How do you apply for a British Passport?

You can apply for a British passport in several different ways. In this article we would like to let you know how the application process works what the fees are and how long it generally takes for you to get a new passport. 

Application processes: 

First of all you must hold a valid British citizenship, a valid British identification card in order for you to be considered eligible for getting a password. You must also be legally eligible and not being under any criminal process during the time you apply for a passport. There are further conditions of the application. You can get further details by calling the HM Passport Office Contact Number. 

Application for first passport for adults:

You can apply for a first passport if you are over the legal age of 16 years. Note that if you are holding your child passport by the time you reach 16 years of age, you can freely wait out the expiration date which is featured on your current passport, it will be valid to use, even if you are over the age of 18 by the time your child passport expires. 

You will need to fill out the application form and you will also need to provide two passport sized photographs which are made following all the passport photo related rules which are featured on the Government Website of the UK (

Application for a child passport: 

The legal parents of the child are eligible to apply for a passport for their children ensuring you can provide with all legal documents which generally includes the child’s Identity card and birth certificate. 

Application for the renewal of passport due to expiration: if your passport is about to expire you will need to fill out a passport renewal form and send that in. 

Application for passport details change: if you change your name, your gender or your appearance (drastic changes only) you will need to submit a request to get your passport details changed. 

The ways of application: 

Online through the website: if you hold a valid debit or credit card and you would like submit a passport application, request for renewal or change request you can do it online by paying the applicable free right away. Note that the time of your new passport to be done and handed over to you is generally between 3 to 6 weeks, which means, that you will need to obtain a passport well in advance of any planned travel.  Note that if you are an expat it is no longer possible for you to apply for a passport renewal through the British consulate as all passports related procedures are now managed by the HM Passport office. 

Through your local post office: every single post office has application forms which you can fill out manually and send it in via post. This would cost some additional fee, but it also offers you the chance to be able to pay for the application by cash or by check too.