On February 2, 2023, the government will institute new passport fees for all applications, marking the first time in five years that the cost of applying for a passport has increased.
Parliamentary review of the proposals will result in the following:
There will be an increase from £75.50 to £82.50 for an adult applying online from the UK, and from £49 to £53.50 for a child.
Application fees sent through the mail will go up from £85 for adults to £93, and from £58.50 for children to £64.
The prices for the most urgent services are being standardised so that everyone pays the same.
When submitting an application for a British passport from outside the country, the standard online application fee will increase from £86.00 to £94.00 for adults and from £56.00 to £61.00 for children.
The new prices for adults are £95.50 and £104.50, respectively, while the new prices for children are £65.50 and £71.50.
The Home Office will be less reliant on funding from general taxation thanks to the new fees, which will help it move toward a system that meets its costs through those who use it. Passport fees are not used to line the government’s coffers.
Passport applications, consular assistance abroad (including replacement of lost or stolen passports), and the cost of processing British citizens at UK borders will all be supported in part by the fees. The increase will also allow the government to maintain its focus on service improvement.
New applicants and current passport holders alike will be subject to the increased costs.
Over 95% of standard applications since January 2017 have been processed within 10 weeks, and customers are urged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible before embarking on their trips.
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