British Passport Changes (UK)
If you need to make any changes to your passport such as changing your last name due to marriage, changing your passport picture etc then you will need to renew your passport. Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) does not permit any revisions to passports, should you need to make any revisions then you will have to renew and discard the old passport.
If using the Premium 1 Day or Fast Track 1 Week service then you will pay the passport fee on the day of your appointment. If you are renewing via the Post Office or via Gov.uk website then payment needs to be made to HM Passport Office as they are the only authorized body to charge for the passport fee. You can renew your passport via the Standard Application process, 1 Week Fast Track Service or HMPO’s’ 1 Day Premium Service.
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The standard service takes up to 6 weeks and so it is advisable to take advantage of the Fast Track or Premium Services if you are travelling within the next 4 weeks. We can assist you with all three services and can book you a free appointment for the one week and one day services.
Will Changes Prevent Me from Travelling?
This depends on the exact change. If you have drastically changed your look or matured since your passport picture was taken then it could cause problems at the airport. Some changes may prevent you from leaving the country whilst others will be unlikely to hinder your travel plans. We strongly recommend that you check before travelling. You can contact us via phone on 0203 600 1984 , email or live 121 web chat.
Is My Passport Valid?
Whilst a British passport is valid until the expiry date printed on it, Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) has advised that some countries require you to have up to 6 months left on your passport in order to gain entry. Renewing an Adult Passport will add a further 10 years to the expiry date.
Passport Advice & Services advises that that you renew your passport if you have less than 6 months left on it, this ensures that you do not run into difficulty should your trip be delayed or you’re out the country for a greater length of time then you originally anticipated.
If you have less than 9 months left on your adult passport then you may be able to have the remaining time added to your new passport. And so if you have 5 months left before your passport runs out, your new passport will be valid for 10 years and 5 months. Need guidance? Call: 0203 600 1984