Passports & immigration
Information on how to apply for a passport, fees and how long it takes to process your application.
The Identity and Passport Service is responsible for issuing UK passports, including:
- applications for new passports
- passport renewals
- lost or stolen passports
- name changes
All the latest information on how to apply for a passport, how much you need to pay, and the timetable for how long it takes is available on the Directgov website (new window).
Application turnaround times
Application turnaround times vary according to the service you are requesting, but most postal applications are returned within three weeks of receipt. The Identity and Passport Service can also provide a fast-track processing service, for a higher fee, to have applications processed in as little as 48 hours, if you are eligible.
Please note: fast-track passport applications are not available when you're applying for your first ever passport.
Directgov has all the latest information on passport fees (new window).
Biometric passports are central to this process. Each one has enhanced security features, including a chip containing a scanned image of the passport holder, and basic information about them, which border agents can compare to the printed information.
All new passports issued are biometric, and eventually they will constitute all UK passports.