There’s nothing worse than packing to go away a few days before your holiday and finding that you, or your child’s passport is out of date or invalid.

If you’re still in the UK and need to get a passport urgently, you have to book an appointment with the Passport Customer Service Centre. After the appointment, you can get your passport the same day or even within a week.

The Passports Office have an urgent passport application service for anyone who wants to renew a passport quickly or for those who are travelling in less than 4 weeks. Urgent services are usually only available for passport renewals, lost stolen or damaged passports and first time child passports.

Bear in mind that your appointment with the Passport Customer Service Centre can be up to three weeks in advance from the date that you book it. A premium 1-day service is available for appointments on certain days, at certain times and at certain locations, all of which are listed on the Foreign Office website.

Please note that passport offices can get quite busy at peak times, especially in the months April, August and September. To avoid disappointment, we recommend calling and booking your passport appointment as soon as possible. We also recommend not booking a holiday until you’re sure your passport is valid or will arrive before your departure date.

Below are the prices of a fast-track new passport service from the Foreign Office:

Passport type Fast track service cost (1 week)
Renew a standard adult 32-page passport £142
Change or amend a standard adult 32-page passport £75.50
Replace a lost, stolen or damaged adult passport £75.50
First child passport £122
Renew or amend a child passport £49
Replace a lost, stolen or damaged child passport £49

If you have found that either you or your child’s passport is out of date, lost, stolen or damaged, but you do not need a replacement urgently, then you can apply online, through the Post Office’s Check and Send service, by completing the form in an application pack and sending it through by post, or at a regional passport office.

It usually takes up to 3 weeks to receive your new passport in the post.

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