Frequent question: Should I destroy my old UK passport?

Is it OK to destroy old passports?

Never simply throw a passport away. Even if the government has canceled it, it could still be used by thieves to commit forgery or identity theft. Do not destroy a passport unless it has been officially canceled. Even if it is expired, you may need to present it to a passport agency in order to obtain a replacement.

Can you throw away old passports UK?

Passports are currently not recyclable. The UK Passport office states that once sent back to them, they will be ‘appropriately disposed of’. It’s unclear what this actually means however it’s likely to be that the passports are incinerated and/or sent to landfill securely due to the materials they are made of.

Should you keep old passports UK?

It’s definitely advisable to keep them in a safe spot somewhere i.e you shouldn’t dispose them. I would recommend carrying the immediate previous passport with you as it provides more information about your identity and past travel. It is also useful in case you have any valid visas on it.

How should I dispose of my old passport?

Shredding is the easiest, and safest, way to dispose of cancelled passports. Cut out the biometric page of your passport with scissors. This laminated sheet is the only one in the book that contains personal information related only to you.

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Should you keep old passports?

The old passport may be sent separately from your new passport. We recommend keeping your old passport in a safe place as it is considered proof of your U.S. citizenship.

Where can I return my old UK passport?

You must bring your old passport to the Post Office if you still have it.

Why do they send your old passport back UK?

Yes, your old passport will be returned unless it is deemed to be damaged by the UK Identity & Passport Service (IPS). The passport will clearly indicate that it is invalid and it is important that you advise whether any valid visas remain in the passport before applying for it to be renewed.

How long should you keep expired passports?

Most countries require that a passport be valid for at least six months beyond the completion of a trip. If your passport expires sooner than that, you must apply to renew your passport. Please view the Visas section to determine how long a passport must be valid for each specific country of travel.

Can I renew a UK passport that expired 10 years ago?

Standard Renewals: Passport is still valid within 10 years from its expiry date or expired for a period of less than 10 years – Standard British passport renewal application procedure applies.