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Home Office announces plans to increase passport fees from April 11, 2024





The price of a new British passport is set to become more expensive from next month.

The Home Office has announced plans to increase the cost of applications by 7%.

The Home Office wants to increase passport fees. Image: iStock.
The Home Office wants to increase passport fees. Image: iStock.

Raising prices for new or replacement documents, say border officials, will help the Home Office move towards a system that meets its costs through those who use it, as it attempts to scale back the Passport Office's reliance on funding from general taxation.

The government insists it makes no profit from the cost of applications - with the fees people pay contributing both to the cost of processing applications alongside meeting budgets for additional services such as consular support overseas, including help with lost or stolen passports and the cost of processing British citizens at UK borders.

People renewing their passport have just weeks left to do so at current prices. Image: iStock.
People renewing their passport have just weeks left to do so at current prices. Image: iStock.

The cost of online applications made within the UK for people aged 16 and above will increase from £82.50 to £88.50 under the proposals while passports for children under 16 will cost £57.50, up from £53.50 currently.

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A standard postal application will increase to £100.00 for adults and £69.00 for children alongside price hikes for those applying from overseas.

The changes, which are subject to parliamentary approval, are due to come into force from April 11.

The Home Office says the government makes no profit from passport applications. Image: iStock.
The Home Office says the government makes no profit from passport applications. Image: iStock.

Passport fees last rose in February last year.

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The Home Office said in a statement: “The new fees will help ensure that income from these applications better meets the cost of delivering passport and associated operations, reducing reliance on funding from general taxation.

“The Government does not make any profit from the cost of passport applications.

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“The fees contribute to the cost of processing passport applications, consular support overseas including for lost or stolen passports, and the cost of processing British citizens at UK borders.

“The increase will also help enable the Government to continue improving its services.”



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