British Passport Renewal Changes
|Effective September 9, 2013
CHANGES TO BRITISH PASSPORT SERVICES IN THE UNITED STATES
We 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 www.ujnews.com/information/passports – 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: www.gov.uk/british-passport-eligibility
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