Passport rules: How do you get and apply for a passport in the UK and USA?

Passport rules: How do you get and apply for a passport in the UK and USA?

Anyone who needs to apply for a passport shortly have a range of options to choose for when applying in the UK. If you are renewing your passport, it will take around three weeks but those in need of a renewal urgently, can get a passport in two days. US passports can be applied for online or in person, and the US Department of State has a handy passport wizard to guide you to the right form you need to fill out.

How to apply for a passport in the UK

You can apply for a passport online or by completing a paper application.

A standard adult 34-page passport costs £75 if you apply online, but you pay £10 extra if you apply through a paper form from the Post Office.

A jumbo 50-page passport costs £85.50 and £95 through a paper application.

A child (under 16) passport cost £49 and £58.50 if you apply through the Post Office.

Anyone born before September 2, 1929 can obtain passports for free.

It costs £75.50 to renew or replace your passport if you apply online, and it should take three weeks to arrive.

But it could take longer if your application has not been completed correctly.

You can track your passport application immediately if you apply online or after three weeks if you apply by post.

Your new passport will be sent to you by courier or Royal Mail.

They will either post if through your letterbox, hand it to you if you’re home or leave a card or post a letter saying how you can get it (it won’t state the package is your passport).

You can apply for your first adult passport if you’re a British national, aged 16 or over and never had a UK passport before.

An adult passport is valid for 10 years.

Getting your first passport should take about six weeks, according to government guidance.

To get a passport urgently, you need to book a passport office appointment, attend in person and pay online.

You can book an appointment up to three weeks in advance.

There are three ways to apply for a passport, with the paper premium service you can get a new passport four hours after your appointment.

The online premium service allows you to get a new passport at your appointment.

The earliest you get an appointment is two days from when you apply.

The one week fast track service delivers a new passport to your home within one week of your appointment. This option cost £142 for a standard adult passport or £122 for a child’s passport.

How to get a passport in the US

In the US, you can apply for a passport online or in person.

There are different forms you need to fill out depending on whether it’s the first time you are applying, or renewing an adult’s passport etc.

The DS-11 form is for anyone applying for the first time, children under 16, applicants 16-17, anyone not eligible for Form DS-82.

A DS-82 form is for anyone renewing an adult’s passport, US citizen living in Canada who are eligible to renew by mail.

An a DS-5504 form is for people who are changing a name within yer of your passport being issued, correcting a passport error, or replacing a limited-validity passport within two years.

The helpful passport wizard directs anyone applying to the right form they will need.

Published at Wed, 09 Jan 2019 23:01:00 +0000

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