Getting your first adult passport

2. Ways to apply and how long it takes

Apply if you’re outside the UK

Follow the process for applying outside the UK if you’re abroad.

Apply if you’re in the UK

You can:

Passport Adviceline
Online enquiry form
Telephone: 0300 222 0000
Textphone: 0300 222 0222
Text Relay: 18001 0300 222 0000
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 9am to 5:30pm
Find out about call charges

How long it takes

It can take around 6 weeks to get your first UK adult passport, but some applications may take longer.

Filling in the paper form

Fill in sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9. Your countersignatory needs to fill in section 10 and certify your photo.

There’s more help in the booklet that comes with the form.

Send your application

Online applications

Post your form, photos and documents to the address on the declaration form. You can’t use the Passport Check and Send service.

Paper applications

You can either:

  • post your form, photos and documents using the pre-printed envelope that comes with the form
  • take your form, photos and documents to the Post Office if you want to use the Passport Check and Send service

What happens after you apply

You can track your passport application.

HM Passport Office will contact you if they need to interview you to confirm your identity .

Getting your passport

Your new passport will be sent to you by courier or Royal Mail. They’ll either:

  • post it through your letterbox
  • hand it to you if you’re home
  • leave a card or post you a letter saying how you can get it (it won’t say the package is your passport)