View Full Version : Passport renewal costs almost 80-00! Any idea why it's so expensive?


sTaGeWaLkEr
22-03-2010, 11:26
I can't understand from an admin perspective how this cost can be justified.

Any thoughts?

RobbyBrown
22-03-2010, 11:30
I can't understand from an admin perspective how this cost can be justified.

Any thoughts?



I paid 130 for mine to be fast tracked.

I didn't fancy my chances with the post with a passport for the 70

Yes its a rip off, but I guess Mr Brown needs all the tax revenue he can find right now

GrannyGranny
22-03-2010, 11:33
Going on holiday in May.

First passport for kids (3) + wife's renewal......220!

Flight were only 200!

Thats reminded me to get the forms off this week (after I've located their birth certificates).

horribleblob
22-03-2010, 11:35
8 per year. The printing and production costs would be relatively quite high for such a small document - special paper, watermarks, and now that microchip (although the high print run would bring unit costs down). So, dunno.

neeeeeeeeeek
22-03-2010, 11:36
Becuase they rob us for anything and everything in the UK. I tried to find out how much it was in other countries as a comparison but did not get very far!

horribleblob
22-03-2010, 11:40
$95 in the US I believe.

Agent Orange
22-03-2010, 11:53
80 for a passport is not that bad, especially if you know exactly how much a passport costs to produce.

sTaGeWaLkEr
22-03-2010, 11:53
80 for a passport is not that bad, especially if you know exactly how much a passport costs to produce.

How much does it cost to produce?

Agent Orange
22-03-2010, 11:57
How much does it cost to produce?

Excluding admin fees then I would say in the region of 50.

cgksheff
22-03-2010, 11:59
Excluding admin fees then I would say in the region of 50.

Nowhere near.

The actual production cost of the booklet is reported as 12.25.

http://www.ips.gov.uk/cps/files/ips/live/assets/documents/9161_response.pdf

Agent Orange
22-03-2010, 12:11
Nowhere near.

The actual production cost of the booklet is reported as 12.25.

http://www.ips.gov.uk/cps/files/ips/live/assets/documents/9161_response.pdf

Someone was being economical with the truth. Although, anti fraud cost could be also put under the production costs given that most are placed on the passport within it's production.

Anyhow, thanks for the link. Still, I go by initial comment, that 80 is not bad when you consider all the other costs and the fact the passport is live for a decade.

Randy
22-03-2010, 12:31
I'm not too fussed about having a passport anyway. I don't like beach holidays or hot weather and my work doesn't involve going overseas so I have no real use for one.

dongle
22-03-2010, 12:39
I paid 130 for mine to be fast tracked.

I didn't fancy my chances with the post with a passport for the 70

Yes its a rip off, but I guess Mr Brown needs all the tax revenue he can find right now
just renewed mine, got it back within 10 days without paying the extra for fast tracking

alternageek
22-03-2010, 15:05
$95 in the US I believe.

About right, then another 30 or so to be handled and processed if you live abroad. Also the US uses different sizes than the UK so that was another 10 for photos.

Agent Orange
22-03-2010, 15:18
A UK passport is around 80, and is issued for a 10 year period. That works out at about 2p for each day of the passport's validity. Doesn't seem such a rip off when you look at it that way.

Joanl
22-03-2010, 16:15
My son lives in Japan and to renew his it would cost him 124.

A Japanese one is 117 for 10 years and 81 for 5 years. Good idea about the 5 years though cos if I renewed mine now it would probably outlive me.......:hihi:

neeeeeeeeeek
22-03-2010, 16:27
A UK passport is around 80, and is issued for a 10 year period. That works out at about 2p for each day of the passport's validity. Doesn't seem such a rip off when you look at it that way.

Not so great when you are required to show it twice on each trip abroad, so say 2 holidays a year, 10 years, that 20 times. 80 for something you use 20 times seems quite expensive to me!

mj.scuba
22-03-2010, 16:42
I can't understand from an admin perspective how this cost can be justified.

Any thoughts?

Because of how many non-job's desks your application will have to cross.

Agent Orange
22-03-2010, 17:45
Not so great when you are required to show it twice on each trip abroad, so say 2 holidays a year, 10 years, that 20 times. 80 for something you use 20 times seems quite expensive to me!

If you can afford to holiday twice a year then surely 80 is nothing to complain about?! Even at 2 holidays a year (14 days each) for 10 years, the passport comes in at 28p per holiday day.

Plain Talker
22-03-2010, 23:02
My son lives in Japan and to renew his it would cost him 124.

A Japanese one is 117 for 10 years and 81 for 5 years. Good idea about the 5 years though cos if I renewed mine now it would probably outlive me.......:hihi:

Please !!! No!!! I, and I'm sure others on here would hope to see you around here for many years to come!!! :wow:

truman
23-03-2010, 11:57
Not so great when you are required to show it twice on each trip abroad, so say 2 holidays a year, 10 years, that 20 times. 80 for something you use 20 times seems quite expensive to me!

But you could use it every day.....

Bonny
23-03-2010, 12:04
I really don't think 80 is over the top for a ten year passport. The initial outlay can add up if you've got children's to get at the same time but it's nothing much when spread over the ten years.

Passports come in useful for all sorts of things not just travelling abroad, they usually ask to see one when you open bank accounts etc and if you don't have a picture driving license (I don't) then it's the only real form of photo ID.

shane39
23-03-2010, 12:09
Nowhere near.

The actual production cost of the booklet is reported as 12.25.

http://www.ips.gov.uk/cps/files/ips/live/assets/documents/9161_response.pdf


Chinese can knock em out for 63p per 100:D

esme
23-03-2010, 12:14
a lot of the cost is to support the NIR and the ID card scheme, passports would be a lot cheaper without that

Rupert_Baehr
23-03-2010, 13:08
Chinese can knock em out for 63p per 100:D

A lot of the people who travel from Sangatte don't even bother.

Rupert_Baehr
23-03-2010, 13:35
I wonder how much Mossad charge for a British Passport? - Are they any cheaper?

esme
23-03-2010, 15:52
I wonder how much Mossad charge for a British Passport? - Are they any cheaper?

I'd say they would be more expensive as they are better quality .... and contain a handy pop out Ouzi 9mm for those tough to get rid of bad guys :D