Restricted validity passports

Policy setting out the process for issuing restricted validity passports.


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Restricted validity passports

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This guidance tells Her Majesty’s Passport Office examiners about passport validity, when we will issue a passport with restricted validity, and how to process an application when the customer sends us a restricted validity passport.

Published 7 February 2012
Last updated 18 March 2021 + show all updates
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