Renew or replace your adult passport

Renew or replace your adult passport

  1. Overview
  2. Renew
  3. Replace

1. Overview

It costs £72.50 to renew or replace your passport, or £82.25 if you use the Post Office’s Passport Check and Send service.

You must be aged 16 or over (or turning 16 in the next 3 weeks) if you want an adult passport. There’s a different process to get a passport for a child.

If you’re in the UK you can:

  • renew your passport if it’s expired or will expire soon (including if you currently have a child passport)
  • replace your passport if it’s been lost, stolen or damaged
  • change the details on your passport

There are different ways to renew or replace your passport if you’re outside the UK.

How long it takes

It should take 3 weeks to get your passport. Use a different service if you need it urgently.

It can take longer if more information is needed or your application hasn’t been filled in correctly.

Don’t book travel until you have a valid passport – doing so is at your own risk. Your new passport won’t have the same number as your old one.

Tracking your passport application

You can track your passport application immediately if you apply online or after 3 weeks if you apply by post.

Getting your new passport

Your new passport will be sent to you by courier or Royal Mail. They’ll either:

  • post it through your letterbox
  • hand it to you if you’re home
  • leave a card or post you a letter saying how you can get it (it won’t say the package is your passport)

2. Renew

If your passport’s expired, you must renew it before you can travel.

You can renew your passport at any time. When you renew your passport, time left on your existing passport is added to your new one, up to a maximum of 9 months.

If your passport will expire soon you might need to renew it before travelling. Check the entry requirements of the countries you’re visiting before booking travel.

You must replace your passport if it’s been lost, stolen or damaged rather than renew it.

Renew online

You can renew your passport online.

Renew using a paper application form

You can get a paper application form by either:

  • going to a Post Office that has a Check and Send service
  • calling the Passport Adviceline

You can use the Check and Send service if you’re using a paper form.

Photos

If you use the new online passport renewal service you’ll need someone to take a photo of you using a digital camera or smartphone.

If you use the old ‘existing’ online service, send your application by post or use the Passport Check and Send service, you’ll need 2 identical new photos of yourself.

Your application can be delayed if you don’t follow the rules about passport photos.

Countersignatories

If you can’t be recognised from the photo in your existing passport, get your application form and 1 of your photos signed by someone else to prove your identity.

How to pay

You’ll need a credit or debit card to apply online.

If you apply by post, you can either pay by:

  • debit or credit card – fill in the form in the application pack
  • cheque – made payable to ‘Her Majesty’s Passport Office’

Unexpired visas

Send your previous passport with the visa attached to it with your application. Your previous passport will be returned to you.

You’ll be able to use the visa if you carry both passports.

3. Replace

You must replace your passport if it has more than reasonable wear and tear because you may not be allowed to travel with it.

If you’re replacing a lost or stolen passport, you may have to attend an interview and your application may take longer.

Replace your passport online

You can replace your passport online.

Replace your passport using a paper application form

You can get a paper application form:

  • from a Post Office
  • by calling the Passport Adviceline

You can use the Post Office Check and Send service if you’re using a paper form.

Photos

Send 2 identical new photos of yourself with your application.

Your application can be delayed if you don’t follow the rules about passport photos.

Countersignatories

You need to get your application form and 1 of your photos signed by someone else to prove your identity.

Payment

You need a credit or debit card to apply online.

If you apply by post, you can either pay by:

  • debit or credit card – fill in the form in the application pack
  • cheque – made payable to ‘Her Majesty’s Passport Office’

 

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