Children under 16 years old
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.
It costs £46 to get a child passport by post, or £54.75 using the Post Office Passport Check and Send service.
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.
|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|
Fostering, surrogacy and assisted reproduction
There are special rules if: