There might well come a point when you just can’t stand to look at your existing passport photo. Whether it’s because you’ve matured a lot since it was taken or whether you’ve changed your style, the sight of it might very well cause you to cringe. If the picture really gets you down then you might want to take action. The question is: can you change your existing passport photo? Let’s look at what you need to know if you choose to go down this route.
Can you change it?
An adult passport lasts for 10 years under most circumstances. During this time the only way to change the picture would be to apply for a renewal. This would mean going through the passport process again and that any time you have remaining on your current passport will be lost.
How much does it cost?
The price varies depending on which way you renew your passport. It’s £75.50 if you do it online or £85 if you fill out the paper form. You will incur additional costs if you go through a fast-track process.
It is worth it?
This question can only be answered by you. You might be particularly sensitive about the picture if you regularly use your passport as a form of ID or if you go abroad quite often. Ultimately, an unfavourable photo is upsetting but it’s up to you to decide whether you can live with it.
Where does the process begin?
You can move ahead with your renewal at any point. Judging by your circumstances, you will probably find it beneficial to first start by taking a new passport photo and ensuring you can get it right. This time you should take it in a place where you’re comfortable, like your own home, before having it checked over by Paspic.
It’s your decision!
If you do decide to move ahead with a passport renewal, don’t forget that you can take advantage of the service provided by Paspic. You’ll not only have peace of mind that the image is suitable and will be accepted alongside your application, but you will also have hard copies sent to your address.