The cost of getting or renewing a British passport has increased today.

New passport fees for all applications were introduced from February 2 including those who are newly applying or are renewing their passport.

The changes were announced on the Government's website which informed the public that the increase was required to help the Home Office "to continue improving its services.”

Here is what it will cost you to get or renew your passport under the changes.

Why is the UK government increasing the passport renewal price?

The Government’s web page reads: “The new fees will help the Home Office move towards a system that meets its costs through those who use it, reducing reliance on funding from general taxation.

“The Government does not make any profit from the cost of passport applications.

“The fees will also contribute to the cost of processing passport applications, consular support overseas, including for lost or stolen passports, and the cost of processing British citizens at UK borders."

How much is it to renew a passport now?

The cost of a standard online application for an adult made within the UK has jumped from £75.50 to £82.50. 

Meanwhile, the free for a child's passport under the same conditions has risen to £53.50 from £49.

The change also affects postal applications which have increased from £85 to £93 for adults and £58.50 to £64 for children.

It is the first time in five years that the cost of applying for a passport has increased, the Home Office said.