European Passport Return Service

This is an updated version of a post previously published on 30 January 2017. 

European nationals wanting to keep hold of their passports while waiting for the outcome of an application for a registration certificate or document certifying permanent residence are now able to submit their application online and make arrangements for their passport to be officially photocopied for the Home Office by a local authority. This is useful for anyone who would like to travel whilst their application is outstanding. Applications often take several months to be processed, which can disrupt travel plans or cause problems for those that need to travel abroad for work. 

The Home Office's premium service centre in Glasgow no longer offers this service. As such, European nationals who would like to retain their passport will need to travel to Rutherglen, on the outskirts of the city, to attend an appointment. 

The full address for the appointment centre is: Licensing and Registration Section, Town Hall, 139 Main Street, Rutherglen, G73 2JJ.

Those living in Edinburgh can also use this service. Appointments can be made at the offices of Edinburgh City Council at: Registrars Office, Lothian Chambers, 59 – 63 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.

There are a further three locations available: two in Hamilton and one in Livingston. At the moment, the only local authorities offering the service are South Lanarkshire Council, Edinburgh City Council, and West Lothian Council. It is unclear whether Glasgow City Council have any plans to offer the service in the future or whether European nationals living in Glasgow will need to continue travelling to Rutherglen if they would like the benefit of retaining their passport while their application is processed by the Home Office. 

There is a small fee payable to the local authority for using this service. More information on the process can be found here.