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
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.
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
“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.
To renew your passport online please visit the