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Planning a trip abroad? You've one week left to renew your passport for less, as fees are rising by 9% in February

Passport fees set to rise

If you're planning a trip abroad this year, check your passport's still valid – and, if it's out of date, renew it now – as application fees are due to rise by about 9% on Thursday 2 February.

For tips and info on getting a new passport for less, see our Passport renewal tips guide.

Fees will rise by around 9% in February

Here's a summary of how fees are changing:

Application type Current fee New fee from 2 Feb 2023
Online (standard) 💻
Adult £75.50 £82.50 (+£7)
Child £49 £53.50 (+£4.50)
Paper form (standard) 📝
Adult £85 £93 (+£8)
Child £58.50 £64 (+£5.50)
Fast track (one-week service) 📅
Adult £142 £155 (+£13)
Child £122 £126 (+£4)
Premium (same-day service) ⏰
Adult £177 £193.50 (+£16.50)

The same fees apply regardless of whether you're applying for your first passport, a renewal or to replace a lost, stolen or damaged passport.

While the new fees are technically subject to parliamentary scrutiny, it's understood the proposed hikes are unlikely to be blocked.

The cheapest way to get your passport is online through Gov.uk

Whether you're getting your first passport, renewing an old one, changing your name or personal details, or getting a passport for your child, the cheapest way to do so is through the Gov.uk website, if you're happy and able to use the online service.

Alternatively, you can use a paper application form. You can pick this up from a post office that offers the 'Paper Check & Send' service (find your nearest) or request one from the Government's passport advice line by calling 0300 222 0000 or by using its online form.

Whether you apply online or by post, the Passport Office says you should allow up to 10 weeks to get your passport (for standard applications).

Why are fees increasing?

The Home Office (which runs the Passport Office) says the new fees will help it improve its services and move towards a system that meets its costs, reducing reliance on funding from general taxation. It added that the Government does not make any profit from the price of passport applications.

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