Time left on an existing passport is added to your new one, up to a maximum of 9 months.


How long it takes
It should take 3 weeks to get the passport – use a different service if you need the passport urgently.It can take longer if more information is needed or your application hasn’t been filled out correctly.


Don’t book travel until you have a valid passport – doing so is at your own risk.


Changing your name or personal details
If you’ve changed your name (eg through marriage, changed the spelling or added a middle name by deed poll), you must send extra documents with your application.


Damaged and expired passports
You must replace your passport as soon as possible if it has more than reasonable wear and tear – you may not be allowed to travel with it.You must renew your expired passport before you can travel.


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


Apply for a passport If you’re in the UK, you can:

• Apply online request an application form online
• Get one from a Post Office that offers the Passport Check and Send service
• Ask the Passport Adviceline to post you one
• Read guidance on applying for your passport.

There are different ways to apply if you’re outside the UK.


Passport Adviceline Online enquiry form Telephone: 0300 222 0000 Textphone: 0300 222 0222Text Relay: 18001 0300 222 0000 Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pmSaturday, Sunday and public holidays, 9am to 5:30pmFind out about call charges


Include 2 identical new photos of yourself. Your application can be delayed if you don’t follow the rules about passport photos.


Get your application form and 1 of your photos signed by someone else to prove your identity if either:

you can’t be recognised from the photo in your existing passport
you’re replacing a lost, stolen or damaged passport
Unexpired visas
If you’re renewing your passport, send your previous passport with the visa attached to it with your application. Your previous passport will be returned to you.Carry both passports if you want to use the visa in the previous passport.

Send your application
Online applications
Post your form, photos and supporting documents to the address printed on the form.


Paper applications
You can: post your form using the pre-printed envelope that comes with the form (include your photos and supporting documents)
use the Passport Check and Send service (you can’t use this if you apply online) Payment
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’)
Tracking your passport application 
You can login and track your passport application straight away if you apply online.You can start tracking your passport application 3 weeks after you apply if you apply by post.
Your new passport will be sent to you either by courier or Royal Mail Recorded Delivery. The postman or courier will then do one of the following:

• Hand your passport to you if you’re at home
• Deliver your passport with the rest of your post
• Leave you a card or send you a letter to tell you where to collect your passport or how to arrange redelivery
The ‘missed delivery’ card or letter won’t say that the package contains your passport.