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Everything you need to know about renewing, replacing, and updating your passport

You've booked the cheap flights, found the perfect hotel, but you've just remembered your passport is expiring soon. Don't worry - we've got you covered. Here's everything you need to know about passport renewal, from where your passport office is, to how to apply for a passport online.

How long does it take to get a new passport?

It takes around three weeks to renew or replace your passport, unless you have expedited your passport, so you’ll need to allow plenty of time before your trip (bad news if you’ve been eyeing a last-minute trip on the cheap). If you are in a bit of a hurry, see below for the fastest ways to get your passport.

How old do you have to be to have a passport?

You must be 16 years old, or about to turn 16 in the coming three weeks, to apply for an adult passport.

How fast can you get a passport?

You can get your passport within one day from a passport office (find your nearest one here). You will need to book an appointment explaining what you need, attend with photos and an application form, and you will be able to get your passport on the same day. You can also use the Fast Track service to get your passport sent back to you in 1 week.

Can you renew a passport online?

You betcha. To renew your passport online, you will need a clear, digital headshot, your debit/credit card, and time to fill out the online form.

How do you get your passport renewed?

You can now renew your passport online as mentioned above, or you can send a traditional application form with photos (cue a trip to the local photo booth). You can pick up the forms you need from many branches of the Post Office.

How much is a child’s passport?

A child’s passport costs £49 if you apply online. Applying by post costs £58.50. Jumbo passports for children cost £59 for an online application and £68.50 by post. You can apply for a child’s passport here.

Where is the closest passport office?

If you have ordered a passport via Fast Track, you’ll need to choose a passport delivery office.

There are passport support offices in:

  • Belfast
  • Durham
  • Glasgow
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Newport
  • Peterborough
A passport is the number one travel essential

How much does it cost for a new passport?

An adult UK passport costs £75.50 for a standard 34-page passport, if you apply online. If you fill out a paper form, it costs £85. A jumbo passport with 50 pages costs £85.50 if you apply online, and £95 by paper form – ideal for the stamp seekers among us.

When can I apply for a passport renewal?

You can apply for passport renewal within nine months of the expiry date on your current passport. If you’re planning on travelling a lot, you’re smart to renew it sooner rather than later. It’s always best to check the entry requirements of the country you’re planning to travel to, as you may need to renew your passport before travelling.

There could be some important changes coming for UK citizens travelling to Europe, so make sure you check how much validity is required on your passport before you travel.

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What do I do if I lose my passport (in the UK)?

You will need to cancel your passport as soon as possible to prevent identity fraud, then apply for a new passport online. You will not be able to travel until you have your new passport.

What do I do if I lose my passport (abroad)?

You will still need to cancel your passport as soon as possible to prevent identity fraud. Contact the British Embassy and apply for an emergency travel document as soon as possible in order to get home. This document has a maximum of five countries you can use it with, including the country you are leaving from, should you need to return.

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Information correct as of 18th July 2019, obtained from Please always check the latest guidance at before booking a trip.