The Minister of State for Immigration (Mark Harper): With effect from 13 May 2013, the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) will be re-named and its functions carried out under the name of Her Majesty’s Passport Office.
The new title reflects the role of Her Majesty’s Passport Office in issuing passports to citizens of the United Kingdom on behalf of the Crown under the exercise of the Royal Prerogative. It also reflects the policy of Her Majesty’s Government to end the previous administration’s plans for identity cards. Her Majesty’s Passport Office will retain responsibility for the work of the General Register Office for England and Wales.
The change in name does not affect the validity of existing British passports nor the form and content of future British passports.