Getting your first adult passport

Fees, ways to apply and how long it takes

A standard adult first passport costs £75.50 if you apply online or £85 to apply with a paper form from the Post Office.

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 apply for your first adult passport online or by post.

Apply online

You can apply for your first adult passport online.

You must print off your application form and send it to HM Passport Office with your photos and supporting documents. The address is on the form.

You can’t use the Passport Check and Send service if you fill in the form online.

Apply by post

You can apply by post by either:

Fill in sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9. You need to get someone else, known as your ‘countersignatory’, to fill in section 10 and certify your photo.

Read the booklet that comes with the form if you need help with your application.

To send in your application, 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)