Renew a child passport

You can renew a child passport at any time.

Time left on an old passport will not be added to the new one.

You cannot renew a passport if your child’s name or other personal details have changed. You’ll need to apply for a new passport instead.

Renewing a passport before travel

If your child’s passport will expire soon you might need to renew it before they travel. Check the entry requirements of the countries they’re visiting before booking travel.

Travelling to the EU if there’s no Brexit deal

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, after 29 March 2019 your child will need at least 6 months left on their passport when they travel to most EU countries.

How to apply

Apply online

You can renew a child passport online.

You must print off your application form and send it to HM Passport Office with your photos and supporting documents. The address is on the form.

Apply by post

You can apply by post by either:

Fill in sections 1, 2, 3, 4, and 9 of the form. Your child needs to sign section 6 if they’re 12 or over.

If your child is 11 or under or cannot be recognised from their old passport photo you’ll need to get someone else, known as a ‘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.

Countersigning the application

If your child is under 12, you’ll need to get their application and one of their photos countersigned.

If your child is 12 or over, you only need to do this if they cannot be recognised from the photo in their current passport.

What documents to send with your application

You must send:

  • the old passport
  • 2 new photos of your child
  • any valid passports from a different country belonging to the child
  • any court orders (for example that describe parental responsibility or residency arrangements)

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.