Not all Post Offices offer the ‘Check and Send’ service. But, the ones that do can check your passport application form.
So, the main advantage of using PO Check and Send is that is less likely that an application will get rejected.
If you apply or renew a passport online you will not be able to use this service. You would need to fill in a paper form from a Post Office to use the passport Check and Send service.
You can submit the completed paper application form, your photos, and supporting documents (if needed) at the Post Office.
Note: You can use the Post Office branch finder to find a Check and Send service near to your postcode. Select ‘Passport Check and Send’ to filter the search function from the drop down list.
How the Check and Send Service Works
Besides ensuring you paid the correct fee, the Post Office Check and Send service will also confirm that you:
- Filled in the correct information in all the right sections of the paper form.
- Submitted the correct format of passport photographs and any supporting documents (where required).
The Post Office will send the application by Special Delivery to HMPO (Her Majesty’s Passport Office). Even so, it does not guarantee a successful outcome to the passport application.
Note: As a rule, this postal method is faster than posting the application yourself. HMPO might contact you or the countersignatory to verify the details.
APassport Check and Send Price
The current cost of using the Post Office Check and Send service is £16.00 (on top of the standard passport price).
- dult 34-page Passport: Total cost is £91.50 (digital application)
- Adult 50-page Passport: Total cost is £101.50
- Child Passport: Total cost is £76.00
Methods of Payment
There are several ways to pay, including:
- A credit card (or a debit card)
- A postal order (made payable to ‘Post Office Limited’)
Note: Some people qualify for free passports in the United Kingdom. The Check and Send service is also free if you qualify. A refund of the Post Office fee is available if they make a error when checking the form. The refund does not apply for a rejected application.