UK Passport Renewal from Canada

Renewing your UK Passport from Canada has changed. As of early 2017, for overseas renewals, HM Passport office switched from a paper application to an online process. You now need to create an online account, upload a digital passport photo, and forward your documents to the HM Passport Office in Durham, UK.

You will get your new passport back by courier. The total cost for an adult British passport from Canada will be £105.86, as well as approximately CDN$130 courier costs. A child’s passport costs £75.86. Alternatively, you can use a third-party company like Immigroup, where we still use a paper application. Click here to learn more.

Paying the fees from Canada
A standard passport is £86 for an adult and £56 for a child, plus a £19.86 courier fee.

 What are the exact steps:

  1. Create an account with the HM Passport office and fill in your details online.
  2. Upload digital photos and pay your fees.
  3. Courier your documents to HM Passport in Durham, UK.
  • If you also have a Canadian passport, you must send copies of all pages of your passport, even if the passport pages are blank.
  • Send expired or expiring British Passport
  • Send PEX number (Click the Tip link below to learn more).

Tip: Click here for a step-by-step guide showing each step.

Can I have the old OS application form instead?

Not if you are going to do it directly through the government. They have completely stopped using paper applications for overseas passport holders. Alternatively, you can use a third-party company that can give you a paper application, and they will create an online account for you. They will also convert your regular passport photo into a digital photo. This website you are on is a third-party website dealing with UK Passports since 2004. Click here to download the paper application option.

Process times for a UK passport renewal from Canada?

As of late 2022, it takes at least 4-6 weeks from the date you send the document to the date you get your new passport.

I need an urgent UK Passport renewal from Canada. What can I do?

To get an urgent British Passport in Canada, you must apply for British Travel Document. This document has its limits.

  • Limit of 5 countries of travel
  • Date and travel places will be printed on the Travel Documents (No change allowed).
  • Visa may be required (most countries don’t give visa exemptions to Travel Document holders).

For urgent UK passports in Canada, please contact the British Embassy. Click here for contact info.

(coming soon) Click here for more information about British Travel Documents.

For everyone that does not want a travel document, the only thing you can do is send a perfectly completed application. If you are not detail-oriented, or technology does not come easy for you, consider paying our firm to file everything correctly and quickly.

How should I courier my documents to Durham, and what is the expected cost?

Send your documents to Durham by courier. They’ll get there faster, and you’ll have a tracking service for your package. As far as cost, you can expect to pay anywhere from CAD 90 to over CAD 150. See our chart below for the fees charged by the major courier companies in Canada.

Tip: do not use regular mail (have tracking). Click here to find a courier service in Canada.

 

FAQs

UK Passport renewal in Canada

I would like to contact someone from the UK government from Canada.

Click here for full information about the HM Passport office.

Click here for a full directory of all British diplomatic missions in Canada.

How long is the passport good for?

10 years.

My passport expired a long time ago, is this a problem?

If it has expired for more than five years, you must apply for a First Time British Passport. Click here to learn more.

Can you give me more info about the digital photos?

(coming soon) Click here to get all the solutions around digital photos.

Do I have to send my UK Passport from Canada?

Yes, even if it’s not expired, you must send it. You will get it back with the corners clipped.

What about countersignatures from Canada? 

No need for countersignatures unless HM Passport office requests one.

Should I use regular mail or a courier?

Use a courier with tracking. For best practice, always have tracking when sending government-issued documents, like passports.

What courier firm should I use in Canada?

Canada post community mailboxes

Here is a chart to help you make a decision.

Tip: Don’t send without tracking!

Courier Company in CanadaTotal Cost (Toronto, Calgary, or Vancouver)Our rating
Canada PostCDN$90 to $112Location – everywhere in Canada
PurolatorCDN$13091% owned by Canada Post
DHLCDN$105Huge international network
UPSCDN$90 to $118Value!
FedExCDN$154Expensive but top-quality service

 

I will be travelling to the United Kingdom soon. Can I renew my passport when I am there?

Yes, just make sure you have enough time to do so. Click here to start your research.

Can I have a Canadian passport and a British passport?

Yes, dual natioanlity is allowed.

Tip: If you are a long-time permanent resident of Canada, you should apply for Canadian citizenship. For example, you can lose your PR status but not your Canadian citizenship. Click here to learn more.

My British Passport is lost or damaged?

Click here to resolve this issue.

United Kingdom Embassy and Consulate Services in Canada

British High Ebassy in Ottawa

80 Elgin Steet
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5K7
613-237-1530

British Consulate-General in Toronto

777 Bay Street, Suite 2800
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2G2
416-593-1290

Click here for the website URL

How many British Passport holders are in Canada?

The number must be big, considering that 30% of the Canadian population has British heritage.