It is taking longer than usual to process applications because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Do not apply unless you need a passport urgently for compassionate reasons, for example if a family member has died, or for government business. Phone the Passport Adviceline to find out what to do.
You’ll need to be in the UK for 3 weeks to renew a British passport, or 6 weeks to apply for a first British passport, if you’re visiting the UK.
There are different ways to renew or replace your passport if you’re outside the UK.
It can take longer if more information is needed or your application hasn’t been filled out correctly.
Adult passport renewals
To renew your passport, use the:
Child passport renewals
First adult passport
To apply for a first adult passport, you must use the standard application process. This takes about 6 weeks, and you may have to attend an interview.
First child passport
If your child has never had a passport, or has only been included on yours, use the:
If you apply while you’re in the UK, your passport can only be delivered to a UK address - do not book any travel until you’ve got it.