News: Don't Let New Passport Requirements Put A Damper On Your Holiday
Thursday, 10th June 2004
A change in the requirements of the UK Passport Service means anyone born on or after 1st January 1983 applying for their first passport needs a copy of their full birth certificate.
This new rule has resulted in a high demand for birth certificates from the Registration Service in Lancashire with the number of requests rising by over 200% on the same period last year.
Lancashire County Council's Registration Service is asking people to think ahead and apply early for their certificates and to be prepared for a waiting period of 24hours for collection or posting out of the certificate.
County Councillor Doreen Pollitt, Deputy Leader of Lancashire County Council, said:
"The staff in our register offices have been inundated with requests for full birth certificates since this change was made by the Passport Office.
"We do realise the importance and urgency of every application and are trying to deal with requests as quickly as possible. We need to ask our customers to help us deal with the extra demand by allowing us plenty of time to process them. Please don't let your holiday be spoilt by leaving it too late to get your passport."