Although a brief day trip to France can hopefully still go ahead, the result was a hurriedly arranged break up in Scotland. This was not mummy and daddy’s finest hour.
So what can you do if you find yourself in our position? Are there ways to avoid the lengthy delays that have been the subject of recent newspaper headlines?
The good news is that you can renew a child’s passport in a week using the Fast Track service. It would involve visiting a Passports Office in person and paying a fee (there are offices in London, Newport, Peterborough, Liverpool, Durham, Glasgow and Belfast). This applies to first time applications, renewals and replacements of lost or stolen passports.
Just be advised that a ‘one day’ service is no longer available. This was discontinued in February 2014.
A query the Passports Office often faces from parents is about whether a birth certificate is required when applying for a child’s travel document. It turns out birth certificates are only needed for first time applications (must be the original, not a copy). When it comes to renewals or replacing lost or stolen passports, a birth certificate in not required.
Wherever you’re travelling to this summer, have a great break. Think of us up in Scotland.
More information about children’s passports can be found by following this link.
This post was written in association with the Passport Office.
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