How to Track a Passport Application in London

A British passport is not only an identity it is an absolute necessity when traveling abroad. In our globalized world, a employee based in London might need to travel to many other destinations to fulfill their role with a company. In order to do this, a British citizen needs to apply for a passport and receive it before they depart for their destination. If you have applied for your passport tot he Identity and Passport service you can track its progress so that you are not blind sided if it is rejected or delayed. Here is a step by step guide of how to track a passport application in London to keep you from getting stressed out by the wait.


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    Government Body

    Before you request an update on the progress of your passport, you must know which government department to contact. Previously, the Identity and passport service website was separate. Now it has been integrated into the Home Department website and can be seen at the details below:

    Identity & Passport Service

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    Online Tracking

    The best and quickest method to track your passport application is online. The IPS recommends that you wait atleast 2 weeks before checking your status because a passport takes at least 14 days to process. You will need to enter your bar code number here which is a 10 digit code on the front of your passport application form. If you hand delivered or mailed the application it is on the receipt.

    a) Click Here to go tot he request form online.

    b) Fill out form and make sure that the bar code is correct.

    c) Submit the request and receive a confirmation.

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    Request processing time

    The IPS usually takes one day to reply to tracking requests. They will send your answer to provided email address. If however you are still having issues with the tracking you can contact IPS at the following contacts:

    IPS Passport Adviceline:

    0300 222 0000

    The timing are as follows -8.00 am to 8.00 pm Monday to Friday (9.00 am to 5.30 pm) weekends and public holidays

    Text/SMS :

    Text Relay - 18001 0300 222 0000

    Text phone - 0300 222 0222

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