1. Ways to apply, renew or update

If you’re in the UK, you can:

There’s a different way to get a passport for your child if you’re outside the UK.

How long it takes

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

Filling in the paper form

Applying for a first child passport

Fill in sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9. Your child needs to sign section 6 if they’re 12 or over. Your countersignatory needs to fill in section 10 and certify your child’s photo.

Renewing a child passport

Fill in sections 1, 2, 3, 4, and 9. Your child needs to sign section 6 if they’re 12 or over. If your child is 11 or under or can’t be recognised from their old passport photo, you’ll need a countersignatory - they need to fill in section 10 and certify your child’s new photo.

If you need more help

There’s more help in the booklet that comes with the form.

Send your application

Online applications

Print your form and post it with your photos and documents to the address on the form. You can’t use the Passport Check and Send service.

Paper applications

You can either:

  • post your form, photos and documents using the pre-printed envelope that comes with the form
  • take your form, photos and documents to the Post Office if you want to use the Passport Check and Send service

Track your application

You can track your passport application.

Getting your passport

Your new passport will be sent to you by courier or Royal Mail. They’ll either:

  • post it through your letterbox
  • hand it to you if you’re home
  • leave a card or post you a letter saying how you can get it (it won’t say the package is your passport)

Get help

Contact the Passport Adviceline if you need help.