1. Overview

You can apply for your first adult British passport if you’re aged 16 or over and 1 of the following:

  • a British citizen
  • a British overseas territories citizen
  • a British subject
  • a British national (overseas)
  • a British protected person

You can get more information about eligibility for a British passport.

You must follow a different application process if you’re outside the UK.

If you’ve had a child passport before, follow the process for renewing your passport to get your first adult passport.

How long it takes

It takes at least 6 weeks to get your first UK adult passport. Don’t book travel until you’ve got it.

Her Majesty’s Passport Office may ask to interview you as part of the application process.


Passport type Apply online or by post Apply using Passport Check and Send at a Post Office
Standard 32-page passport £72.50 £82.25
Jumbo 48-page passport £85.50 £95.25

Include a cheque or postal order payable to ‘Her Majesty’s Passport Office’ when applying by post.