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New Online Passport Renewal Application

A new online passport service to renew your passport has gone live on the www.gov.uk website. It has been launched by the government and is said to take an average of ten minutes to complete.

This has been piolted by HM Passport Office which last year helped 240,00 people.


The applicants can choose to upload a suitable digital passport photo from their tablet or smartphone.

Once it has been completed, the passport can still take around three weeks for the Home Office to send you the new passport, as long as all the documents provided are accepted.

Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill, has said: “This latest offering is a key part of the Home Office’s drive to transform the way we deliver our services through digitisation.

“It is designed to improve efficiency and convenience by providing a modern and secure service to millions of passport holders and applicants.”

To qualify for this service, all applicants must live in the UK, be over 26 years old, be in possession of their current passport which has not got an expiry date before 2012 and not hold dual nationality.

If you have lost your passport or had it stolen, make changes to your name, you cannot apply through this new streamlined service.

This process will gradually become available to all passport customers.

At the moment, all UK customers and British Citizens that live overseas can complete most of the application and pay online, before then printing and returning their supporting documents, a signed declaration and photographs in the post to be processed by the HM Passport Office.

Every year over six million passports are issued by HM Passport Office, which has seven regional offices and over 40 passport interview offices in the UK.

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To renew your passport online please visit the official website www.gov.uk/apply-renew-passport

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