European Passport Return Service

Get your European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss passport photocopied for an application for registration certificate to confirm your right to live in the UK.

The European passport return service is for EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members applying online via EEA1 for a registration certificate to confirm their right to live in the UK as a 'qualified person' (worker, self-employed, self-sufficient or jobseeker), or via EEA3 for permanent residence.

We will photocopy your EEA or Swiss passport and send a copy along with your checklist and supporting documents on your behalf to the Home Office.

You can use your passport while your application is being processed.


The cost is £18 (including VAT).

This fee is payable at the time of booking the appointment.

You will be charged an additional fee for postage during the appointment. The amount payable will depend on the weight of the documents we are sending to the Home Office to support your application.

The fee cannot be refunded if you do not attend your appointment.

Book an appointment

Call 0345 607 2060.

Appointments are only held at the Bury St Edmunds Registration Office on Monday and Tuesday from 9am to 2:30pm. 

Due to the high volume of this service, please ensure you have an appointment booked before you submit your online application.

Further information

The Home Office may contact you for further information after your application has been submitted.

Using the European passport return service does not guarantee the success of the application and the local authority cannot provide any advice. This service will not ensure that your form has been correctly completed and correct supporting documents submitted.

You are not required to produce your ID Card.