There are three ways to apply for or renew a British passport. These are as follows….
Standard Application & Renewal Process (3-6 weeks)
With this process you apply via the post and simply need to post an 04 Passport Application form, your old passport, two passport size and quality photographs, payment for the passport fee along with any required supporting documents to Her Majesty’s Passport Office and wait a minimum of 6 weeks if this is your first British passport or between 3-6 weeks if you are renewing an existing passport. You will pay £46 for a childs passport (0-15yrs of age) or £72.50 for an adult passport (those who are 16yrs+). This fee is payable to Her Majesty’s Passport Office as soon as you post the documents to them. We provide a package that can begin the passport application or renewal process online. Begin Process Now >>
Fast Track 1 Week Service (7 Day Passport)
This can only be used by adult applicants if they have held a British passport in the past. It can however be used by children (under 16yrs of age) providing they are British citizens for their first UK passport. With this service the applicant or parent or guardian of the applicant will need to book an appointment (which we can do for you) and visit one of the seven Passport Offices in person to lodge the application. The passport fee is £87 for a child or £103 for an adult application/renewal this is payable on the day of the appointment. Travelling to the Passport Office incurs time, travel and potentially accommodation expenses and so you may wish to see if you are eligible for a Passport Office Appointment Exemption which we provide as part of our value added services where by you simply post your documents off to our Head Office and wait to receive the new passport in the post days later. You can request that we book you a Fast Track Appointment for you here >>>
Premium 4hr Renewal (1 Day Passport)
If it is essential that you receive a new passport today or within the next few days then you should consider using the Premium 1 Day service. With this service you will receive your new passport within 4hrs of lodging your application at one of the seven Passport Offices. The passport fee for this service is £128 (payable at the Passport Office by card or cash) and can only be used for those over 16yrs of age who have held a British passport in the past. As of February 2014 Her Majesty’s Passport Office no longer extend this service to those under 16yrs of age, they must now use the standard or Fast Track 1 week service.
Through our service you also receive access to our document checking service, Queue Jumping Service, confirmation of your appointment via SMS, email and letter, directions to the Passport Office and an optional Passport Office Appointment Exemption saving you time, travel and accommodation expenses as well as many other value added services for an additional fee. With that being said our services and fee’s can be avoided by going through Her Majesty’s Passport Office directly via the Gov.uk website where by you will only receive the free appointment and only need to pay for the passport fee itself (still due if using our service). Presuming that you would like to receive our value added services we can Book You a Passport Office Appointment Now >>
Passport Renewal of an adult over 20 : Two passport photos, A filled out passport application form and the expired passport then you would be eligible for the quickest possible service rendered at the Passport Office which is a 4 hour premium service which costs £128 which you will collect, you can still pay for the 7 day fast track service under these guidelines if that is more beneficial for you having the option to either collect it in 7 days or have it delivered.
Renewal of an adult under 20 : Two passport photos 1 of which needs to be signed by a referee, the person that qualifies for a referee is somebody who has known the applicant for as long as 2 years and can not be a relative or a doctor unless they know the doctor on a personal level. The referee must have a valid British passport, A residence in the United kingdom and be a working professional and that person will fill out the final section of the application form. They will then follow the same procedure as a straight forward renewal submitting their previous passport and completing every applicable section on the application form, the eligibility will be the same providing they have the counter-signatory and the fees will remain the same .
First Child Passport: The young applicant will need Two passport photographs 1 needs to be signed and 1 needs to be left blank just like an adult under the age of 20, except if the child is under the age of two the counter-signatory will need to of known one of the parents for as long as two years as its impossible to have known the child for that period of time and they would fill out the final section of the application form. They would need to have a filled out an application form with all the applicable areas filled in and they may have to provide proof of the grandparents details if the parents were born after 1982, they would also need to produce the genuine copy of the birth certificate then quickest the first time child applicant may have their passport is on a 7 day fast track service costing £87 on the day of the appointment.
First Adult Passport: The applicant will have to produce two passport photos one of which is signed by a referee somebody who has known the applicant for as long as two years and that professional would fill out the final section of the application form. They may have to attend an interview at the passport office in order to confirm they are a British citizen and produce versions of their grandparents birth certificates to confirm they have the right to obtain a British passport and of course a fully completed application form.
If the passport been lost or stolen : If the applicant has misplaced their passport or have unfortunately had their passport stolen they should have reported it lost/stolen to the identity and passport services and the police but if they have not at this point it will not affect the procedure. They will need to complete a LS01 lost and stolen form and fill in all the necessary information as well as completing a passport application with all applicable areas completed , they must have two photos one of which is signed by a referee and one of which is left blank, they will also need the referee who has known the applicant for as long as two years and is a working professional to fill in the final section of the application form. The applicant will then have to produce the genuine version of the birth certificate and the quickest the applicant may process the passport is within a 7 day period which will cost £103. The same will apply if the passport is damaged except you will not have to fill in the lost and stolen form but it will take it up to 7 days to process for the same price.