Online: Complete the online application form (please note, there is a different application form if applying from outside of the UK), upload a digital photo, pay the fee using direct debit or credit card and send your old passport back in the post. Your new passport will arrive in the post, and you will also receive your old passport back.
By post: Paper application form (you can get a form from the Post Office or by calling the passport advice line and requesting one to be sent). Fill in the paper form, send back with two identical printed photos, pay by credit card, debit card or by cheque. You will receive your new passport through the post, and you will also receive your old passport back.
The easiest way to apply for a passport is online through the official government website (https://www.gov.uk/renew-adult-passport). Unfortunately, we are aware of various recent attempts by scammers to steal personal data and take money by offering fake ‘fast track’ services to help holiday makers beat any potential delays. We urge customers to be on the lookout and to take care when renewing or applying for passports. Please ensure that you are only using official government channels.
See www.gov.uk/renew-adult-passport for more details about how to apply for a new passport.