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What is the current processing time?

Type of Passport ApplicationCurrent Average Turnaround Times
Great Britain Renewals 21 working days
Great Britain First Time Applications 31 working days (minimum)
Great Britain Passport Express** 17 working days

**There are only two post offices currently offering a Passport Express service in Great Britain. For more information view our website.


Applicants are strongly advised not to book flights until they have their passport



The processing time outlined above is not a service delivery guarantee. If you are travelling within that time, you/someone on your behalf should make an appointment to submit the application in person at the counter of the Passport Office, 114A Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ES with proof of travel and all necessary documents (listed on the application form notes). We will then endeavour to have the passport ready prior to travel. We require a minimum of 5 to 10 working days for this service.

The office is open from 9.30 to 16.30, Monday to Friday for those travelling urgently. You should make an appointment by booking online, to guarantee a time slot, before visiting the Passport Office at 114a Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ES. Priority for appointments will be given to those with urgent travel needs.