Passport applications for Britons resident overseas must now be made via the GOV.UK website.
All British residents living in Spain must now make their passport applications online at www.gov.uk/overseas-passports.
The new passport process, which is part of a worldwide changeover, helps to reduce the possibility of making errors that can delay applications.
Applicants will find that the new process, which includes online payment, generates a personalised pack that must be printed, signed and sent with photographs and any additional documentation that may be required to the Passport Office in the UK - and no longer to a British Consulate or Embassy.
Once an application has been submitted, applicants will receive instructions on how to track its progress via the website.
It is important to apply in good time as a new passport will take at least four weeks from the time the completed application pack is received by the Passport Office in the UK, or six weeks if replacing a lost or stolen passport.
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