Paper Check & Send: How it works

Our Paper form Check & Send service helps you get your application right first time with specially trained Postmasters for just £16 + Passport and Photo fees.​​

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Complete the form

Complete a passport application form, which is available to pick up at participating branches.

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Take your photo

You'll need to submit 2 compliant, colour photos that have been certified. Alternatively we can do this for you in some branches. ​

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We’ll check it’s right

Bring your application form, photos and any supporting documents to selected branches and we'll check them to make sure they meet all HM Passport Office requirements.​

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We'll send it off

We’ll send your application off to HM Passport Office by Special Delivery, so you can get back to planning your trip.​

Paper Check & Send: Preparing for your application

You can use this service if:
  • You don't need a passport urgently. 
What you need:
  • Birth/Adoption certificate or naturalisation certificate​​
  • Parent’s passport details (if applicable)​
  • Date of Parent’s marriage (if applicable)​
  • Grandparent’s documents (if applicable)

You will need a countersignatory

If applying for your If applying for your first UK passport, you'll need to get someone else (a countersignatory) to sign your form and 2 passport photos to confirm your identity.

This person will be emailed or sent a letter and asked to confirm your identity. Please check with them before you start the application that they are happy to be contacted for confirmation.


The person confirming your identity (the countersignatory) must:​​


  • Have known you personally (or the parent/guardian making the application for a child) for at least 2 years​

  • Must not be related, in a relationship with or living at the same address as the applicant or the person making the application​​

  • Be 18 or older

  • Have a current UK passport and live in the UK

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Top tips for filling in your passport form​

  • Use a black ballpoint pen and write in capitals
  • Bring originals of your supporting documents and not photocopies​
  • Stay within the white boxes and keep your signature within the border​
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Let us do the heavy lifting with a digital application

No fuss. We’ll complete and submit your application for you digitally.

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Paper Check & Send: FAQs

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