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by Sarah Forster

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17 January 2023

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If you need to renew your passport, now is the time to do it, as fees are set to rise for the first time in five years next month.

The new prices will be implemented on renewals and new passports for both adults and children from 2nd February 2023.

The new charges will be:

From the 2nd February, the following fees will apply for:

  • Standard Online Application (Adult) – £82.50
  • Standard Online Application (Child) – £53.50
  • Postal Applications (Adult) – £93
  • Postal Applications (Child) – £64
  • One-Week Fast Track Service (Adult) – £142
  • One-Week Fast Track Service (Child) – £122
  • Online Premium Service – £177

Whilst we’re on the subject of passports, let’s answer some of your most frequently asked questions.

 

Passport FAQ’s

How long does a UK passport take?
At the moment it is advised by Gov.uk to leave up to 10 weeks to receive your passport. We advise that when you’re ready to renew or buy your passport that you check the Gov.uk site for the most up-to-date processing times.
Is it cheaper to get a new passport or renew?
The cost is exactly the same whether you are purchasing a new passport, renewing your current passport or purchasing your first adult passport. It is worthwhile noting that if your last passport was issued before 1st January 1994, you will need to follow the process for applying for your first adult passport.
How much does a new passport cost?
The current cost for a passport are:

– Standard Online Application (Adult) – £75.50

– Standard Online Application (Child) – £49

– Postal Applications (Adult) – £85

– Postal Applications (Child) – £58.50

– One-Week Fast Track Service (Adult) – £142

– One-Week Fast Track Service (Child) – £122

– Online Premium Service – £177 (or £187 for a 50-page frequent traveller passport)

From the 2nd February prices will increase as follows:

– Standard Online Application (Adult) – £82.50

– Standard Online Application (Child) – £53.50

– Postal Applications (Adult) – £93

– Postal Applications (Child) – £64

– One-Week Fast Track Service (Adult) – £142

– One-Week Fast Track Service (Child) – £122

– Online Premium Service – £177

What is the current wait time for a UK Passport?
The current wait time is up to 10 weeks. View the most up-to-date processing times here
Can I speed up my passport application?
You can only speed up your passport application if you haven’t already submitted it for processing. You can use the Online Premium Service where you will be able to get an appointment at the earliest, two days from applying. At this appointment you will be issued with your new passport with the appointment lasting no longer than 30 minutes. This service can only be used for adult passports.

Alternatively, you can use the One-Week Fast Track Service. Your passport will be delivered to your home within one week of your appointment, and will require a signature. You can use this service to:

– Renew an adult or child passport

– Change your name (for example with a marriage certificate or deed poll)

– Make changes to your personal details on your passport (for example your gender)

– Replace a lost, stolen or damaged passport

– Apply for a child’s first passport

What is the quickest time to get a passport?
You can use the online premium service which offers you an appointment as soon as two days after you have submitted your application. This will see you walking away with your passport in hand, within 30 minutes. This service is only available for adult passports.
What documents do you need for a passport renewal?
Renew online

A digital photo

– Credit/debit card

– Current passport

One-Week Fast Track Service

– Two identical printed passport photos

– Completed paper application form

Supporting documents which can be found within the booklet that comes with your paper form.

Online Premium Service

– Your old passport

If you wish to send someone on your behalf, they will require the following:

– Your old passport

– A signed and dated letter from you, naming them and giving them permission to collect the passport

– Their ID such as passport or driving licence.

First Adult Passport online

A digital photo

– Someone who can confirm your identity (email address)

Supporting documents

– Credit/Debit card

If you’re using the Passport Check and Send Service, you can view the documentation required here

You can view all the documentation required for obtaining a passport for your child here

Is it better to renew passport before it expires?
You must renew your passport before you travel if it has expired or you do not have enough time left – this will vary depending on the country you visit.

 Current processing times for passport renewals is 10 weeks, so we would recommend that you renew your passport at least 10 weeks before you travel. It is also worth factoring in any delays. If you are travelling within 10 weeks, then you can use the fast-track services where you can receive your passport within 2-7 days. However, it is worth noting that you can not use these services if you have already submitted your passport for renewal through the standard application process and there is an additional charge.

Can I renew my passport in one day?
No, the quickest way to renew your passport is using the Online Premium Service. You are required to book an appointment, which can only be booked after 2 days from submitting your application and will depend on availability.
How much is UK passport for fast track?
There are two services available for fast tracking passports. The Online Premium Service can see you receiving your new passport in two days and costs £177 with the One-Week Fast Track Service costing £142 per adult and £122 per child. The One-Week Fast Track Service requires an appointment with your passport being posted to your home address within a week and requires a signature. Children’s passports can not be renewed via the Online Premium Service.
What is the difference between a 5- and 10-year passport?
The only difference between a 5- and 10-year passport is that a child’s passport is valid for 5 years and an adult for 10. After the time period has elapsed, you would need to renew your passport. Once a child reaches 16 or within 3 weeks of them being 16, they can apply for an adult’s passport where they will then qualify for a 10-year passport. A child is able to continue to use their passport until it expires, even if their over 18.
At what age do you get a free UK passport?
You are currently eligible for a free passport including renewal if you we’re born on or before 2nd September 1929. Find out more information here (bottom of page).
Is it quicker to renew passport online?
It is quicker to renew online when using the Online Premium Service or One-Week Fast Track. If you do not have access to a computer, smart phone or the internet you can book and appointment and pay over the phone
How far in advance should I renew my UK passport?
You should renew your passport with enough time before you travel factoring in current process times and any potential delays. At the time of writing, current processing times are 10 weeks.
If you’re renewing or replacing your passport, it is essential that you do not book travel until you have a valid passport as you will be provided with a new passport number. If you have any questions, you can contact Passport advice and complaints.

Don’t forget, your Travel Insurance policy will also cover you for lost or stolen passport whilst abroad.  Find out more on Travel Insurance here

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