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Find out how long your passport application is likely to take.

Processing times in the UK

You’ll usually get your passport within 3 weeks.

It may take longer than 3 weeks if we need more information, or we need to interview you. We’ll tell you this within 3 weeks.

There are different turnaround times if you’re applying from another country.

When your application processing time starts

The processing time starts from when we receive your documents.

How to apply

Apply online to use the standard service.

You can also apply with a paper form from a post office. This costs an extra £16.00.

If you need a passport urgently, you can find out more about the Online Premium or 1 week Fast Track services.

Urgent travel for compassionate reasons

If you need a passport to travel urgently for medical treatment, because a friend or family member is seriously ill or has died, or for urgent government business, call the Passport Adviceline.

If you’ve already applied

You can track your passport application.