Passport Check & Send

For just £9.75 you can get your passport application right first time using Check & Send, a service that's recommended by Her Majesty's Passport Office. Get ready for your holiday with the Post Office.

Key benefits

  • Peace of mind: from the form to the photos we’ll make sure everything meets the approved standard
  • Secure: we’ll send your application by Special Delivery™
  • Save time: Up to one third of applications sent to Her Majesty's Passport Office directly are delayed due to basic errors. Avoid these delays by using Check & Send

Getting started

Pick up a Passport Application form at a local participating Post Office® branch, fill it in and take it – documentation and photos - back to your Post Office®.

Come in before 5.30pm and our counter staff will check that you’ve filled in all the right boxes, signed where necessary, have the right documentation and that your photos are suitable. They’ll then send it off for you using Special Delivery™.

Getting your timings right

Did you know? You can carry forward up to 9 months from your existing passport.

It should take three weeks for your passport application to be processed so make sure you leave enough time.

Bear in mind that Check & Send is not a guaranteed service, so you should not book your travel until you've received your new passport. If you do, it's at your own risk.

It takes at least six weeks to get your first UK adult passport as you may be asked to attend an interview.

If you need a passport urgently or to find out more about applying for one, visit the website.

Completing your form

  • Always use a black ballpoint pen and capital letters
  • Black out mistakes with a pen – don’t cross them out or use correction fluid
  • Write within the white boxes and keep all signatures within the border
  • Always bring in original documents and not photocopies
  • Make sure you have two colour photographs, taken within the last month, and that they meet all the requirements shown in the guide that comes with your application form

The price of a passport depends on the type you’re applying for, and the speed of service you choose. Check & Send handling charge adds just £9.75 to your passport fee. If you were born on or before 2 September 1929, you don’t have to pay our Check & Send fee.

  Passport fee Plus Check & Send
Adults (aged 16 and over)
Renew or amend an existing adult passport £72.50 £82.25
First adult passport - if you have previously held a child passport issued in the UK £72.50 £82.25
First adult passport - if you have never held a child passport issued in the UK £72.50 £82.25
Replace a lost, stolen or damaged adult passport £72.50 £82.25
Extend a restricted validity child passport issued on or after 1 May 2008 £72.50 £82.25
Jumbo (48-page) passport £85.50 £95.25
Children (aged under 16)
First child passport (includes those who were previously on a parent's passport) £46.00 £55.75
Renew or amend an existing child passport £46.00 £55.75
Replace a lost, stolen or damaged child passport £46.00 £55.75
Extend a restricted validity child passport issued on or after 1 May 2008 £46.00 £55.75
Adults born on or before 2 September 1929

Standard 32-page ten-year passport
(for a jumbo - 48 page -passport see prices above)

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Can we help?

For any general enquiries, call:

0345 611 2970

8.30am-6pm, Mon-Fri

8.30am-2pm, Sat

Closed Sun and bank holidays

Or contact Her Majesty's Passport Office on:

0300 222 0000

8am-8pm Mon-Fri

9am-5.30pm, Sat, Sun and bank holidays