Apply for a first child passport
If your child has never had a British passport you must apply for a first child passport.
Your child must have British nationality to be eligible for a British passport.
How long it takes
Because of coronavirus (COVID-19), it takes up to 4 weeks to get a passport if you apply online. It takes longer if you apply by post.
You may be able to get a passport urgently to travel for compassionate reasons, your work, or to prove your child’s identity.
Do not book travel until you have a valid passport - the new passport will not have the same number as the old one.
To apply online you’ll need:
- a digital photo of your child (or a device that takes digital photos)
- supporting documents
- a credit or debit card
It costs £49.
Apply and pay for the passport online.
Ask someone to confirm your child’s identity
After you’ve paid and submitted the application, you’ll need to ask someone to confirm your child’s identity.
Let the person know that they’ll receive an email from HM Passport Office telling them what to do. They’ll confirm your child’s identity online - they do not need to sign a printed photo.
Apply by post
Because of coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s taking longer to process paper applications than online applications. Use the online service to apply.
You can apply by post by either:
- getting a paper form from a Post Office that offers the Passport Check and Send service
- contacting the Passport Adviceline to get a form posted to you
Fill in sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9 of the form. Your child needs to sign section 6 if they’re 12 or over. You need to get someone else, known as your ‘countersignatory’, to fill in section 10 and certify your child’s photo.
Read the booklet that comes with the form if you need help with your application.
To send in your application, 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
Signing the application
Someone with parental responsibility must sign the form.
If your child is 12 to 15 they need to sign the form too.
You must send original documents or official copies of certificates. Photocopies are not accepted, even ‘certified copies’.
If your documents are not in English or Welsh, you’ll need to send certified translations as well as the originals.
You cannot send laminated documents.
If the name on the passport does not match what’s on the birth certificate
You must send:
- a signed and dated letter from everyone with parental responsibility confirming the name change and that they agree to the child getting a new passport
- a deed poll
- at least one piece of evidence that shows the new name being used, for example NHS records, child benefits or school records
What documents to provide if you apply online
If you apply online, you’ll be told what documents you need to provide.
What documents to send if you apply by post
If you apply by post, you must send:
- 2 new photos of your child
- the child’s full birth or adoption certificate (the one with parent’s details on it)
- proof that your child has British nationality (for example a British registration certificate, parent’s passport details or parent’s birth certificates)
- any valid passports from a different country belonging to the child
- any court orders (for example, that describe parental responsibility or residency arrangements)
Read the guidance notes to find out which documents you need to send.
Choose how you want your documents sent back
Your documents will be sent back to you by normal post, but you can pay an extra £5 to get them sent by secure delivery. Choose this service on your application if you want to use it.
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 will not say the package is your passport)
You can track your passport application.