UK Passport Issuing Authority

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Which is the correct Issuing Authority for a British Passport?

A question on the UK passport application or renewal form is “Which is your passport issuing authority?”

Options given include:

: UKPA, UKPS, IPS or HMPO
: Other

Which one do you use?

The line with HMPO is the normal one for most British born UK Citizens.

IPS was the Identity and Passport Service from 2006 to 2013. (The Identity and Passport Service was renamed HM Passport Office on 13 May 2013).
UKPS was the United Kingdom Passport Service (A previous name before HM Passport Office).
UKPA was the UK Passport Agency (A previous name before HM Passport Office).
HMPO is the current “Her Majesty’s Passport Office”.

People who had passports issued by Agencies such as the Hong Kong passport office, or Gibraltar, etc., would tick “other”.



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One of the UK based businessmen I have invested an amount and he sent me scan copy of my UK passport is it original or duplicate.

Passport no: 995600255
Date of Birth: 28/05/1985