UK Passport Renewal  |  UK Passport Renewals. Made Easy.

How long does a passport renewal take?

The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) state that the normal processing time for a straightforward renewal service by post is about 3 weeks.

The IPS also says that passport renewal delays are caused by errors and simple mistakes made by the applicant.

Top 7 tips when applying for a passport renewal

  1. Remember you can renew your passport at any time. Time left on an existing passport is added to your new one - up to a maximum of 9 months, so make sure you plan ahead. The busiest times for the IPS is between April and August during this period processing times maybe be as long as 6 weeks.

  2. Make sure you use a black ballpoint pen to fill in your application form.

  3. Send original documents. Photocopies of documents will cause delays to your application.

  4. If you are sending multiple renewal applications, make sure all the applications in one envelope.

  5. Make sure your photographs meet the set standards.

  6. Make a note of the barcode number from the front of your application form, as this will be used to track the progress of your application once you have sent it to us.

  7. Send the correct passport renewal fee.

Need your passport fast?

In that case you will need to use the fast track service. The fast track services requires you, or a nominated representative, to visit one of the passport offices listed below so that the passport can be processed and delivered within specific time frame.

The fast track service has two options:

  • 1. One-week Fast Track service; costs £103

  • 2. One-day Premium service; costs £128

Passport offices are located at:


If you need to book an appointment you can phone the passport office contact centre

Need more help?

Call the passport adviceline for the following help:

  • General Enquiries
  • Passport Tracking
  • Urgent Passports
  • Help Filling Forms
  • Which Documents to Send
  • Photo & Signature Requirements
  • Application Timescales
  • Reporting Lost/Stolen Passport

Local Passport Offices