Get a passport for your child

1. Overview

You can apply for a child passport if your child is under 16. It costs £46 and is valid for 5 years.

It should take 3 weeks to get the passport – use the 1 week Fast Track service if you need it urgently.

There are different rules if you’re applying from outside the UK.

Who can apply

Someone with parental responsibility for the child must apply for the passport and sign the form.

You need to give both parents’ details when you apply. If you can’t provide the other parent’s details, include a letter with the application to say why (for example, you’re the only parent named on the birth certificate or you adopted the child on your own).

What you should apply for

Situation Action
Your child is under 16 and has never had a British passport Apply for a first child passport
Your child is under 16 and has a British passport Renew your child’s passport
Your child is under 16 and their British passport has been lost, stolen or damaged Apply for a replacement passport
Your child is under 16 and has a British passport but some of their details have changed Apply for a new passport
Your child is over 16 (or will be in 3 weeks) and had a British child passport Follow the process for renewing or replacing an adult passport
Your child is over 16 (or will be in 3 weeks) and has never had a British passport Apply for a first adult passport