Renewing your passport is essential
All of these journeys will have required a passport.
If you’re planning a trip abroad – whether for holidays, to visit family or for a business trip – you’ll only be allowed to travel if your passport is in date.
You must renew your expired passport before you can travel abroad – this can be done at any time.
Follow these simple tricks to making renewing your passport easier.
Online or by post
You can either renew your passport online or by using a paper application form. The online form can be found on the UK Gov website.
To renew your passport using a paper form, you can either pick one up from either any Post Office or by calling the Passport Adviceline on 0300 222 0000.
To make it even simpler, use a Post Office which offers the Passport Check and Send service. Here they will help you to fill in the right sections of the application form and make sure you’ve got the right supporting documents.
Using the service will reduce the chances of having your passport application rejected.
Don’t take a selfie, it’s not allowed
Uploading a picture
If you opt for the online form, you can now upload your own digital photo, which has made renewing your passport digitally easier too.
All you need is someone to take photo of you using a digital camera or smartphone.
Selfies are not allowed – it must be done by anyone except yourself at approximately 1.5 metres from you.
You’ll be able to use the new service is you are: a UK resident aged 26 or over, not a dual national, in possession of your old passport which hasn’t been damaged and expired after 2012, still have the same name on your last passport and are recognisable from your photo.
The new service is available to those who are aged 26 or over, not dual nationals and your old passport expired after 2012. However, your application may be delayed if you don’t follow the rules about passport photos including the size, quality and what you mustn’t do – like wear sunglasses.
If you decide to use the old ‘existing’ online service or send your application by post then you’ll still need to provide two identical new photos of yourself.
Sometimes you might not be recognised from the photo in your existing passport. If this happens, get your application form and one of your photos signed by someone else to prove your identity – this is what is known as a countersigning.
You can renew by post or online
Paying for your passport
Until March, it costs £72.50 to renew or replace your passport, or £82.25 by post.
You’ll need a credit or debit card to apply online.
However, if you apply by post there are a few options including card transactions or making a cheque payable to ‘Her Majesty’s Passport Office’. For an adult passport you must be aged 16 or over.
If your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged then it must be replaced instead of renewed.
This process is slightly different, as you may have to attend an interview and your application is likely to take longer.