Updated: Apr 11
Whilst you will be busy closing accounts, paying bills and transferring assets following the death of your loved one, sometimes it is easy to overlook some small important things that need to be dealt with.
When a British passport holder dies, it is important to cancel their passport. As you will see from articles you read and see identify fraud is still a big problem. The last thing you want is for someone to steal the identity of your late spouse and all the trouble that comes with it.
You can cancel a British passport by accessing www.gov.uk and completing form D1 - What to do when a British passport holder dies. It is a simple document to complete. Just fill in the details of the person who has died and your details, as the person cancelling the passport. For security purposes, it is important you cut the top right hand corner off the passport before sending it to H M Passport Office for cancellation.
Passports are sentimental and the Passport Office will return the cancelled document to you to retain. A small but essential job!