European passport return service
The European passport return service is for EEA and Swiss nationals to keep their passport while their online application is being processed.
The European passport return service allows you to request a participating local authority to photocopy your European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss passport and send a copy to the Home Office.
You can only use this service if you have made an online application for a registration certificate or a document certifying permanent residence using an EEA or Swiss passport. You will not be able to use a national identity card.
Make an appointment
You must contact a local authority to book an appointment to use this service. They will be able to tell you what the appointment times are. You can also use the premium service centre in Belfast.
You can check where your nearest local authority or premium service centre is that offers this service and how to contact them below.
You must book your appointment before of submitting your application form online. The appointment date must be within a maximum of 5 days of submitting your application.
The local authority or premium service centre will tell you the fee you must pay to use this service.
What you need to bring with you
You will need to bring your:
- original passport
- a copy of your checklist
- a printed copy of your application form
Using the service does not guarantee the success of your application. Local authorities cannot provide any help on your application form or advise if you have fully completed it.
There may be instances where the Home Office could contact you to request for your original passport after you submit your application.