European passport return service

The European passport return service allows you and your family to take your passports to a participating local authority for verification and copying, and for the local authority to then send the copy to the Home Office. This allows you to keep your passports while your applications for documentation to prove your right to live in the UK are being processed.

You can use this service if you are an EEA or Swiss national and you have applied online for a registration certificate or a document certifying permanent residence.

The European passport return service can only be used to verify and copy your and your family’s passports, to submit with your applications.

Make an appointment

You must contact a local authority to book an appointment to use this service. You’ll need to attend an appointment with them within 5 working days of submitting your online application, so you may want to book one before you submit this application.

What you need to bring with you

You will need to bring:

  • your original passports
  • a copy of your checklist and supporting documents
  • a printed copy of your application form