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The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) is warning people to avoid renewing their passport during the Olympic Games period.
It is telling customers in London that they should check their expiry dates now to avoid a sudden rush near the Games, which start on 27th July. The IPS also warns that holidaymakers should leave at least three weeks for a postal applications, and even longer if it is a first application.
Anyone who wishes to renew their passport can carry over up to nine months remaining on their existing document.
Sarah Rapson, chief executive of the Identity and Passport Service said: “Don”t run the risk of missing out on your summer holiday – check you have a valid passport now. And check before booking your travel.”