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What to do if your Passport is lost, stolen or damaged

If your Passport or Passport Card has been lost, stolen or damaged, you must submit a new application in order to get a replacement.

Even if you are not applying for a new passport you must still notify the Passport Service immediately if your passport is lost or stolen. Please find our contact details here.

If your passport was lost, stolen or damaged in Ireland or Northern Ireland

First, report the loss, theft or damage of your passport to your local Garda station or PSNI station. You should then submit a new passport application.

If applying online via the Online Passport Renewal Service, please indicate that the passport was lost, stolen or damaged in the relevant section of the application web-page.

If submitting a paper application, please complete Section 6 of the application form explaining how your previous passport was lost, stolen or damaged. You must have Section 6 witnessed and stamped as per the instructions on the application form.

If your passport was lost, stolen or damaged outside of Ireland or Northern Ireland:

If applying online via the Online Passport Renewal Service, please indicate that the passport was lost, stolen or damaged in the relevant section of the application web-page.

If submitting a paper application, submit your application, to your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate, making sure you complete Section 6 of the application form explaining how your previous passport was lost/stolen or damaged. You must have Section 6 witnessed and stamped as per the instructions on the application form.

The Passport Service recommends that you report loss or theft of your passport to the local police and request a police report, if possible. Police in some jurisdictions will not provide police reports: the nearest Irish Embassy/Consulate will be able to advise.

Further consular advice can be found here.

View our list of Irish Embassies and Consulates abroad.

What happens when I report my Passport as lost or stolen?

The details of all lost or stolen passports are reported by the Passport Service to Interpol which means they are no longer valid for travel.
If you lose two or more passports, the validity of your next passport may be restricted and it may not be possible to receive your passport in less than 15 working days.

Remember:

Do not, under any circumstances, try to travel on a passport or passport card that has been reported as lost, stolen or damaged.

Any application submitted to the passport service to replace a lost or stolen passport or passport card cannot be cancelled even if the lost or stolen passport is subsequently recovered.