Need to renew your British passport? Go online

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British Embassy News Release: Passport applications for Britons resident overseas must now be made via the GOV.UK website All British residents living in Spain must now make their passport applications online at  The new passport process, which is part of a worldwide changeover, helps to reduce the possibility of making errors that can delay applications.  Applicants will find that the new process, which includes online payment, generates a personalised pack that must be printed, signed and sent with photographs and any additional documentation that may be required to the Passport Office in the UK - and no longer to a British Consulate or Embassy.  Once an application has been submitted, applicants will receive instructions on how to track its progress via the website.  It is important to apply in good time as a new passport will take at least four weeks from the time the completed application pack is received by the Passport Office in the UK, or six weeks if replacing a lost or stolen passport.  “Don’t leave it until the last minute to apply for your passport,” advises Will Middleton, Consular Regional Director for Spain. “You can apply up to nine months in advance and any unexpired time will be added to your new passport.”  Applicants who cannot access the online system or who experience any difficulties should contact the Passport Advice Line on +44 300 222 0000. Useful information: For an online passport application go to: For assistance call the Passport advice line on: +44 300 222 0000


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I can vouch for this service as I applied for my passport to be renewed on Jan 23rd sent via Correo just €4 for recorded delivery, I had followed the instructions on the website, was surprised that photos were not required to be authenticated by a 3rd party as in past. Delighted to report that it has today Feb 12th been delivered by DHL (had received a text from them saying they would deliver it tomorrow !!!!! so not complaining or could have collected it from their depot at El Altet ).  So excellent service ,unfortunately doesn't ease my grumble that living out of UK, the cost is nearly twice the cost of UK residents, particularly when your address is not relevant or recorded.  I would expect to pay the extra delivery cost which is on top of the already inflated fee. Perhaps the consulate could justify that ?. Last I heard was that it was needed to pay the cost of foreign based consulates, Alicante being one of the busiest - mainly attending to feckless .holidaymakers. Not necessarily responsible retired ex-pats who appear to be funding it.


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