British Passport Renewal Changes

Effective September 9, 2013


UK PassportWe are making important changes to the way we deliver British passports. From September 9, 2013, you should submit passport applications to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK for processing. [Not via the British Embassy website in Washington anymore]. All the information needed to complete the passport application process, is available here – address to send passport applications/renewals to is on this website.

If you cannot find the information you need on the GOV.UK website, please contact the Passport Adviceline in UK +44 300 222 0000.

You should avoid leaving applying for your passport until the last minute. You can apply to renew your passport at any time. Any remaining validity up to nine months will be transferred from your old passport to your new one.

If you are renewing your passport, you should allow at least four weeks from the date the fee is taken and all the correct documentation has been received. If you are applying for the first time or you are replacing a lost or stolen passport, you should allow at least six weeks. Your application may take longer if HM Passport Office needs to request further information.

You should not book travel until you have received your new passport. The British Government cannot accept responsibility for costs incurred if travel is booked and subsequently cancelled before the passport has been received.

You will receive your new passport and supporting documents separately.


The Home Office is the lead government department on nationality matters. If you have an enquiry about eligibility for British citizenship or nationality, information can be found at:


If you need to travel urgently but your normal passport is not available, you should contact the nearest Consular Assistance team. In certain circumstances our staff may be able to issue an Emergency Travel Document but this is not a substitute for a full UK passport.

– Florida British Vice Consul-General, Miami


3 Responses to British Passport Renewal Changes

  1. Ellis June 18, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    As a UK citizen and green card holder living n the US, it was with some trepidation that I applied to renew my passport by sending off the printed application form and photos etc via registered post from the US to the passport office in Durham (reg. post cost approx 17 USD).

    I needn’t have worried… I sent my details off on June 1st 2015 and my new passport was delivered today, June 18th 2015, by DHL. My old passport arrived yesterday via DHL too.

    Super fast service :)

  2. Bill October 28, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I was shocked and outraged to see that it would cost me $430 to renew my EU / UK passport. What the!!??? Last passport, ten years ago, cost about $100. Then I hear it takes forever to get the new pass book.

    What is going on and why in no one discussing this?

  3. andrea April 29, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Nobody is talking about it because it simply doesn’t cost that much…I paid about £120, and my new passport arrived by DHL about 2 weeks after I applied. If you paid more you maybe went through a 3rd party expedited passport service? They’re a rip-off!

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