UKPSUnited Kingdom Passport Service
UKPSUnited Kingdom Pyrotechnics Society
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* UKPS has a database of lost and stolen passports that is shared with border authorities and police worldwide.
A UKPS spokesman said the new international photo standards were introduced as part of a global move to fight fraud and forgery.
They were all sent home after a routine UKPS security check.
Having recently completed its ninth acquisition in deals totaling more than Au100million in two years, the Group companies are Perry Slingsby Systems, Sub-Atlantic, UK Project Support (UKPS), Subco, Cynergetix, Dynamic Positioning Services (DPS), Geoscience Earth and Marine Services (GEMS), VisualSoft, VMax, Seafloor Geoservices (SGI) and ETS.
A UKPS spokesman said that, on completing the project, the agency had drawn up a list of 1,000 names.
The UK Passport Service (UKPS) held a roadshow in Gateshead's MetroCentre to raise awareness of the biometric technology being introduced from early next year.
The UKPS can be contacted for advice or appointments on 0870 521 0410.
UKPS chief executive Bernard Herdan said: "The increase of pounds 3 is the cost involved in checking entitlement and issuing a passport."
The UK Passport Service (UKPS) and the CRB are ``sister agencies'' whose umbrella organisation is the Passport and Records Agency (PRA).
The UK Passport Service (UKPS) said a fresh set of guidelines simplified the rules, but stressed the image must still be a "true likeness".
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