Cancelling a passport
A passport is cancelled in the event that
- the passport holder loses or is released from his or her Finnish citizenship
- cancellation is requested by the passport holder
- the passport holder reports the passport as lost or stolen
- the guardian (or the Social Welfare Board) cancels consent to issuing a passport to a minor
- the Social Welfare Board demands the cancellation of the passport of a minor who has been taken into care or
- the passport must be destroyed under the Lost Property Act .
A passport may be cancelled in the event that
- there is an obvious error in the passport
- the passport has been defaced, its data has been altered or it has other markings than those made by an authority
- after the passport has been granted, issues have emerged which would probably result in a rejection when issuing a passport
- the passport is being used by a person other than the one to whom it was issued
- the Population Registration Centre has cancelled the electronic certificate or
- there is reasonable cause to suspect that the passport holder has died in a natural disaster, other catastrophe or as a victim of crime.
The passport is cancelled by the police department or other authority having granted it. A passport that has been cancelled will be taken in the possession of the authorities.
A person may only have one valid passport at a time. Once the police or other authority issuing passports makes a new decision on issuing a passport, the previous decision will expire.
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