1. When you can apply

Children under 16 years old

You can usually apply for a passport for your child if:

  • they’re under 16
  • you legally have ‘parental responsibility’ for them

You automatically have parental responsibility if you:

  • are the child’s mother
  • are the child’s father and are married to the child’s mother
  • were married to the child’s mother when the child was born (or, in Scotland, when the mother became pregnant)
  • have adopted the child (alone, or jointly)

Read more information about parental responsibility if your situation is more complex or you jointly registered the birth of your child.

Cost

It costs £46 to get a child passport online or by post, or £54.75 using the Post Office Passport Check and Send service.

Children nearly or over 16 years old

Your child must apply for a 10-year adult passport if they’ll be 16 within the next few weeks or they’re already over 16. They can apply without getting parental consent.

Situation Action
Your child had a British child passport Follow the process for renewing an adult passport
Your child has been included on your passport Apply for their first adult passport
Your child has never had a British child passport Apply for their first adult passport

Fostering, surrogacy and assisted reproduction

There are special rules if:

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