You must book an appointment at a Passport Customer Service Centre if you’re in the UK and need a passport urgently, eg within a month. After the appointment, you can get your passport the same day or within a week.
Choose the service you want to use
You can’t use these services if you’re applying online or for certain types of passport – eg a first adult passport.
The Premium service means you’ll get your passport within 4 hours of your application being accepted. You must go to the Passport Customer Service Centre to collect it.
The Fast Track service means your passport is delivered to your home address within 1 week of your application being accepted.
Use the Post Office Check and Send service, or apply by post or online if you don’t need your passport within a month.
Passports you can get and costs
||Fast Track service
|Renew a standard adult 32-page passport
|Renew a jumbo adult 48-page passport
|Change or amend name for a standard adult 32-page passport (with a marriage or civil partnership certificate)
|Change or amend name for a jumbo adult 48-page passport (with a marriage or civil partnership certificate)
|Change or amend a standard adult 32-page passport
|Change or amend a jumbo adult 48-page passport
|Replace a lost, stolen or damaged adult passport
|First child passport
|Renew or amend a child passport
|Replace a lost, stolen or damaged child passport
|Renewals for British nationals born on or before 2 September 1929
Book an appointment
Call the Passport Adviceline to book an appointment at a Passport Customer Service Centre.
Your appointment may be up to 3 weeks from the day you book it.
You can use the online enquiry form for general advice but it can’t be used to book appointments.
Premium 1-day service
The service is available for appointments before 11am on Saturdays, and on weekdays before:
You must arrive no more than 10 minutes before your appointment.
Fast Track 1-week service
Your passport will be sent to your home within 1 week (not including bank and public holidays).
To get your passport within 1 week, you must supply all your completed forms and supporting documents to Her Majesty’s Passport Office at the agreed appointment.
If you’re replacing a lost or stolen passport you may need to attend an interview, and your application may take longer.
You may also need to be in to sign for the delivery of your passport.
You must bring a completed application form and supporting documents to your appointment. Get a passport application form and guide on how to fill it in from a Post Office.
Your application may be delayed if there are mistakes on your form, or you don’t provide the necessary documents at your appointment.
Another person can go to your appointment and collect your passport if you’re unable to (as long as you’re in the UK at the time). They must bring:
- their own ID, eg passport, driving licence or a utility bill issued within the last 3 months
- a signed and dated letter from you naming the person and giving them permission (if the application is for a child, the person who signed section 9 of the form must sign this permission letter)
They must also take the application receipt if they’re collecting your passport. The cashier issues the receipt when they accept the passport application.
Upgrading a standard application
You may be able to upgrade your application to use the Fast Track or Premium service if you’ve already applied to renew your passport by post or through the Check and Send service.
Upgrades are usually only available in special circumstances – eg you’ve had to change your travel plans at short notice.
You won’t have to pay a fee to upgrade your application if all of the following apply:
- you need to travel in the next 7 days
- you’ve applied to renew a passport by post or Check and Send
- your correct and completed application has been with Her Majesty’s Passport Office for more than 3 weeks
If you’ve applied for a first adult passport, you’ll only be able to upgrade your application for free if you need to travel for compassionate reasons (eg a sickness or death).
You’ll have to attend an interview if you’ve applied for a first adult passport.
Call the Passport Adviceline with the barcode number of your application. This was on your application form, or on your receipt if you used Check and Send.
The Passport Adviceline will tell you if you can upgrade – the service isn’t always available during Her Majesty’s Passport Office’s busy periods.
You may be able to get a refund for the Premium or Fast Track service fee (but not the standard passport fee) if your application isn’t processed within the specified time.
You can’t claim a refund if the delay is due to:
- a mistake or missing information on your form
- Her Majesty’s Passport Office needing more time to consider a complex application
- circumstances beyond the reasonable control of Her Majesty’s Passport Office
You may also be able to get a refund if:
- you’re travelling abroad for medical treatment
- you have to travel urgently because of the death or serious illness of a family member, friend or business associate
- you’re seriously ill, or you’re a carer for a seriously ill person, and your travel has been arranged by a charity or religious organisation
You must pay the full fee and then claim a refund for the Premium or Fast Track service fee.
Send the claim form to the Customer Service Manager at the Passport Customer Service Centre where you had your appointment.
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You can apply for, renew or update your passport and pay for it online. You’ll have to print out a form at the end.
You must sign and date the form, add any documents or photographs that are needed, and return it for processing.
You’ll need a debit or credit card to use this service.
It should take 6 weeks to get your first adult passport once your form has been received. For all other application types, it should take 3 weeks.
It can take longer if more information is needed or your application hasn’t been filled out correctly.
You should use a different service if you need your passport urgently.
Don’t book travel until you have a valid passport – doing so is at your own risk.
The Government are currently running a BETA stage of their APPLY ONLINE Passport service
SOURCE: GOV.UK https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/1/ https://www.gov.uk/find-regional-passport-office