European passport return service

Keep your passport whilst your application is processed by the Home Office.

How the European passport return service works

Some EEA and Swiss nationals can apply online for a document confirming they have a right to permanent residence in the UK or for a registration certificate as a qualified person.  

The European passport return service is provided by local authorities or nominated premium service centres.  The service is only available for those making their application online at GOV.UK for either of the following:

EEA (QP) - Application for a registration certificate as a European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss national who is in the UK as a qualified person.


EEA (PR) - Application for a document certifying permanent residence or permanent residence card under the EEA Regulations. We will photocopy your EEA or Swiss passport and forward a copy along with your document checklist, application form and supporting documents to the Home Office on your behalf.  This means that you are able to keep your passport while your application is being processed.

Drop-in service

We offer a drop-in service at the Oxford Register Office on Friday mornings between 9am-12noon.

You must attend our office within ten working days of submitting your online application form.

If we experience high volumes of customers wishing to use the service on a specific day we may not be able to accommodate all requests and you may have to attend another drop-in service at a later date.

Cost of the service

The fee is currently £20 per applicant.

What to bring with you

You must bring the following with you:

  • your passport
  • your application form
  • your document checklist
  • supporting documents
  • two identical passport photographs.

Please note

  • Using the European Passport Return Service (EPRS) does not guarantee the success of your application and as a local authority we cannot provide any advice on your application.
  • The service will not ensure that your form has been correctly completed and we will not correct supporting documents submitted.  It is a passport return service.
  • The certified copy of your passport along with your document checklist and supporting documents will be submitted to the Home Office.
  • The Home Office may contact you for further information after your application has been submitted.
  • Please be aware that although the local authority will photocopy and submit your passport with your original documents the Home Office may write to you to request further documents.
  • If an application does not meet the criteria set out by the Home Office on the grounds of incorrect documentation or the requirements are not met there will be no refund of the EPRS handling charge.

More information

For further information or Home Office guidance please visit GOV.UK