Renewing your UK passport? Find out the passport renewal cost and processing time

Every digital nomad knows that renewing your passport can be a stressful task, but UK Passport Renewal doesn’t have to be a stress. Here’s everything you need to know about renewing your UK passport. This advice applies to applications made from within the UK. A separate process is in place for applications made outside the UK.

Need to renew your UK passport? Costs went up

If you’re planning on renewing your UK passport, it’s important to know that the cost of renewing a passport WENT UP in February 2023 😪. According to the UK government website, renewing an adult passport online currently costs £82.50, while renewing by post costs £93.

How much does it cost to renew a UK passport?

Let’s look at the costs for both adults and children. Right now, renewing an adult passport online costs £82.50, while renewing by post costs £93. Renewing a child’s passport online costs £53.50 and £64 by post. It’s worth keeping on top of when you or your family’s passports need to be renewed, as costs can quickly rack up if you need to do renewals for a family at the same time.

What is the age difference between a child’s passport and an adult passport?

An applicant must be aged 16 or over (or they must be turning 16 in the next 3 weeks) to get an adult passport.

How do I renew my UK passport?

You can renew your UK passport online, or by post. Generally, renewing your UK passport online is faster and cheaper than by post. To make an online application, click here and follow the guidelines. If you’d like to apply by post, there’s an application form you can download from the government’s website and which you then print out, fill out and post in. You can also speak to your local Post Office about their “Check & Send” process for paper applications.

What documents do I need to renew my UK passport?

You will need some documents to support your UK Passport renewal application. If you have your old passport, you’ll need that, plus two new passport photographs of yourself (these should be identical). Plus you will need to provide proof of your identity.

Can I renew my UK passport online?

Yes and renewing your UK passport online is much faster (and cheaper) than dealing with a paper passport application. To do this online, just follow this link and complete each step carefully.

Can I renew my UK passport by post?

Yes, you simply download the application form via this link, and then fill it out and post it with your supporting documents to the Passport Office. Your local Post Office also offers a “Check & Send” service which helps you ensure you’ve filled everything out correctly and have all the right documentation in your application.

Can I renew my UK passport at the Post Office?

Yes, it’s possible to use the Post Office service. The best thing is to have a look at the Post Office passport renewal guidelines which you can find at this link.

How long does it take to renew a UK passport?

Application times can vary for the simple reason that demand is higher at particular times of the year. According to this website, the current waiting time for a simple adult passport renewal (in Summer 2023) is over 18 days. There is a fast-track service available for an additional fee. Check out the answer to the next question for more details.

Is there a fast-track passport renewal service and how much does fast-track passport renewal cost?

Yes, there is a fast-track service for UK passport renewals. Please know up front that it is expensive and more involved than the regular application process. Here are the current prices:

  • Adult passport: £155 (or £166 for a 50 page version)
  • Child passport: £126 (or £137 for a 50 page version)

The process is detailed and arguably more difficult to complete (click here for a link to the government guidance). You will need a PAPER application form from the Post Office while you must apply for an appointment online (but can’t complete the entire process online). Plus you can use this service only for renewals or first passports for children (not for adult first passports). It’s worth clicking on this link to the government guidance to make sure you have all the right documentation in place.

Can I upgrade my regular passport application to a fast-track passport renewal?

If you are really stuck and the process is taking longer than you thought, then yes you can. Be prepared for it to cost you more money and for you to have to show evidence that you have an urgent case.

You need to ask for the upgrade while you are IN the UK, it’s a renewal only (although you can use it for a child’s first passport too), you MUST be able to show that you’ll be travelling within the next 2 weeks AND the Passport Office must have received your original application OVER 6 weeks ago.

If you fall under this category (and can provide all the evidence they need), then click here to complete the process.

It will cost you somewhere between £72.50 and £111, and acceptance to the Fast Track Renewal is NOT guaranteed.

Conclusion: UK Passport Renewal

I hope this article helps answer all your questions about renewing your UK passport! Even though this page is updated regularly, it’s always best to check out the UK Government’s passport renewal page to see if prices or rules have changed.

* Disclaimer: Neither Nomadic Master, Patrick Hughes, nor the owner of this website bear any responsibility for decisions that you make regarding your UK Passport or its renewal. This web page is provided as a way to highlight the fact there is a process that should be followed and to advise you to read the actual government guidelines on passport renewal.

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