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SECOND BRITISH PASSPORT APPLICATION PROCESS

Please take a few minutes to ensure that you carefully read this page and the connecting pages to ensure you get an overview of whether you are eligible, how to apply for a 2nd British Passport, the requirements, and to request an application pack which will allow you to return to your application at a later point.

APPLY FOR A SECOND BRITISH PASSPORT

Please note that Rapid British Passports are not affiliated with Her Majesty's Passport office and you can apply for a passport direct via www.gov.uk. We are an independent company offering independent services, advice and daily submissions via our own couriers and our service fees from £156 are additional and separate to the standard cost from £72.50 due to HM Passport Office for a passport

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What is a second British Passport, and why does one need one?

A second British Passport is when one person holds two different British Passports at the same time, and they are allowed to use them both simultaneously as well. The passports will have different passport numbers, and are considered totally unique to each other, with no link.

The second passport service is unique because:

  • Most of the people do not know that having two British passports at the same time is even possible.
  • The process to apply for 2nd UK passport can be done with just the photocopy of the applicants existing passport, the original is not required.
  • This can be done on a same day service also with Rapid Passports.

Who can apply for 2nd UK Passport?

  • It allows someone to travel whilst applying for visas at embassies at the same time.
  • It allows people to travel to conflicting contries, most specifically someone with an Israeli entry stamp cannot enter places like Saudi Arabia, and other Muslim nations.
  • For applicants where their might require two passports, eg pilots, flight attendants, people that work on oil rigs, etc.
  • Applicants that do not live in the UK, and in case they need a back-up passport. Eg live in Dubai but its convenient to have a second passport in the UK.
  • For those who travel very frequently and their existing passport gets completed very quickly stamped and finished early, e.g: A British passport holder that is based in Singapore and travels around Asia, or Dubai and travels around the Middle East and Africa.

Why Apply for a Second Passport

Visa Processing

Be able to travel whilst your other passport is having a visa application processed at an embassy

Extensive Travel

A solution for those whose passport pages get filled too quickly

Conflict Countries

Avoid travel issues due to conflicting country immigration stamps, eg Israel & some Middle Eastern Countries

How to Apply with Us in 4 Simple Steps

1

Read the information by downloading the application pack and requirements.

2

Start compiling the paperwork and have them prechecked by our team members.

3

Send or hand deliver your documents to us, where we start processing immediately.

4

Once the 2nd passport has been issued, we send the passport back directly to you.

Benefits of applying with us

You don't have to go anywhere.

By using us as your acting agency, all you have to do is send us your application from your local post office or by courier.

Your application is processed immediately.

As a specialised passport agency we are authorised to submit applications on our clients' behalf at Her Majesty's Passport office without the need to book any appointments.

Your documents are checked before sending.

Your agent will check your items before applying for your passport in order to avoid delays and rejection.

We provide professional customer service.

Our agents are on-hand via email and phone to assist with any type of query you might have.

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Service Fee

Same Day
£ 250*

This service takes 12 hours to deliver your passport, from the moment when your documents have been submitted to British Passport.

Next Day
£ 210*

This service takes 24 hours to deliver your passport, from the moment when your documents have been submitted to British Passport.

One Week
£ 180*

This service takes 6 business days to deliver your passport, from the moment when your documents have been submitted to British Passport.

Service fees listed above are subject to VAT and do not include Passport fees to Her Majesty's Passport Office (32-page/48-page passport - £128/137)

Current Passport or Photocopy

Overview

If you are applying for a Second British passport, the passport office will seek to review the pages inside your existing passport whilst evaluating your application. In order to support this, the passport office will require:

  • your current British Passport, or
  • A photocopy of the picture page along with a photocopy of every other page inside it.

Application Form

The form

The Passport Application Form is the first requirement for any kind of British passport application. The form is an A3-sized brown document with 10 sections that is issued by Her Majesty's Passport Office. The same form is used for all types of passport applications; however the way it is completed differs. You will find guidance below on how to successfully complete it.

Where to obtain it

The second passport application form can be obtained from:

  • Rapid British Passports UK: We can send the British passport application form to our clients by post. Please click here to request the passport application form.
  • Some post offices; to locate a post office that has the form go to: http://www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder and select "passport Check & Send" in the service drop down menu.

Two Passport Photos

Overview

Two passport photographs need to be handed in alongside the application form for your passport. These photos need to meet very specific requirements. If these specific requirements are not exactly met then the application could take much longer or even not be successful at all.

How and where to get your passport photos taken

  • Although you can use a professional photographer to have your passport photographs taken, if you are in the United Kingdom another option is a Photo-Me booth which are often found in supermarkets and sometimes in post offices.
  • For our customers who do not live in the UK, a professional photograph is necessary as we cannot guarantee that photographs taken in a photo booth abroad meet the same standards as those in the UK.

Employer Support Letter

Overview

Her Majesty's Passport Office requires a letter from your employer to support your application for a Second Passport stating the reasons for it. An Employer Support Letter must be provided for the following passport applications:

  • a first time Second British passport
  • a renewal of a Second British passport

Authorisation Letter

Overview

Your personal letter of authorisation entitles you to have someone else lodge your application documents with Her Majesty's Passport Office as well as pick your travel passport so you don't have to.

When applying with Rapid British Passports, your authorisation letter and all supporting documents for your application need to be sent together. To help you through this sometimes complicated process, we have created a simple template for you that you will have access to as soon as you fill out your order form.

Your Rapid British Passports' agent will provide photographic proof of identity at the passport office so that everything can be properly verified.

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FAQ

What is a second British passport?

A second British passport could be issued from the Passport Office for frequent international business travellers that intend to visit visa entry destinations. This would allow the traveller to utilize one passport for, sometimes lengthy, visa submissions while continuing his travels on the other one. Another use of a second British passport is for visits to conflicting destinations where a visa application would be rejected due to pre-existing stamps from another conflicting country, such as Saudi Arabia and Israel. A second British passport carries a different passport number and it is not a duplicate passport. It is valid for 10 years from the day of issue and can be renewed if the traveller is still in need of one.

Who qualifies for a second British passport?

Only applicants that can prove that they are frequent international business travellers could obtain a 2nd British passport. The applicant should be a senior representative at the company i.e. director, manger. Furthermore, he should prove intention to travel to visa entry countries and/or conflicting countries. That is done by providing an originally signed (in ink) support letter from their employing or contracting company explaining the reasons of needing the second British passport along with important personal information about the applicant, his involvement in the company and future travels. It is important to note that a second passport cannot not be issued to accommodate tourist visa needs.

What is the difference between a second British passport and a second citizenship?

Applying to hold a second citizenship is applying to be a citizen of two different countries at the same time. Applying for a second British passport is an application to hold two British passports at the same time. These two passports are treated as two separate documents – they are not duplicates, and they each have their own unique passport number. Whilst we do not assist with obtaining citizenship, we do assist with obtaining a second British passport.

What is the application process described in simple steps?

If you intend to use our services to get your second British passport it can be done in a few simple steps:

  • Contact our dedicated team via email or phone call. You will be sent a descriptive email of requirements and next steps. You will be provided with clear instructions and relevant templates. You will then need to complete all requirements.
  • Email scans of the completed requirements to our team of passport consultants for pre-check. Within 20 minutes you will receive a reply outlining any required amendments. Once the pre-check process is completed our representatives will advise you with a link to the Online Order Form which is an internal document that stands for payment and where you get to choose the passport size, service type, how and where you would like your passport returned to.
  • Send of the application to our central London office. Once received we will book the first available appointment which is usually on the next day (subject to Passport Office appointment availability). We will advise you on the appointment and expected return date and time.

Note that our team will keep you updated throughout the process.

What do I need to apply for a 2nd British passport?

In order to apply for a second British passport, you would need to provide us with the following:

  • Your current passport or a photocopy of the data page of your current passport and a letter addressed to the Passport Office stating the reasons that you cannot provide your current passport
  • Passport application form – available in major UK post offices
  • Authorization form – allowing us to submit and collect on your behalf
  • 2 passport sized photographs – different to the ones in your current passport, and taken within the last month. One of which must be signed by the counter signatory stating, “I hereby certify the true likeness of the (applicant name)”
  • Employer Support Letter - with original ink signature from someone in a Managerial or Directorial position within the company
  • Online Visa Order Form - an internal document that stands for payment and where you get to choose the passport size, service type, how and where you would like your passport returned to.

What is the role of Rapid British Passports in the process?

Rapid British Passports is a private agency that assist with passport inquiries. If you decide to use our service you will benefit from the fast track services and our expertise. Our dedicated team of passport consultants will pre-check your application thoroughly via email and advise on amendments and any risk of rejection and ways to avoid it. Our team will be by your side on every step of the process via phone call or email. Once we have received the application in our office we will submit on your behalf and collect as per the selected processing time. We will of course arrange the passport´s return in a safe and timely manner. Essentially Rapid Passport will make this process as easy and headache free as possible!

How much does it cost to apply for a second British passport?

You can choose between a normal size 32page passport or a jumbo 48page passport. The Passport Office fees are GBP 128 for the standard one and GBP 137 for the jumbo. On top of that you have our service fees as per the processing time:

  • Same day service: GBP 250 + VAT
  • Next day service: GBP 210 + VAT
  • 7 working days service: GBP 180 + VAT

I am interested in applying for a second British passport, where can I start?

If interested in getting a 2nd British passport, the first thing to do is contact our team via phone call or email. It would be helpful if you already have a copy of the passport application form in hand which is obtainable from any major UK Post Office. We would advise to grab a few copies as if there is a mistake, a new form must be completed. You could also obtain your passport sized pictures from a photo booth or a specialist. A good idea would be to also find the person that will act as your counter-signatory. This person must be a non-related individual that you have known for at least 2 years, that holds a UK passport and works in the UK.

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