The Identity and Passport Service caught more than 9,000 fraudulent attempts to get a British passport, it said in its annual report this week.
IPS chief executive James Hall said the 9,382 fraud attempts were up on last year's 7,030. He said 0.25% of all applications are fraudulent.
"The IPS target was to reduce our level of unprevented application fraud to below 0.15% of all passport applications. For 2007/08, unprevented fraud was 0.09% of all applications," he said.
Hall said highlights of the year included the issuing of 5.9 million passports, the opening of a national network of 68 interview offices that conducted more than 144,000 face-to-face interviews with adults applying for their first passport, and the publication of the National Identity Strategy delivery plan in March.
"The NIS will require significant engagement with both public and private sector partners to ensure its delivery, and a programme of stakeholder consultation is well underway," he said.
In May, the IPS appointed five suppliers under a framework contract to compete for subcontracts to supply elements of the NIS.