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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 October, 2003, 23:00 GMT 00:00 UK
Passport fees up by a quarter
A standard passport will cost 42
The cost of renewing a passport is to rise by up to a quarter from Thursday in order to pay for new measures to tackle fraud.

The fee for a standard 10 year adult passport will increase from 33 to 42 and a child's passport will rise from 19 to 25.

In addition, travellers will no longer be allowed to amend passports.

The cost of getting a passport quickly will also rise.

The guaranteed same-day premium service will rise from 78 to 89 for a standard passport, from 64 to 71 for a child's passport, and from 85 to 95.50 for a 48-page passport.

The one-week "fast track" service will rise from 63 to 70.

Fees for applications made overseas to British consular posts will also rise, but they will continue to offer an amendment service.

The millions raised by charging more for UK passports will be used to set up fraud investigation units in passport offices across the UK, and to invest in new technology.

Last year, the UK Passport Office said that within four years British passports could be fitted with computer chips.

These could contain biometric information about their holders' fingerprints, iris patterns, hand geometry, and voice print.

The introduction of biometric chips in passports would bring the UK into line with new International Civil Aviation Organisation standards on preventing passport fraud.

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