Home Office FAQ

Home Office FAQThe UK Home Office is responsible for policing in the United Kingdom and also deals with passports, border security and immigration issues, drugs and crime policies and leads on the UK response to counter terrorism. Further answers can be dealt with by Home Office contact number.

Where is the Home Office based?

The main office is in London but the Home Office also has responsibility for running the UK Passport Offices sited around the country, locality policing and works with a variety of different agencies and public bodies to ensure priorities are met.

What is the main address for the Home Office?

The main office for public enquiries for the Home Office is situated in Victoria in the heart of government offices and is close to the House of Commons and Westminster Abbey at:

Direct communications unit
2 Marsham Street


What are the hours of business and who is based at this office?

The Home Office Direct Communications Unit is open to the public between the hours of 9am and 5pm on weekdays only. The Marsham Street offices are home for a number of government ministers and the Permanent Secretary; provide headquarters functions for the National Policing Improvement Agency, the Identity and Passport Service, UK Border Agency and the Office of Security and Counter Terrorism. 

What are the main responsibilities dealt with by the Home Office?

The Home Office is led by the Home Secretary and a team of government ministers and works on a number of problems within society including illegal drugs use and prevention, policies on alcohol and drinks licensing issues, policies on the prevention of terrorism within the UK borders, preventing UK crime and helping UK citizens feel safe in their homes and local environments, controlling immigration to the UK and ensuring the borders remain safe, considering applications to migrate to the UK, issuing all passports and visas necessary for UK citizens to travel overseas and taking the lead on accountable policing within the United Kingdom.

The UK Home Office has a number of different priorities and these can change due to amended government targets or changes in the party that leads the government of the United Kingdom.