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Passports

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at what stage of the process passport applications are assessed for rejection. (89170)

The current process for checking passport applications has two main stages: an initial check that the application has been fully completed and all necessary documents have been provided, followed by examination to establish the identity and nationality of the applicant. If a deficiency is found at the first stage, an explanation is given of what is needed to correct the problem. If the application has been made in person at either a post office, any accredited travel agent or a regional passport office, the incomplete or incorrect application is handed back with the explanation and the passport fee is not taken. If the application has been made by post, the form and fee are retained and a letter is sent either asking for missing documents or a fresh application form, depending on the problem.

The action taken to resolve problems encountered during the examination stage varies. The Identity and Passport Service will not issue a passport until the applicant's identity and nationality have been established.