Guidance: Basic passport checks

Hm Passport Office

February 22
11:00 2020

Basic passport checks

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This document is to be used whenchecking passports for identification.

It covers the important information of what to expect, plus additional notes for the 1988, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2015 versions of the UK passport.

Published 9 February 2011
Last updated 22 February 2020 +show all updates
  1. Updated to remove references to DX.

  2. Updated to reflect extended validity

  3. Updated guidance

  4. First published.

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