How to replace a lost passport

Have you lost or damaged your passport? Don’t worry, you can get a new one and the process is reasonably easy to understand and to follow. It’s important to remember that you’re basically re-applying for your passport, so it’s important to get the application process underway as soon as possible to prevent any delays and ensure you get your passport back quickly.

Here’s what you need to do:

Re-application for your passport

You can apply for your passport either online or by visiting your local Post Office and filling in the relevant form. It’s important to note, however, that it’s not a free service to re-issue a lost or damaged passport.

It costs £75.50 if you’re applying online, and £85 if you’re applying via a paper form.

It’s important that you fill in the form as accurately and as clearly as possible. Remember the same rules apply as when you applied for your passport originally. Write legibly and provide all of the personal information necessary to ensure that your application can be dealt with in as swift a manner as possible.

If your form is badly or incorrectly filled in, the Passport Office may have to contact you for clarification, send the application form back to you, or, in isolated cases, possibly even reject the application. So invest the extra time and fill out the form properly.

Re-sending your photographs

You will have to take another passport photo if you’re going re-apply for your lost passport. There are many ways you can do this, whether it’s using an online service such as Paspic, a photo booth, or by visiting any high street photography store.

You will need to send two identical photos of yourself with the new application, both of which will have been signed by an appropriate counter-signatory who conforms to the proper conditions.

Remember that though you only need to have one photograph signed, you need to send two photographs with your application, and both must be of acceptable standard and identical.

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Who can sign your passport forms and photos?

Most people are aware that their passport photos need to be signed as part of the passport application process. But, what many people do not realize is that the requirements for signing passport pictures are incredibly specific. Below we share some advice on who can sign your passport photos.

When do you need a passport photo to be signed?

When you apply for your first passport as an adult or a child, you need to have both the application form and passport photo signed. You’ll also need a passport photo signed if you are renewing a passport, replacing a passport, or if your physical appearance has changed dramatically.

The person signing the passport photo

So, you have your passport photos ready and your application form filled in, but how do you choose who signs your passport photo? There are a few rules you need to follow. It’s important that the person signing your photo has known you for a minimum of two years. If signing for a child, then they need to know the adult. They also need to live in the UK, and they need to have a valid and non-expired passport.

Who cannot sign your passport

It’s important that the person signing your passport photos knows you, and not just in a professional way. However, there are restrictions on the type of relationship that you can have with this individual. The person signing your passport photos cannot be related to you by marriage or by birth. They must also not live at the same address. It’s also important to note that you can no longer ask your GP to sign your passport photo. However, if your GP is a close friend, then they are fine to sign.

The occupation of those who sign

One final point is that there are named occupations that the person who signs must hold. A full list is available on the GOV.UK website. However, generally, the list includes those occupations of good standing, such as a teacher, nurse, accountant, banker, dentist, journalist and police officer.

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Who can countersign a British passport application?

Getting someone to countersign a passport photo is an easy process. Someone simply signs their name on the back of your passport photograph to confirm that it is indeed an accurate likeness of you. Not just anyone can sign a passport photo, however, and there are conditions the counter-signatory must meet.

Who can sign?

The first piece of criteria your counter-signatory must meet is that they have to have known you for a period of two years. However, they cannot be someone you’re in a relationship with or who lives in your household. Nor can they be someone you’re related to, either by marriage or by birth.

They must be able to identify you properly, and not be someone you just have a passing familiarity with. They must also be someone of a good standing in the community. To qualify for that they must either be retired from or currently work in, one of several recognised professions. Read more about accepted professions here.

The counter-signatory must also be a UK resident and hold a current British passport.

What the counter-signatory must do

Once you have decided who you’d like to countersign your photo – and they have agreed, and they meet all of the relevant criteria to be an officially recognised counter-signatory – you must have them sign the back of your passport photograph.

To do that, they must write the following phrase on the back of the photo:

“I certify that this is a true likeness of (Title, Forename, Surname)”

They must then provide their signature underneath their declaration and provide the date they signed the photograph on, at which point you’re free to post off your application to the passport office.

It’s important to make sure you thoroughly understand the rules relating to who can and cannot countersign your passport photo. Failure to do so will mean your application will be sent back to you, which will only serve to delay the process.

Please make sure you inform the person counter-signing the photograph that the passport office may contact them to confirm their details and your identity.

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Can I take a passport photo using my iPhone?

When renewing a passport, passport photos are often the main cause for concern. Between the list of guidelines and having to trail down to a photo booth, it can be a hassle. Double that when it’s a child passport photo. But what if you could scrap all the hassle and take a photo within minutes in your own home? And could it be done using a device everyone has to hand – your iPhone?

The short answer is yes, but there are a few conditions that you’ll need to keep in mind.

Online passport photos are accepted by GOV.uk when applying for a passport, and they even state in their guidelines that digital photos can be accepted from three methods: get someone else to take a photo for you using a device with photo capabilities; go to a photo shop and ask for a digital copy using a code; go to a photo booth that provides digital codes along with the physical copy. Of the three, it’s clear that the first option is not only the quickest but also the easiest.

To make sure you get it right the first time, review the guidelines laid out by GOV.uk. You will require someone else to take the photo from the shoulders up, against a light background, and of clear quality. There will be a chance to adjust the size of your photo during the application process and you will be given a preliminary decision at the point of upload, which is a good indicator that your photo will be approved when your application is reviewed later.

If you are still unsure of whether your photo qualifies or how to take it, Papsic is available to give you peace of mind. Using your phone, Papsic will take you clearly and concisely through each step of the process for quick passport photos and ensure they’re suitable before you even begin your passport application. Simply upload your photos and Papsic will take care of the rest!

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Can I print my own passport photo?

Is it time to renew your passport? If so you’ll already be thinking about getting some decent passport photos done. Photo booths pictures can be grim affairs so taking photos in a more relaxed atmosphere like your own home makes sense. But what rules are there about passport photo sizes? And is it possible to print them out at home?

What passport photos do I need?

You’ll need two identical passport photos for your application. Follow the rules for taking a good passport photo and you’re halfway there. Now you need to print them out at 45mm high x 35mm wide size – you can’t print a bigger picture and cut it down!

Shoot and edit your passport pictures

First, make sure you’re well lit – natural daylight is best – and standing in front of a plain cream or light grey background. Don’t use a flash so you avoid the dreaded red-eye and keep a tight focus on your head and shoulders. Once you’re satisfied with your photo then you can move onto the next step.

If you feel the need to edit your photo, think again. Gov.UK rules state quite clearly that photos should be ‘unaltered by computer software’ so you may run into problems if you give yourself a virtual facelift!

Finally, you need to accurately size your photo so that the distance between your chin and the crown of your head is no less than 29mm and no more than 34mm, and set the photo size to the standard 45mm x 35mm.

Press print

Finally, you need to set your home printer to print your passport pics. Bear in mind that they must be printed to a professional standard on white photo paper – and check that your printer can handle borderless printing as your passport photos must be printed without a border.

‘Professional standard’ can be subjective but obviously you’ll need to invest in some decent photographic paper rather than plain old copy paper!

Now you’ll need to set the printer to print at 100% of screen size and select the highest possible resolution before pressing print.

Picture perfect

If all that sounds like a hassle, it is. Especially when you can simply upload your passport pictures to Paspic where 99.5% of passport pics are approved first time! So why not let us take the fuss out of passport photo printing and get approved first time or your money back?

Can I Wear Glasses in a Passport Photo?

You’ve booked the perfect holiday and now it’s time to make sure your passports are in order. A common question that glasses wearers ask is: am I allowed to wear my glasses in my passport photo? After all, a mistake in your passport photo can lead to a delay in receiving your passport, as well as extra costs that can be incurred, so it is essential to make sure you get your photo just right.

Your passport photo must be taken in front of a light coloured background, with no shadows falling either on your face or on the screen behind you. The photo should only feature you; no other people or objects should be included in the photograph. It is also essential that your passport photograph was taken within the past month so that it accurately represents a true current likeness of you.

It can be tricky to know the rules and regulations for passport photos, but the general rule to abide by for passport photos is that nothing should be obstructing your face or eyes. This means that there should be no hair covering your eyes, you should not be wearing a head covering — unless for religious or medical reasons — and there should be nothing else covering your face.

The rules on the government website aren’t particularly clear when it comes to prescription glasses. The official guidance states that if you wear glasses that you are unable to take off, then your eyes must be fully visible behind the lenses without any reflection or glare obscuring the view of your eyes. However, as passport photographs are often taken in a booth, or — in the case of online passport pictures — are taken at home using a camera with a flash, it can be difficult to reduce the reflection or glare caused by the lenses in prescription glasses. Therefore, where possible, it is advisable to remove your glasses in order to have your passport photo taken.

Although the government guidance does not state that prescription glasses should be removed for passport photographs, due to the hassle and stress that can be caused if the photographs are not accepted, it is advisable to remove prescription glasses — where possible — in order to have your passport photographs taken.