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MSE News: Passport prices to increase

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Online passport application prices are set to increase by £3 and postal applications by £12.50 - but there's a way to lock in the cheaper prices if you're due to renew this year...
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  • edited 30 January 2018 at 4:18PM
    One-EyeOne-Eye Forumite
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    edited 30 January 2018 at 4:18PM
    Cost of passport:

    1999 £28
    2002 £30 (Jan)
    2002 £33 (Nov)
    2003 £42
    2005 £51
    2006 £61
    2007 £72
    2009 £77.50
    2012 £72.50
    2018 £75.50/£85


  • mromro Forumite
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    One-Eye wrote: »
    Cost of passport:

    1999 £28
    2002 £30 (Jan)
    2002 £33 (Nov)
    2003 £42
    2005 £51
    2006 £61
    2007 £72
    2009 £77.50
    2012 £72.50
    2017 £75.50/£85
    That last line should be 2018.

    It says below that it currently costs £72.50 and is increasing to £72.50(online)/£85(post) in March.


    Cost of British passport to increase
    The price of a British passport is to rise by £12.50 from 27 March for those applying by post.

    Currently, an adult's passport costs £72.50 regardless of how you apply for it but under government plans this would rise by 17% up to £85.

    The cost of online applications will also go up - but only by £3 to £75.50.

    Fantastic, another whopping increase people can't afford !
  • photomephotome Forumite
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    still cheap

    even at the most expensive its only £8.50 a year
  • Kim_13Kim_13 Forumite
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    Cheap if you go abroad often I suppose, but very expensive for those who might only go once or twice in the lifetime of the passport.
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  • mgdavidmgdavid Forumite
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    MSE Megan - there are already 3 other threads on this subject, did you not think to check first?
    The questions that get the best answers are the questions that give most detail....
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    Kim_13 wrote: »
    Cheap if you go abroad often I suppose, but very expensive for those who might only go once or twice in the lifetime of the passport.

    When you take into account a one day entry ticket to Alton Towers is £50, is £75.50 for a 10 year passport really that expensive?
  • photomephotome Forumite
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    Kim_13 wrote: »
    Cheap if you go abroad often I suppose, but very expensive for those who might only go once or twice in the lifetime of the passport.


    Even if used twice it’s only £40 on top of the cost of the trip
  • edited 2 February 2018 at 9:40PM
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    edited 2 February 2018 at 9:40PM
    mro wrote: »
    Fantastic, another whopping increase people can't afford !

    yet they can afford to go on foreign holiday, how curious.

    I'd hardly class a £3 increase for a 10 year service to be a whopping increase.
  • mromro Forumite
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    tastyhog wrote: »
    yet they can afford to go on foreign holiday, how curious.

    I'd hardly class a £3 increase for a 10 year service to be a whopping increase.
    It's £12.50 increase or 17% increase. ;)
  • edited 6 February 2018 at 9:42AM
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    edited 6 February 2018 at 9:42AM
    When you take into account a one day entry ticket to Alton Towers is £50, is £75.50 for a 10 year passport really that expensive?

    The link between a passport and a day ticket to alton towers is pretty tenuous. Especially when you consider you can buy a season pass for £55, so the cost per day isn't linear.

    Alton Towers has to provide an expensive service every time you visit, while the passport cost is all up front.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/118636/17949-breakdown-costs-passport.pdf

    Application Processing £31.60
    FCO Consular Premium £15.62
    Production & Personalisation of Book £10.79
    Delivery £3.30
    Overhead/Administration £16.19
    Total £77.50

    I'm pretty sure however that all those numbers are made up to come to the figure they want. They've decided they want a new total and they're now busy working out how to make it look reasonable.
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