If you are British resident living in Spain, and your passport is about to expire in near future, there is no need to panic. As now, you can renew you passport without returning to UK. Since May 2013, British government has designed new policies for digital passport application. Prior to that, one has to visit Madrid’s passport processing center to get this task done. Now through online application procedure, one can accomplish this task easily. More detail about the application procedure can be found on: https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/need-to-renew-your-british-passport-go-online
Passport Renew Cost:
The cost of passport replacement varied from £72.50 to £82.25. Time left on you existing passport is added to the new passport, up to a maximum of nine months. It is very important to replace a damage passport or else you may not be allow to travel through it. It is necessary to renew you wear and tear passport before planning a tour. With normal fee, you can get your passport in three weeks. However, in the case of stolen or lost passport, you may have to give an interview, and thus you application might take little longer than expected.
Application Procedure- Completing an online form:
If you are processing your application form yourself then you need to allocate ample of time for this task. Sit down and read the instruction manual clearly and thoroughly.
Passport picture: The most important thing is you passport picture. Following guideline should be kept in mind while designing passport photo.
- Your photo must be professionally printed i.e. it should have high pixels.
- The size of the picture should be 45 mm in height and 35 mm in width.
- It must be colored, printed on plain white photo paper.
- Light grey background.
- Fresh and identical.
- Clear and in focus.
- Keep your eyes straight towards the camera.
- Unaltered by computer photo software.
Your application may be rejected if your photo is missing any one of the above criteria. It should not contain any shadow or red eye. In the case of children, they must be on their own, angle them such that there is face is captured correctly, even if you are holding them.
Attestation: You will need to testify you application from someone who has known you for at least two year and is practicing or retired officer in Spain. They must be Spanish national or a British subject holding a British Passport.
How to Pay: Debit or credit card authorization is necessary as this is the only way to pay for passport replacement online. If you are using someone else passport then it is necessary to attach a copy of their passport along with your application to authorize their credit/debit card.
Final Steps: Before submitting your application double check that all the information is correct and without any error.
Things that should be avoided:
Sending you passport back to your relative and ask them to renew it is an easy way out but it is illegal. If you are caught doing so, you will not only lose you application fee but may have to return to UK to explain your actions.