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Need a new passport? Here’s why you should apply for one right now

Fees are set to rise for the first time in five years

Amy Houghton
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Amy Houghton
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Let’s be real: you’ve put off renewing your passport for longer than you care to mention. Life has got in the way and you haven’t even booked this year’s summer holiday anyway. 

But now is the time to get your act together – because on February 2, passport application fees will be rising for the first time in five years. 

Prices for both applications and renewals will rise from £75.50 to £82.59 for adults and from £49 to £53.50 for children. For those submitting applications by post, prices will increase from £85 to £93 for adults and from £58.50 to £64 for children. 

The government said the new fees would ‘help the Home Office move towards a system that meets its costs through those who use it, reducing reliance on funding from general taxation’.

It added that the government does not make any profit from passport costs and that the plans remain subject to parliamentary scrutiny.

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