Get a passport urgently

How to apply

Premium and Fast Track services are temporarily unavailable because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Phone the Passport Adviceline if you need a passport urgently for compassionate reasons, for example if a family member has died, or for government business.

You need to book a passport office appointment and pay online. You can book an appointment up to 3 weeks in advance.

Use the non-urgent service:

  • to apply for a first adult passport
  • if you do not need your passport within the next 3 weeks

If you’re outside the UK, you cannot get an urgent passport - apply for an emergency travel document instead.

The rules for passports, driving, EHIC cards, pet travel and more may change after 1 January 2021. Act now so you can travel as planned.

Ways to apply

There are 3 ways to apply for an urgent passport.

As part of the application, you’ll need to attend an appointment at your nearest passport office.

Online Premium

You get your new passport at your appointment. Appointments last up to 30 minutes.

You can use this service to renew an adult passport.

Use the Online Premium service.

Paper Premium

You usually get your new passport 4 hours after your appointment.

You can use this service to:

  • renew an adult passport
  • change the name on your passport (with a marriage or civil partnership certificate)

Use the Paper Premium service.

1 week Fast Track

Your new passport is delivered to your home within 1 week of your appointment. Someone might need to be in to sign for it.

You can use this service to:

  • renew an adult or child passport
  • change your name on your passport (for example with a marriage certificate or deed poll)
  • make changes to your personal details on your passport (for example, your gender)
  • replace a lost, stolen or damaged passport
  • apply for a first child passport

Use the 1 week Fast Track service.

If you cannot apply online

You can book your appointment and pay by calling the passport adviceline.

If you’ve already applied for a passport

You may be able to upgrade an existing passport application in exceptional circumstances - call the passport adviceline to find out.