Unless your child has held a British passport before, you will need to apply for a first child passport. But, the child must be under 16 and have British nationality to meet the requirements.
In fact, you can use the normal passport application service to apply for a child passport and pay for it online.
You will need to print off the application form and check the details. Send the form to the HM Passport Office address written on the form.
Note: Remember to send passport photos and supporting documents.
There are two ways to get the paper application form if you want to apply for a child passport, or baby, by postal methods:
Telephone: 0300 222 0000
Outside the UK: +44 (0)300 222 0000
Textphone: 18001 0300 222 0222
Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm
Weekends and public holidays: 9am to 5:30pm
If you use the paper form you will need to fill in sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and section 9. If your child is twelve (12) or older they will need to sign section six (6).
A 'countersignatory' needs to fill in section ten (10) and certify the photo of your child. The person who fills in section 10 should be someone who knows you and your child.
Note: HM Passport Office has produced a booklet as a help guide. It explains how to fill in a passport application form and provide the correct photo.
There are two methods of sending in a first child passport application form. You can either:
The person who signs the passport application must have parental responsibility for the child or baby. The child also needs to sign it if they are between twelve (12) and fifteen (15) years old.
For the UK, you will need to send certain documents along with a first child's passport application form, including:
HM Passport Office only accept original documents or official copies of certificates. Thus, you may need to register with the General Register Office. They do not accept photocopies or 'certified copies'.
Note: What if the documents are in a different language other than English or Welsh? In this case, you must send certified translations along with the originals. You must not send laminated documents.
If the name on the passport does not match the name on the birth certificate you will need to send:
As a rule, HMPO send back the documents by regular postal services. But, you can choose to have them sent by secure delivery for a small fee (about £5). You can choose to use this option on the child passport application form.
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In most cases, you will receive your new child passport by courier or through the Royal Mail. There is a service for tracking a passport application. When they deliver it to you, they will either:
Applying for First Child Passport in the United Kingdom