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Rallyman
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I had two passports for many years and, having followed all the procedures mentioned above, never had any difficulty (I didn’t even need to specify which countries I was traveling to but it’s a good idea nevertheless).

Once you’ve got two it’s a good idea not to let one lapse without renewing it as for some reason the UKPA system still considers it ‘live’. I tried to renew my lapsed second passport as I was traveling to a country that needed a longer validity period than in my first one but they initially rejected it as a third application…

So once you’ve got a second passport keep renewing both and treat them as security for each other in case you lose one!