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HM Passport Office is here to serve the British public both at home and abroad. United Kingdom passports are of unique and exquisite quality, making them some of the worlds finest and most difficult to counterfeit.
British citizens abroad and off the mainland shores, can use the similar service available at the local embassy of British consulate.
The Passport Office is responsible for issuing UK passports and through the General Register Office, is also responsible for civil registration services in the Unite Kingdom.
HMPO has available performance data in the form of target metrics in PDF – from it’s website.
Every five years, a new passport design is launched. This serves as a security protection against fraudsters and it also a showcase of some of the UK’s best artists. The 2015 passport design features artwork originally from the artist Anish Kapoor.
HM Passport Office has stated it’s ethics code as follows (non-verbatum):
Operational focus – To continue to create an efficient, modern and connected operation.
Low costs – Providing an excellent value for money service to reduce financial hardships.
Great customer service – To continue to provide excellent service to the British public at home and abroad
Secure and trusted – Maintain high standards of reliability and security as well as stringent checks.
Frequently asked questions of callers of the Passport office helpline
Is the UK issued passport safe?
Currently, the UK passport allows travellers from the UK to visit 173 countries around the world, visa free.
UK passports are tough and have built in electronic safety features. Unfortunately, this also makes them valuable to people that might make some money from doctoring and selling these passports in the black market.
Passport printers use special inks to make forgeries nearly impossible. There are visible inks, infrared inks that show until they are under infrared light, then they disappear, Ultraviolet inks that only show under ultraviolet light and more.
When will I need a new passport?
You should get a passport at least every 10 years as this is how long the passport is valid for. You can also get another one if you current passport is in a state of disrepair or if your passport was lost or stolen (both of these need to be reported to the police.
What if I lose my passport abroad while on holiday?
Don’t panic, the British consulate or embassy in the country you are in, will be able to assist. Firstly you need to report your passport lost or stolen – to the local police. Then contact the embassy or consulate and ask them what procedure you should follow. If your flight is soon and you need to travel, they could issue an emergency passport or even some temporary travel documents that will allow you to get home.
What else does HMPO do?
HM Passport Office issues over 5 million passports per year in 7 regional offices.
The General Register Office merged with HM Passport Office. So this department now deals with registration of stillbirths, births, deaths, adoptions, civil partnerships and marriages.