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British Passports

When applying for a First Time British Passport or Renewing your British Passport there are a range of different options available. Please see below for further guidance on adult passport applications:

First Time Adult Passport

If this is your first ever passport you will need to provide additional supporting documents with your application, please see below:

Application:

APPLY ONLINE (4-5 WEEKS)

VIA POST OFFICE (4-5 WEEKS)

Required Documents:
• Full UK Birth Certificate (Full version which needs to include parents details)
• Two identical Passport sized photographs
• An individual who has known you for more than 2 years, they must fill in the application form aswell as sign, date and certify one of the Passport sized photos (the second photo is to be left blank).

Please see here for more information on who can countersign.

Additonal requirements
Once you have sent your application form and supporting documents via post you will be contacted by either phone or letter within two weeks to arrange an interview at a local interview office, this is only requied for first time british passports as a security check.

Adult Passport Renewals

When renewing an adult passport Birth Certificates are not required, however depending on your application type, additional supporting documents may be required.

Application:

APPLY ONLINE (2-4 WEEKS)

VIA POST OFFICE (3-5 WEEKS)

Required Documents:
• Current British Passport (Valid or Expired)
• Two identical Passport sized photographs

*You do not need to get your form or photo countersigned if this is a straight forward Adult Renewal and you look similar to your current photograph.

*Please note that counter-signatories are only required if:
• Your Passport is lost
• Your Passport has been stolen
• Your Passport is Damaged
• You look sigificantly different from your current passport photo.

If this is the case you will need to find an individual who has known you for more than 2 years, they must fill in the application form aswell as sign, date and certify one of the Passport sized photos (the second photo is to be left blank).

Urgent Fast-Track Appointments

If you require your adult passport urgently you can take advantage of two services on offer, the 1 Week Fast-Track or Same Day Premium services. For each of these services you will need to book an appointment in advance, you can do so by clicking the buttons below:

BOOK 1 DAY PREMIUM

BOOK 1 WEEK FAST-TRACK

Not available for First Time Adult Passports: Unfortunately neither of the fast track services are available for first time adult passports, this is due to additonal checks, interviews and/or supporting documents that are required. You will need to apply via online or post if this is your first British Passport.



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