1. Overview

To get a child passport, your child must be under 16 and one of the following:

  • a British citizen
  • a British overseas territories citizen
  • a British overseas citizen

Get more information on eligibility for a British passport.

If your child is eligible, apply online or get an application form.

Who can apply

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.

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

Cost

It costs £46 to get a child passport online or by post, or £55.75 using the Post Office Passport Check and Send service.

Fostering, surrogacy and assisted reproduction

There are special rules if: