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
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

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