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How to Get Your First Adult Passport

There are several important steps to follow when you are applying for your first adult passport in United Kingdom. Check who qualifies for a British passport, how long the process takes, how much it costs, and which documents you need to send to HMPO.

Who Can Apply for a British Passport?

In fact, only citizens with British nationality have eligibility to make an application for a British passport.

But, once you have the official document, an adult passport stays valid for a period of ten (10) years. You can apply for your first adult passport if:

  • You are age sixteen (16) or older (or are going to be 16 within the next three weeks).
  • You never held the child passport version.

What if you already have a child passport? In this case, you can continue to use it until it expires. This rule applies to any adult even if they are older than 18.

You might already have an old black or blue passport. If so, you should follow the same process for getting a first adult passport.

A Guide to Getting a First Adult Passport

Note: The rights and status of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom remain unchanged until 2021. You and your family will be able to apply for settled status to continue living in the UK beyond June 2021. The scheme opens in March 2019.

Adult Passport Fees and How to Apply

The cost to apply online for a standard adult first passport is £75.50. If you apply with a paper form at a Post Office it will cost £85. Read the adult passport application process and check how long it takes.

Photographs and Documentation

Check what photos and documents you need to send to get an adult passport. The required documentation differs depending on where you were born – in or out of the United Kingdom.

Passport Interviews

HMPO can ask you to attend a passport interview at one of their offices in the United Kingdom. The guide explains how passport interviews work and how to book an appointment.

Tracking a Passport Application

There are several ways to check the status of a passport after applying. It depends on whether you want to track a new passport or the renewal or replacement of an existing one.

Procedures to Get a First Passport for an Adult in United Kingdom