Laravel: Validating Optional Password Change

August 22, 2019
This will make it optional for the user to change their password.

If any of the password fields are filled:

If none of the password fields are filled, validation will pass.


Edit your validation rules and add this:

return [
    'current_password' => [
        'nullable', 'string', 'required_with:new_password,new_password_confirmation',
        new PasswordMatch
    'new_password' => 'nullable|required_with:current_password,new_password_confirmation|string|min:8|different:current_password',
    'new_password_confirmation' => 'same:new_password',

Of course you can change the min:8 to whatever you like.

The reason I use same:new_password instead of confirmed, is to show the error message on the confirmation field - instead of the new_password field.

Validation Rule Class

Now we need a validation rule class to make sure the current_password value is correct.

Run php artisan make:rule PasswordMatch

Edit the file to this: (phpdocs removed for simplification)


namespace App\Rules;

use Illuminate\Contracts\Validation\Rule;
use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Hash;
use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Auth;

class PasswordMatch implements Rule {
    public function __construct() {}

    public function passes($attribute, $value) {
        return Hash::check($value, Auth::user()->password);

    public function message() {
        return 'Incorrect password.';

Saving the New Password

Now we know if any of the password fields are filled, the user wants to change their password.

So a simple check to see if 1 of the fields are filled, we have to hash and save the new password:

// ...
if ($request->filled('new_password')) {
    $user->password = Hash::make($request->new_password);

Follow RSS/Atom Feed