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Apply now for passport and beat the New Year rush

Apply now for passport and beat the New Year rush

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If you need to renew your passport, it’s just the right time. You can get a new document in just 10 days, if you apply now and beat the New Year rush.

The Home Office says its low season for passport applications from now until Christmas; and anyone needing a straightforward renewal of their existing passport can expect a rapid service.

Renewing now will take, on average, as little as 10 days from filling in the form to receiving a new passport. Travellers will be able to carry over up to nine months unexpired time from their existing passport and avoid the additional cost of paying for an urgent renewal process.

Chief Executive of the Identity and Passport Service Sarah Rapson says  ‘If your passport expires before 18 July next year, you can renew now, avoid the rush and stress, and carry over all your unexpired time.

‘Apart from avoiding last minute worries, it simply makes good financial sense to renew your passport in sufficient time. Renew now and you can save more than £50 compared to the cost of an urgent renewal.’

Normal renewal costs £77.50 and passports can be delivered in an average of less than ten days. By contrast, waiting until nearer the time of travel and using IPS’s seven day or same day guaranteed service could cost up to £129.50.

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