Passport cost and fees for adults, children and OAPs in the UK?

If you need a new passport, you should renew as soon as possible to help avoid delays in the system – but how much will you need to and who will get one for free?

Here we look at the cost of getting a new or replacement passport for adults, children and OAPs..

How much are new passports?Find out how much you will need to pay for your passport. (Credit: Pete Barden)

How much is a new passport?

What you pay for a new passport – or if you pay at all – depends on your age and how you apply for the new document.

Applying for a new passport online is the cheapest way to do this, and documents for children are also cheaper than the adult version.

Passport fees for standard applications

The following fees are how much you will need to pay for a standard passport application – rather than a fast-track etc – depending on age and how you apply.

Type of passport Apply online Apply by paper form
Adult (16 and over) standard 34-page passport £75.50 £85
Adult (16 and over) 50-page frequent traveller passport £85.50 £95
Child (under 16) standard 34-page passport £49 £58.50
Child (under 16) 50-page frequent traveller passport £59 £68.50
Passport for people born on or before 2 September 1929 Free Free

How can I pay for my passport - can I use cash?

The way you pay for your passport can depend on the method you use for the application - but cash, card and cheque can be accepted if you choose the right passport application. See the following table for payment methods accepted by each type of passport application. 

How to pay

Depending on how you apply, you can pay by:

  • debit or credit card
  • cash
  • cheque or postal order (payable to the correct organisation, and write the application barcode numbers on the back)
  Debit or credit card accepted Cheque or postal order Cash
Apply using the Post Office Passport Check and Send service Yes Postal order payable to ‘Post Office Ltd’

Cheques not accepted
Yes
Apply by post Yes - complete the form in the application pack Cheque or postal order payable to ‘Her Majesty’s Passport Office’ No
Apply online Yes No No

Fees for returning supporting documents such as birth certificate

Supporting documents (such birth certificates) are sent back to you for free by normal second class post.

If you want these important documents sent back by secure delivery, you will typically be charged £5 for this. Choose this when making your application.

Do OAPs get free passports?

Not all OAPs in the UK will get a free passport - only those people born on or before 2 September 1929 will get a free passport. 

How much is the 1 week Fast Track passport service?

If, like many travellers at present, you urgently need to update your passport after Covid lockdowns and delays, you can try to get an appointment for the 1 week Fast Track service offered by HM Passport office. 

This type of application costs more than the standard postal or online service. Here are the charges:

  • £142 for an adult passport (or £152 for a 50 page frequent traveller passport)
  • £122 for a child passport (or £132 for a 50 page frequent traveller passport)

You can book an appointment for this fast-track passport service here.

How much for the same-day passport application?

This service is for urgent renewals and the fastest you can get a passport is two days from the time you apply. However, there is currently heavy pressure on this service and getting an appointment is likely to take considerably longer. 

You will need to apply, pay and book an appointment online. 

You’ll get your new passport at your appointment and these appointments can last up to 30 minutes.

The service costs £177 (or £187 for a 50 page frequent traveller passport).

You can apply for the online premium passport service here.

How to track your passport application when it is in the system

The ability to track your passport can make the application process more manageable for those desperately awaiting a new document. Here’s how to track the various forms of applications:

Paper application passport tracking:

You need: To track your paper application you will need the barcode number from your application form.
When: You will need to leave three weeks after you apply before you can track your application.
Where to track: Log on here to track the status of your passport application.

Post Office Check & Send application passport tracking:

You need: To track your Check & Send application you will need the number from your receipt.
When: You will need to leave three weeks after you apply before you can track your application.
Where to track: Log on here to track the status of your passport application.

Online application passport tracking:

You need: To track your online application you will need to save your username and password when you apply. Be sure to make a note of it – the details are only given out once.
When: You will then be able to log in and track whenever you want.
Where to track: Log on here to track the status of your online passport application.

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