Total Law
0333 305 9375 (local rate)

Mon - Sun, 8.30 am - 6pm

Menu

British Passport

Applying for your first British passport is an exciting step.  A passport is a final step in the immigration process to being a British national, showing your valid status and permitting international travel.

If you have any questions regarding obtaining a new British passport, you can contact our expert team of immigration lawyers to discuss any concerns you may have, or for some help navigating the application process. You can call us on 0333 305 9375, or contact us online seven days a week via our live chat.

    Request a call back from our immigration experts

    What is the eligibility for a British passport?

    A British passport is an official travel document that will permit holders to travel services, enter and leave the UK free from any immigration controls. British passports can be used as proof of identity for accessing benefits and services and the right to work, study and live permanently in the UK.

    To be considered for a passport application, you must first be a British citizen.

    For your first British passport, you have to be aged 16 or over (or will be in 3 weeks) and you’ve never had a UK passport before.

    If you are not a British citizen then you must apply for citizenship before you apply for a passport. Once you have satisfied all the requirements for British Citizenship and gotten your certificate of Naturalization or British citizenship registration status at your citizenship ceremony, you can apply for a British passport online.

    EXCELLENT
    Immigration Advice Service 4.7 rating 414 reviews
    Reviews.io Logo

    What is the application process for your first UK passport?

    For your first British passport, you can apply for it in a number of other ways too.

    1. Online application. Online passport applications are easy and £9.50 cheaper than other methods. The online way is well set out and easy to follow.
    2. Post office via paper form. You will need to attend your local post office alongside the required documents and fees. The Post office will send your documents via their secure passport service to Her Majesty Passport Office via special delivery.
    3. Post – which outgoing via the post office. You can send your passport application along with all the required documents to the UK Visas and Immigration. It will be important to send your passport application with the correct postage.
    4. By appointment – there is an option for an appointment that offers a 1-day premium or 1-week fast track.

    If you are applying for a British passport from outside of the UK, the process is done online, though this will vary depending on the country you are applying from.

    If you are from a country that permits an online passport application, you’ll need to do an online digital passport picture, passport application, evidence documents, pay the required fee, then you are able to track your application progress online.

    Depending on your individual situation, you may be asked to attend an interview to confirm your passport application. If you are, you should book your appointment at your local Her majesty’s Passport Office.

    The interview takes approximately 30 minutes and is currently taking place in person at her majesty’s passport office and online via video.

    If the interview is successful, your case will be finalised, but you will still have to wait for your passport to be delivered to you.  Your new passport will be delivered by courier or recorded delivery.

    How to apply for a British Passport?

    You can request your passport via one of the following methods:

    • Online. This is the cheapest and easiest way to apply since the application wizard will guide you through each step of the process.
    • Post Office Check & Send Service. Your local Post Office will take care of checking your bundle of documents, and they will send it to HM Passport Office by Special Delivery. You will be charged an additional fee for this service.
    • Post. You can directly send your application, along with your supporting documents, to the UKVI. You must not forget to attach the correct postage to your envelope.
    • By appointment. The 1-day Premium and 1-week Fast Track services are only available upon appointment.

    If you are applying from abroad, you must follow a different procedure. The process you will have to go through will depend on the particular rules of the country you are applying from.

    a man reviewing a contract to sign

    Important information about your passport application

    To avoid any delay in your application, it is essential to fill in each part of your form correctly. When completing your documents, you should keep in mind the following:

    • The name on your passport should match the name that appears on your documentation.
    • If you have changed your name, you must use your new name on your application.
    • You must list all your maiden or previous names.
    • You must enter details of any previous UK passport that you have held.
    • To apply for an adult passport, you must be aged 16 or over (or will be in three weeks from the date of your request).
    • An adult passport is valid for 10 years.
    • If you hold a child passport, you can use it until it expires even if you are over 18.

    How long does a new passport take to get?

    For a new adult passport (applicants 16+) the wait times vary and you should really give it 10 weeks. You should not make travel arrangements without your new valid passport.

    The wait times are:

    • To apply for a first adult passport takes approximately 5 weeks
    • To renew a passport takes approximately 4 weeks
    • To replace a damaged passport, it takes approximately 4 weeks
    • To replace a lost or stolen passport, it takes approximately 4 weeks
    • To change your personal details, it takes approximately 4 weeks

    For a new child passport (applicants under 16) the wait times vary and you should really give it 10 weeks. You should not make travel arrangements without your new valid passport.

    The wait times are:

    • To apply for a first passport, it takes approximately 4 weeks
    • To renew a passport, it takes approximately 4 weeks
    • To replace a damaged passport, it takes approximately 4 weeks
    • To replace a lost or stolen passport, it takes approximately 4 weeks
    • To change your personal details, it takes approximately 4 weeks

    What are the documents required for a British passport?

    For the application process to be successful, it is important to note that the passport application requires certain documents that need to be in English, so if your paperwork is not in English, you’ll have to get it translated. It is important that they are the original documents and photocopied versions are not acceptable.

    These are the five years of documents required to apply for your first British passport:

    • Your birth certificate or adoption certificate (only applicable if you were born in the UK before January 1983)
    • Evidence of a parents details and immigration status (if you were born in the UK after January 1983)
    • Your certificate or naturalization or registration (only applicable if you were born outside the UK)
    • Passport application supporting documents
    • Someone who can confirm your identity (if relevant). This is someone who can confirm your identity and must know you for at least two years and can confirm that your passport application information is accurate. They must be someone who holds UK citizenship, currently living in the UK, is a professional, not a family member, not in a relationship, not living with you, not working at the home office.

    You are required to submit original documents, and they will be returned from the passport office upon the application being completed.

    You will be asked to provide a valid UK address where your documents and passport will be returned to you.

    spouse visa
    a hand holding a british passport

    How much does getting your first UK passport cost?

    There are fees associated with getting a passport from the HM passport office. The cost of your British passport will depend on the type of application and from where you are submitting your form.

    The cost of your British passport will vary depending on the type of application you are making, and from where you are submitting your form.

    If you are making your British passport application from inside the UK, the fees will be:

    • Online applications: £82.50
    • Paper applications: £93

    These prices are correct as of February 2023.

    Get in touch with our expert immigration lawyers to receive assistance with your British passport application today. Contact Us

      Request a call back from our immigration experts

      How long does a new passport take to get?

      For a new adult passport (applicants 16+) the wait times vary and you should really give it 10 weeks. You should not make travel arrangements without your new valid passport.

      The wait times are:

      • To apply for a first adult passport takes approximately 5 weeks
      • To renew a passport takes approximately 4 weeks
      • To replace a damaged passport, it takes approximately 4 weeks
      • To replace a lost or stolen passport, it takes approximately 4 weeks
      • To change your personal details, it takes approximately 4 weeks

      For a new child passport (applicants under 16) for example, the wait times vary and you should really give it 10 weeks. You should not make travel arrangements without your new valid passport.

      The wait times are:

      • To apply for a first passport, it takes approximately 4 weeks
      • To renew a passport, it takes approximately 4 weeks
      • To replace a damaged passport, it takes approximately 4 weeks
      • To replace a lost or stolen passport, it takes approximately 4 weeks
      • To change your personal details, it takes approximately 4 weeks

      Will my supporting documents be returned?

      All your documentation will be returned separately from your passport once your application is completed. If you wish, you can pay an additional charge for a secure delivery, that will let you track your package. You will be responsible for providing a valid UK address where your documents and passport will be delivered.

      Any personal information used for security, or provided during your interview will be destroyed after your passport is issued.

      If you need support with your passport application, you can get in touch with our London, Manchester, or Birmingham immigration lawyers, or alternatively, use the office finder to find the closest branch to you.

      How can I get a first child passport for my children?

      For children under 16, a carer with parental responsibility for children must apply for the passport on their behalf.

      The children’s passport application needs to give both parents’ details when you apply. If you cannot provide the other parent’s details, you need to explain the reason.

      Per UK immigration rules, the child passport costs £49 for online applications and £58.50 for paper form applications from the Post Office. A child passport is valid for 5 years.

      Similar to adult passports, the application can be done either online or by post.

      The documents you need to for a child British passport application are:

      • 2 passport approved photos of your child
      • The child’s birth certificate or adoption certificate (which confirm the person with parental responsibility on it)
      • Evidence of the child’s British nationality – like a British registration certificate, parent’s passport details or parent’s birth certificates, etc.
      • Any passports from a different country belonging to the child
      • Any relevant court orders pertaining to custody

      What circumstances are UK passports denied or rejected?

      Depending on your individual circumstances, there are situations when it may be refused.

      • If Her Majesty’s passport office cannot verify the details on an application, they can refuse to issue a passport
      • If an applicant person is being investigated for citizenship deprivation purposes
      • Incomplete application or Inaccurate information
      • Unsettled application fees
      •  Investigations that the applicant intends to use the passport for terrorism-related or serious, organized criminal activities

      Having a British passport application refused can be frustrating. As such you should ensure you meet the following criteria:

      • You can provide accurate proof of your identity
      • You are eligible for a British passport based on your citizenship status
      • There are no other reasons why your passport should be refused

      a hand holding a british passport

      How can Total Law help?

      At Total Law, we understand the importance a passport can have on your freedom and peace of mind.

      Our immigration lawyers can assist you through visa requirements at each stage of the application process.

      One of our lawyers will assist you by:

      checking your documents to ensure that they are sufficient for your application;

      liaising with the Home Office during the application process;

      writing a Letter of Representation to support your application; and

      completing each part of your British passport application form to the highest standard.

      Contact us on 0333 363 8577 or use our online contact form for more information on your British passport application.

      Advice Package icon

      Advice Package

      Comprehensive immigration advice tailored to your circumstances and goals.

      Application Package icon

      Application Package

      Designed to make your visa application as smooth and stress-free as possible.

      Fast Track Package icon

      Fast Track Package

      Premium application service that ensures your visa application is submitted to meet your deadline.

      Appeal Package icon

      Appeal Package

      Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal. We will represent you in any case.

      Advice Package image

      The Advice Package

      During this untimed Advice Session with our professional immigration lawyers in London, you will receive our comprehensive advice, completely tailored to your needs and your situation.

        Request a call back from our immigration experts

        Request the Advice Package
        Application Package image

        The Application Package

        With our Application Package, your dedicated immigration lawyer will advise you on your application process and eligibility. Your caseworker will then complete and submit your forms to the Home Office on your behalf.

          Request a call back from our immigration experts

          Request the Application Package
          Fast Track Package image

          The Fast Track Package

          Our Fast-Track Application Package is a premium service for those who need to submit their application in time with their deadlines. Your case will become a top priority for our lawyers and you will benefit from our highest-quality services.

            Request a call back from our immigration experts

            Request the Fast Track Package
            Appeal Package image

            The Appeal Package

            By choosing our Appeal Package, you can rely on our lawyers’ legal knowledge and experience to ensure you have the highest chance of a successful appeal. We will also fully represent you in any hearings/tribunals.

              Request a call back from our immigration experts

              Request the Appeal Package

              We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at all of our offices, or via the phone. Learn more

                Request a call back from our immigration experts

                Related pages for your continued reading.

                Frequently Asked Questions

                Attending an interview for your application will depend on your individual circumstance.

                If you are required to have an interview, you’ll be invited and the interview is around 30 minutes.

                It is very important not to book any travel until after you have received your British passport.

                Since it is your first adult British passport, the application process may take longer than normal. Her Majesty’s Passport Office will have to complete many checks on your British passport application to ensure you are entitled to it. When you apply for a British passport, allow at least six weeks for your passport application to be processed.

                For people 16 years or older, passports are valid for 10 years. Under 16, a passport is valid for 5 years.

                It depends where you are going. Many countries require that a passport has at least 6 months beyond the competition of the vacation or travel.

                If your passport expires sooner than that, you must apply to renew your passport.

                Depending on your circumstances, you may be summoned for an interview to confirm your passport application. This must be booked at your local HM Office.

                The interview will take about 30 minutes. If it is successful, your case will be finalised, but you will still have to wait for your passport to be delivered to you.