Passport renewal can be quite a chore. And while this is a pretty simple process, it can get rather tricky. This is especially true if you’re not familiar with the process. Now, the last thing that you want is to get this process wrong, as it can be incredibly inconvenient and will waste a lot of your time. Because of this, we thought it would be useful to put together a short article on how you can effectively and efficiently get through this entire ordeal. If this is something that you want to learn more about, read on for three useful passport renewal tips that you should know about.
Know When You Need to Renew Your Passport
One common mistake that many people have been making is bringing in their passports for renewal earlier than they have to. This is mainly due to the cover of the UK passports changing since leaving the EU. Some people have falsely assumed that they need to have their passports renewed as the new UK passports are blue. This just isn’t true. You can keep using your burgundy passport until the date it’s set to be renewed. Remember that the new blue passports will only be issued when you renew or apply for a new passport.
Apply for a Passport Online
Many of you may not know this but the GOV.UK website has options for renewing passports. In fact, renewing online will even save you money as it allows you to avoid expenses associated with using the post office. How much you pay will fully depend on how fast you want the process to be done. Here’s a quick breakdown of the prices:
- Adult ‘Fast-track’ (around one week) – £142 (£152 for the jumbo 50-page passport).
- Adult ‘Premium service’ (around one day) – £177 for the one-day premium service (£187 for the 50-pager).
- Child (around three weeks) – £49 online (£59 for the jumbo 50-page passport) or £58.50 by paper (£68.50 for the 50-pager).
- Child ‘Fast-track’ (around one week) – £122 (£132 for the jumbo 50-page passport). There’s no premium one-day service for child passports.
Check All of the Requirements Carefully
Lastly, be sure to check all of the renewal requirements carefully. Having all your requirements ready will make the entire process of passport renewal incredibly easy. Luckily, you won’t really need a lot of documents when renewing your passport.
If you’re renewing online, all you need to do is to present a current photo of yourself, a credit or debit card, and your current passport. When renewing the old-fashioned way, you need to accomplish a paper application form that you can get from any posts office. After filling out this form, all you need to do is to send a cheque along with two printed passport photos.
We hope this article proves to be useful when it comes to helping you renew your passport. While this may seem rather tedious, things don’t have to be difficult. As long as you follow these tips, renewal should be a breeze. Be sure to keep all of these tips in mind so you can make the most informed decisions about your passport renewal.
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