2. Documents you must send with your application

You must send original documents that prove your identity as part of your application. The documents you need to send depend on your circumstances.

You must send originals - photocopies or certified copies won’t be accepted. Laminated documents can only be used to prove a change of name (eg a marriage certificate).

How your documents will be sent back

Your documents will be sent back through the normal post.

You can pay an extra £3 to get your supporting documents sent back to you via secure delivery when your application has been processed.

Choose this service on your application if you want to use it.

Born or adopted in the UK

Before 1 January 1983

You must send your birth or adoption certificate.

On or after 1 January 1983

You must send your birth or adoption certificate and either:

  • your mother’s or father’s UK birth certificate, Home Office certificate of registration/naturalisation, a British passport belonging to one of your parents that was valid when you were born or a British passport number for either parent
  • evidence of one of your parents’ immigration status in the UK at the time of your birth (eg a foreign passport belonging to one of your parents that was valid when you were born)

If you send documents related to your father, you must also send your parents’ marriage certificate (unless you were born or adopted on or after 1 July 2006 or adopted by a same-sex couple).

Born outside the UK

You have a certificate of naturalisation or registration

You must send:

  • your naturalisation or registration certificate
  • the passport you used to come into the UK or foreign passport you’re included on

Citizen of a British overseas territory - born before 1 January 1983

You must send:

  • your birth certificate
  • your current passport
  • the passport you used to come into the UK or foreign passport you’re included on

Born before 1 January 1983 and your father was born in the UK

You must send:

  • your full birth certificate showing your parents’ details
  • your father’s birth certificate
  • your parents’ marriage certificate
  • the passport you used to come into the UK or foreign passport you’re included on

Born on or after 1 January 1983

You must send:

  • your full birth certificate showing your parents’ details
  • the passport you used to come into the UK or any foreign passport that you are included on

You must also send evidence of one parent’s British nationality. This can be their UK birth or adoption, naturalisation or registration certificate.

If these documents are about your father, you must include the marriage certificate when he married your mother - unless you were born on or after 1 July 2006.

Other circumstances and more advice

If your circumstances aren’t listed here, or you want more advice, read the guidance booklet on applying for a passport.

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