Passports will cost more from next month - here's what you need to know

The new passport fees are set to come into effect on February 2, 2023.

British UK passports to cost more from next month as February price change comes into force UK Government

The cost of applying for a passport is set to increase for the first time in five years from the beginning of February.

The fee for a standard online application made within the UK will rise from the current price of £75.50 to £82.50 for adults and £49 to £53.50 for children.

Postal applications will also increase from the current price of £85 to £93 for adults, and £58.80 to £64 for children.

Priority service fees are also being aligned so that all customers will pay the same.

The new passport fees, set to come into effect on February 2, 2023 are subject to parliamentary scrutiny.

The UK Government said that the new fees will help the Home Office move towards a system that meets its costs through those who use it, and reducing reliance on funding from general taxation. 

It added that the government does not make any profit from the cost of passport applications.

The fees will also 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.

The new fees include those newly applying or renewing their passport.

Since January last year, over 95% of standard applications have been processed within ten weeks and customers are advised that they should apply in good time before travelling.

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