Getting your first adult passport

Who can apply

You can apply for a first adult passport if all of the following apply:

  • you’re a British national
  • you’re aged 16 or over (or will be in 3 weeks)
  • you’ve never had a UK passport before

You can also apply if your last UK passport was an old handwritten blue or black one.

You can use your child passport until it expires, even if you’re over 18.

An adult passport is valid for 10 years.

Ways to apply

If you’re in the UK, you can either:

There’s a different way to apply if you’re overseas.

There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK until 2021. You and your family can apply for ‘settled status’ to continue living in the UK after June 2021. The scheme will open fully by March 2019.