Renew or replace your adult passport

2. Renew

If your passport’s expired, you must renew it before you can travel.

You can renew your passport at any time. When you renew your passport, time left on your existing passport is added to your new one, up to a maximum of 9 months.

If your passport will expire soon you might need to renew it before travelling. Check the entry requirements of the countries you’re visiting before booking travel.

You must replace your passport if it’s been lost, stolen or damaged rather than renew it.

Renew online

You can renew your passport online.

Renew using a paper application form

You can get a paper application form by either:

You can use the Check and Send service if you’re using a paper form.


If you use the new online passport renewal service you’ll need someone to take a photo of you using a digital camera or smartphone.

If you use the old ‘existing’ online service, send your application by post or use the Passport Check and Send service, you’ll need 2 identical new photos of yourself.

Your application can be delayed if you don’t follow the rules about passport photos.


If you can’t be recognised from the photo in your existing passport, get your application form and 1 of your photos signed by someone else to prove your identity.

How to pay

You’ll need a credit or debit card to apply online.

If you apply by post, you can either pay by:

  • debit or credit card - fill in the form in the application pack
  • cheque - made payable to ‘Her Majesty’s Passport Office’

Unexpired visas

Send your previous passport with the visa attached to it with your application. Your previous passport will be returned to you.

You’ll be able to use the visa if you carry both passports.