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Postal and online applications are about to be raised on both adult and child passports
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The costs of applying for a British passport has been raised.
Additionally, for the first time, it will cost more to apply for one via post than to get it done online.
The cost of an adult passport is to go up from £72.50 to £85 for postal applications, with the fee for applying online going up to £75.50, according to the Mirror .
A child’s passport will be increased by almost 30 per cent by the Home Office if applications are done through the post, with the cost rising from £46 to £58.50.
Online passport applications will increase to £49.
The Home Office says it wants to shift the cost of passport services onto travellers to make it less of a burden on taxpayers.
The changes, which apply to postal applications, come into effect on March 27 after being approved by Parliament.
The Home Office says the rise is nothing to do with bringing back blue passports once Britain exits the European Union (EU).
The Home Office announcement said the price rises were part of a £100million border security and infrastructure investment.
Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said: "The passport is an invaluable document that allows millions of British people to travel around the world for business and pleasure.
"Our priority is to ensure that UK travellers have a secure, effective, and efficient service from the point of application to the time they pass through the UK border and it is only right that we should look at this whole process when setting our fees.
"These proposals will ensure that those people who don’t travel abroad are not footing the bill for those who do."
Yes. You can renew your passport at any time. If you get a new passport now, any time left on your old passport will be transferred to your new one, up to a maximum of nine months.
So, if your current passport expires before December 27, 2018, it is worth getting a new one now.
HM Passport Office says it has plans to call in around 200 additional workers to cope with extra demand before prices go up.
It normally takes around three weeks for a new passport to arrive.
You can apply for, renew, or update your passport online, via www.gov.uk/apply-renew-passport .
You can also get a paper form from a Post Office which offers the Passport Check and Send service. Staff will check your photo and application is all OK before sending it off to be approved.

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