You can renew or replace your passport at any time. It costs £72.50, or £82.25 through the Post Office’s Passport Check and Send service.
If you’re living in the UK you can:
renew your passport - if it’s expired or you want it to be valid for longer
replace your passport - if it’s been lost, stolen, damaged or your details have changed
There are different ways to renew or replace your passport if you’re outside the UK.
How long it takes
It should take 3 weeks to get your passport - use a different service if you need it urgently.
It can take longer if more information is needed or your application hasn’t been filled in correctly.
Don’t book travel until you have a valid passport - doing so is at your own risk.
Tracking your passport application
You can track your passport application immediately if you apply online or after 3 weeks if you apply by post.
Getting your new passport
Your new passport will be sent to you either by courier or Royal Mail Recorded Delivery.
The postman or courier will deliver your passport or leave you a card to tell you where to collect your passport or arrange redelivery.
The ‘missed delivery’ card won’t say that the package contains your passport.