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How Do I Change Contacts in a British Passport?

Updated April 17, 2017

Updating your British passport information to identify next of kin is vital help for the emergency services in the event you experience illness or accident. It is important to keep these details up to date rather than risk delays if telephone numbers are out of use or the person listed has moved. Current details will speed up the process of getting help and support for the ill or injured traveller or for arranging a flight back, and are crucial in the event of loss of life.

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  1. Use the ruler to draw a neat inked line through the original names and telephone numbers. The emergency contacts page is on the inner back flap of a British passport.

  2. Write the new details of the emergency contact in the remaining space above the ruled-out original details.

  3. Affix a white self-adhesive address label over the existing next of kin details if there is no further room for corrections. Write in the updated emergency contact details on the label in ink.

  4. Tip

    Tell your emergency contacts that their details have been written into your passport before you travel. Ensure that your emergency contacts are going to be available should there be an emergency, and not away on holiday themselves. Check with your emergency contacts that their telephone numbers, addresses and names are up to date, and ask if they have an extra telephone number in case the first one is engaged or out of order.


    The U.K. Passport Office advises that you should not use any type of correction fluid to cover the original handwriting. Do not make any additional marks on the label other than those necessary to identify your friends or next of kin.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Ink or ballpoint pen
  • White self-adhesive address label

About the Author

Veronica James

Veronica James has been writing since 1985. Her first career was as a specialty-trained theater sister responsible for running routine and emergency operating theaters, as well as teaching medical/nursing students. James's creative and commercial writing has appeared online, in print and on BBC radio. She graduated with an honors Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of North London.

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