Do you know where your where your passport is right now? For the majority, the answer is probably yes. But if the question was – ‘Do you know when your passport expires?’ the positive responses would probably drop rapidly.
‘Being aware of when your passport expires is becoming increasingly important’, says Andy Hamilton, Head of the Regional Passport Centre in Madrid. ‘If you don’t have a valid passport, and need to travel urgently, you’ll have to pay for an emergency passport, which is an expense most of us could do without. We understand that it’s not always easy or convenient to send your passport in to be renewed at the exact point it expires, which is why customers can send in their renewal application any time in the 9 months before without losing any validity’.
‘Over the next couple of years, customers will see some changes to the current passport service. We’re working toward a single system where all customers can apply directly to the UK, something our customers tell us they want.
During this period of transition, keeping an eye on when your passport expires will be really important to ensure you’re not unduly inconvenienced’.