Overview

It is taking longer than usual to process applications because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Do not apply unless you need a passport urgently for compassionate reasons, for example if a family member has died, or for government business. Phone the Passport Adviceline to find out what to do.

You can apply for a child passport if your child is under 16. It costs £49 to apply online and £58.50 to apply with a paper form from the Post Office. A child passport is valid for 5 years.

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

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

The rules for passports, driving, EHIC cards, pet travel and more may change from 1 January 2021. Act now so you can travel as planned.

Who can apply

Someone with parental responsibility for the child must apply for the passport.

You need to give both parents’ details when you apply. If you cannot provide the other parent’s details, you need 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 or stolen Apply for a replacement passport
Your child is under 16 and their British passport is 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