibility

  • a relative is vulnerable (eg has a mental disability) and you don’t think it would be safe for them to have a passport 

Contact the police or social services if you are concerned about these issues 

You should not stop a child’s passport if they have already been taken overseas. It makes the process of getting them back harder and may also be against the law. 

How to stop a passport 

Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office to find out if it will be possible to stop someone from getting a passport. 

Her Majesty’s Passport Office will usually only stop a passport if you have a court order to do so. 

Her Majesty’s Passport Office 

Passport Adviceline 

Online enquiry form 

Telephone: 0300 222 0000 

Textphone: 0300 222 0222 

Text Relay: 18001 0300 222 0000 

Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm 

Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 9am to 5:30pm 

Further information on stopping someone getting a passport on GOV.UK's website.