Home Office Departments

Home Office DepartmentsThe Home Office is a UK Government department. It is led by the Home Secretary, currently The Right Honourable Theresa May, MP. It is responsible for a range of Government Policies in particular those relating to law and justice, national security, equalities, rights and duties of citizens and immigration and border control. The Home Office phone number is responsible for each of these departments.

Law and Justice

The Home Office is responsible for overseeing the legal system, including the police service. Its current priorities include improving the efficiency of the police, improving accessibility to the legal system, making community sentences more effective and preventing re-offending by improving rehabilitation facilities. The Home Office also administers DBS checks (formerly known as CRB checks).

National Security

The Home Office works with the Ministry of Defence to deal with any issue affecting the security of the UK, including devising plans to deal with any national emergency that arises. The department is currently focusing on preventing cyber attacks via the internet. 


The Home Secretary is responsible for policies aimed at reducing inequalities and discrimination.
Rights and Duties of Citizens. The Department works to protect human rights and create a fairer society. This includes encouraging citizens to take part in voluntary work to improve or support their local community.

Immigration and Border Control

The Home Office issues visas and passports, works to monitor immigration and works with HMRC to provide the UK Customs Service.

Contacting the Home Office

For general enquiries write to 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF. Alternatively email the department at public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk, or ring on 0843 487 1813. There is also a minicom service for those with impared hearing at 0843 487 1813 – this is available from 9am- 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Their website at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office contains detailed information on all the areas listed above, as well as access to policy documents and news updates on current events.

Applying for a Passport or Visa

Use the link on the top right-hand side of the home page given above to access details of how to apply for or renew a passport, including charges, photograph requirements and reporting lost passports. To apply for a visa visit www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk and follow the instructions on the online application tool, or use the email contact facility for help with an application.