European passport returns

Service information

Sole and family online applications from EEA nationals applying for documentation as a qualified person or for permanent residence including family members.

The European passport return service is provided by local authorities or nominated premium service centres.  The service is only for those making their application online at 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.

This service will be available from 1 October 2016 and is provided in partnership with the Home office.

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.

The service is available by appointment only contact us and you must attend your appointment within five working days of submitting your online application form. The fee for the service is detailed on the Registrar’s fees page;


Using the European passport return service does not guarantee the success of your application and we cannot provide any advice on your application.

The service will not check that your form has been correctly completed and or that the correct supporting documents have been submitted.

The Home Office may contact you for further information after your application has been submitted.  For further information or Home Office guidance please visit

To use this service you must:

  • Hold a current EEA / Swiss passport
  • Have completed an online application to the Home Office for a Permanent Residence Card / Registration Card.
  • Be applying as an individual or a family
  • Be able to attend an appointment within five working days of making your online application.

Contact details

Mail The Register Office, Town Hall, Blackburn. BB1 7DY
Phone Number(s) 01254 588660
Fax Number(s) 01254 588661
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