What can I do? You can upgrade your application from routine processing to expedited processing for an additional $60. You may also choose to add a 1-2 delivery service of your completed passport book for an additional $18.32. One-to-two day delivery is not available for
Ways to fast track your passport application
Travellers can speed up the application through two measures - the one week fast track service, or Online Premium Service. The Fast Track service costs £142 for an adult passport or £122 for a child passport.
A Home Office spokesperson told Travel Gossip the Passport Office provides an expedited service for applicants who can prove they are due to travel within the next two weeks.
You may be able to upgrade your application to use the Fast Track or Premium service if you've already applied to renew your passport by post or through the Check and Send service. Upgrades are usually only available in special circumstances – eg you've had to change your travel plans at short notice.
If your passport doesn't arrive in time
Speak to your travel provider(s) to see if there's anything they can do. They might not be able to provide a refund, but you might be able to change the dates of your trip or offer credit vouchers to rebook.
True to its title, the 1 Week Fast Track service can get you a new passport in just 1 (one) week. It can be used to renew old passports (or replace a lost or damaged passport), apply for a new child's passport or change the personal details written in your current passport.
Fill out your DS-82 application and collect your documents. Be sure to include the $60 expedite fee in addition to the normal application fee. See Passport Fees for more information. Clearly mark "EXPEDITE" on the outside of the envelope.
You can either apply using the online premium service or the one week fast track service. The online option, which can only be used to renew an adult passport issued after 31 December 2001, costs £177 (or £187 for a 50-page frequent traveller passport).
You can use 1 week Fast Track to: renew an adult or child passport that has expired or that is about to expire. change personal details on your passport (for example your name, place of birth or gender) replace a lost, stolen or damaged passport.
You can apply for an emergency travel document (sometimes called an 'emergency passport') if you're abroad, need to travel and cannot get a passport in time. If you're in the UK you should apply for a passport urgently.
Processing times in the UK
Allow up to 10 weeks to receive your passport. There are different turnaround times if you're applying from another country.
Since April 2021, HM Passport Office has been advising people to allow up to ten weeks when applying for their British passport. Between January and July 2022, 96.4% of applications from the UK were completed within 10 weeks.
There are two main avenues for renewing your passport through the Post Office, which will be outlined below. It is important to remember that both of these will take time. The digital check and send service will take around 4 weeks to process, while the paper check and send service will take at least a week longer.
Best way to apply for your passport
If you need to submit extra documents, the ten days processing time starts when we receive them. If you have already submitted a paper application, you cannot apply online. Passport Online is the fastest way to apply for or renew your passport.
If you are overseas and your U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until June 30, 2022. You qualify to travel on your expired passport if all the following are true: You are a U.S. citizen.
The vast majority of all passport applications are being dealt with well within 10 weeks. However, a passport can only be issued once all the checks have been completed satisfactorily and will take longer if applications are submitted with missing or incomplete information.
"Passport website advice says the only days they don't deliver are bank and public holidays, with no mention of weekends."
Your passport must be: issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the 'date of issue') valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the 'expiry date')
1 day Premium service
You can get your passport the same day if you provide a completed application form, two photos and supporting documents. Your passport is usually ready to collect four hours after your appointment. It costs £177 to renew a standard adult 32-page passport.
Call the passport advice line on 0300 222 0000.
Can I leave the UK while waiting for my UK Citizenship application to be processed? Yes, once you have applied for British Citizenship, you can travel outside the UK while your application is being considered.
You can call the HMPO at +44 (0)300 222 0000. (If you are in the UK, the number is 0300 222 0000).
If you're renewing or replacing a passport
You must bring your old passport to the Post Office if you still have it. If you've changed your name, you'll also need to bring proof of your new name (like a marriage certificate).
You won't get your passport immediately after the interview. The new passport is sent through a safe courier in 14 days. If you need to track the status of your passport and application, you can call the advance line at the HM Passport Office.