Applying for a Childs Passport in the UK
If you’re planning a trip outside Britain for the first time with your child, then you need to apply for what is known as a first child passport.
Leaving the application of your first child passport to late may spell disaster for your planned holiday. It would be best if you considered doing this well ahead of time as the process can take three-four weeks. The online application offers the fastest turnaround, whereas post may take longer. One essential criterion for eligibility is the child must be of British nationality.
Step 1: Get your documents ready.
Before you start an application for a first child passport in the UK, the government will require supporting documents.
You will require original documents or government official copies of certificates. The passport office does not accept photocopies and/or laminated copies. In the event your documents are not written in English or Welsh, you shall need to send certified translations as well as the original or certified copies.
Documents you will need:
- 2 new photos of your child – see photo guidelines
- the child full birth certificate – order certified copy of the birth certificate
- adoption certificate of the child if the child was adopted – order certified copy of the adoption certificate
- Proof of British nationality – examples – parents full birth certificates – order here, British registration certificate or parent’s passport details
- any valid passports belonging to the child but issued by a different country.
- any relevant court orders – find out more
Step 2: Choose how you want to apply.
You can apply for a first child passport by two methods. So once you have your supporting documentation ready to submit, select which method of applying you prefer:
- Online application for a first child passport – Start the application now.
Applying by Post:
- Collect a paper application form from a post office which offers Passport Check and Send
- Alternatively, you have the application form mailed to you by contacting the Passport Adviceline.
The UK Government website advises:
Complete sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9 of the form. If your child is 12 years or over in age, they are required to sign section 6. To certify your child’s photo, you will need to get someone other than the parents, known as your ‘countersignatory’, to complete section 10.
The booklet that comes with the form offers help if you need it.
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
- The application form allows you to choose the method you want your original supporting documents returned to you.