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The Identity & Passport Service (IPS) is an executive agency of the Home Office in the United Kingdom which became operational on 1 April 2006 after the passing of the Identity Cards Act 2006 [1 ]

Identity and Passport Service’s regional office in Durham.

The Identity & Passport Service succeeded the UK Passport Service to provide passport services for British nationals. The UK passport provides evidence of a person’s nationality and allows UK citizens to leave and re-enter the country.

All first time passport applicants are now required to attend an interview with the Identity and Passport Service in order to verify the identity and status of the applicant.

IPS' headquarters is in London and it has seven regional offices around the UK, in London, Glasgow, Newport, Belfast, Peterborough, Liverpool and Durham as well as an extensive interview office network. On 1 April 2008, the General Register Office for England and Wales (GRO) became a subsidiary of IPS.

See also


  1. ^ [1], Home Office Press Release 30 March 2006.

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