Planning a trip abroad? You've one day left to renew your passport for less, as fees are rising by 9% tomorrow
If you're planning a trip abroad this year, check your passport's still valid – and, if it's out of date, renew it now – as application fees are due to rise by about 9% tomorrow (Thursday 2 February).
Fees will rise by around 9% on 2 February
Here's a summary of how fees are changing:
|Online (standard) 💻|
|Paper form (standard) 📝|
|Fast track (one-week service) 📅|
|Premium (same-day service) ⏰|
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 – though unfortunately it's now too late to do this and get the cheaper rates. You can get a form 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.