Apply for British Passport

How to apply for a British Passport

To apply for British passport you must first hold British nationality.

There are different ways to become a British citizen. The most common is called ‘naturalisation’.

Once you have attained British Citizenship, you are permitted to proceed with an application for a British passport.

If you are applying for your first British passport, you should expect to have to attend an interview and answers questions to verify your identity.

Note also that securing British nationality will not guarantee you a British passport, if certain circumstances apply.

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What happens at the passport interview?

If you are over 16 and are applying for your first British passport, you should expect to be asked to attend an interview with the Identity & Passport Service (IPS).

The purpose of the passport interview is to minimise identity fraud. Applicants are required to answer questions relating to personal information to verify your identity.

The interview typically lasts 30 minutes.

How do I apply for a child’s British passport? 

Any child up to the age of 16 not already on a parent’s passport must hold their own passport. A child passport usually lasts for five years and the holder may continue to use it after they have reached the age of 16 and until the passport expires.

Do I need to hold British Citizenship before I can apply for a British passport?

British citizenship is a pre-requisite to being granted a British passport.

For example, if you are an EU citizen and have been living in the UK for six or more years you could be eligible to make an application to be naturalised and acquire British Citizenship.

The application for British citizenship requires:

  • You must have been in the UK for 6 or more years
  • During your time in the UK, you must have been working, self-employed, or a student ie exercising your Treaty Rights
  • You must meet the residence requirements, which include an assessment of your absences from the UK and where you intend to live after making the application
  • You will need to pass the Life in the UK Test
  • You also need to pass an approved English Language Test
  • You must meet the ‘good character’ requirement, for example, you must have no recent or serious criminal convictions, you must not be bankrupt, or associated with those considered to have ‘bad character’

How long does the passport application process take?

We would advise allowing 6 weeks between submitting your passport application and travel.

Fast tracked services are available for a fee, these however only relate to passport renewals and replacements, not new passport applications.

How much does a British passport cost?

The current costs for British passports are as follow:

  • First British adult passport – £72
  • Standard renewals, amendments or replacements – £72

Fast track services for renewals and replacements only:

  • One-week service – £97
  • Same-day service for renewals or amendments only – £114

I am from the EU, how does Brexit affect my eligibility for a British passport?

Since the UK voted to leave the EU, there has been no change to UK immigration rules affecting EU citizens’ eligibility to apply for British citizenship or a British passport.

This position may however change as part of a new immigration policy following the UK’s formal exit from Europe. Faced with this uncertainty, many eligible EEA nationals are applying now to secure their status in the UK through naturalisation and permanent residence.

Other points to note

  • British citizenship does not guarantee you will be issued a British passport. Your eligibility and circumstances will be assessed as part of the application process. Reasons for rejection could include for example any bail conditions or court orders you are subject to.
  • British passports remain the property of the UK Government and can be cancelled or withdrawn at any time.