How it works
You need to get a new passport if you change any of the following:
- your name
- your gender
- your appearance, if you cannot be recognised from your passport photo any more (for example, you’ve had plastic surgery)
You will not be allowed to travel if you book your travel under a different name from what’s on your passport.
You’ll be sent a new 10 year passport. Time left on your old passport will not be added to your new one.
Changes you do not have to report
You do not have to tell HM Passport Office or get a new passport if you:
- change your address or contact details
- get a new job
- change your appearance slightly - for example, dye your hair or grow a beard
- change your marital status (divorce, marry or form a civil partnership) but keep your name
- change your title, for example, doctor or professor
- become a national of another country as well as the UK
How long it takes
Because of coronavirus (COVID-19), it takes up to 4 weeks to get a passport if you apply online. It takes longer if you apply by post.
You may be able to get your passport urgently if you need to travel for compassionate reasons or work, or to prove your identity.
Do not book travel until you have a valid passport - your new passport will not have the same number as your old one.
You can apply for a new passport online. It costs £75.50.
Apply using a paper application form
Because of coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s taking longer to process paper applications than online applications. Use the online service to get your passport.
You can get a paper application form by either:
It costs £85.
Fill in and sign your passport application using the name that you want to see printed on your passport.
You must get a countersignature if your appearance has changed and you cannot be recognised from your existing passport.
You do not need a countersignature if you’re changing your name or adding a title.
Unexpired visas in your old passport may become invalid if you change your name. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country that issued the visa.
If you have a non-British passport
If you have dual citizenship (‘dual nationality’) and have a non-British passport, the name on your non-British passport must match the name and gender you want on your British passport.
If it’s different, change the details on your non-British passport before you apply for a new British passport.