1. Overview

To travel overseas, you must renew your passport and send additional documents with your application if you change:

  • your name (by marriage, civil partnership, deed poll, go back to your maiden name or add middle names)
  • gender (even if your name remains the same)
  • how you spell your name (eg changing from Brian to Bryan)

You get up to 9 months extra time on a new passport to cover time left on your old one.

Follow the process for renewing a passport - but send the appropriate documents with your application.

When you don’t need to get a new passport

You don’t need a new passport if you:

  • change your job, title, address or contact details
  • emigrate
  • change your marital status but keep your name
  • get nationality of another country as well as your British nationality

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