Children & Urgent Appointments

We receive many questions in relation to children's appointments for urgent Fast-Track 7 Day Services, this article aims to address many of these common questions to help you when planning the renewal or first time application for your child. For the avoidance of doubt we confirm that HM Passport Office classes a child as any individual under the age of 16 years. If ...

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Renew Your Passport Before The New Year Rush

Many customers are often unaware that November / December is the best time to apply for or renew your passport due to the peak and off-peak times. On average turnaround times for applications during this time can be 30-40% faster than in January, this is due to the fact that once the holiday season has passed many customers will opt to renew or replace their passports...

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I Can't Find Anyone To Countersign My Application, What Can I Do?

For passport applicants finding someone who can countersign their passport application can be a daunting task. However, many applicants are unaware of the rules and guidelines around this crucial part of your application, this is leading to many applications being refused and customers spending excessive amounts of money and time on redoing their passport applications...

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Reporting A Lost/Stolen Passport & Urgent Replacement

Lost or stolen passports cost UK travellers almost 5 million every year in emergency travel documents (ETD) the cost of replacing your passport and the extra cost of travel, time wasted and of course including the inconvenience. Many of these lost or stolen passports happen while people are already abroad on holiday's and business trips which can cause havoc for you...

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Passport Interview - What Questions Will I Be Asked?

If you are applying for your first British Passport and are over the age of 15 years you will be required to attend a passport interview as part of the application process. This does not apply to applicants under the age of 16 or adults who have held a passport as a child. If this is your first adult application for a British Passport, you must first send off your or...

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Mistakes On Passport Applications

One of the biggest causes of delays in passport applications are down to errors made on your application. These errors can be quite varied, and you may not be aware of all of the rules and regulations surrounding mistakes on your passport application. Errors can include many things from misspelled names, crossing out mistakes in the wrong way, using the wrong coloured...

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When Do I Need To Renew My Passport?

Passport renewal can often go from one extreme to another. While thousands of people forget get to renew their passports for various reasons and end up losing out on holidays or travel plans, thousands of people renew their passport when there is absolutely no need to. Getting the balance right is all about having the correct information to hand, but with so many inf...

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Lost Passport Guidance

Losing your passport before you holiday can literally make or break your plans. Nearly 20,000 British passports were reported as either lost or stolen worldwide last year alone. This does not include the many more thousands of passports that people are not yet even aware that they have lost their passport. Since 2010/11 there has been an 11% increase in the amount of...

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