British Passport Application Process

Applying for a British Passport is the last step of your UK citizenship journey. You can use this document to prove your status as a British national.


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What is the British Passport application process?

You can submit your British Passport application process once you have become a British citizen. This document will let you prove your status as a UK national, either after registration or naturalisation.


A passport is a travel document that will allow you to enter and leave the country free from immigration controls. It can also be used as proof of identity for accessing benefits and services and also represents proof of right to work, study and live permanently in the UK.


Our team of immigration lawyers can help you submit your form or apply for a British Passport for your children.


How to apply for a British Passport?

You can request your passport via one of the following methods:


  • Online. This is the cheapest and easiest way to apply since the application wizard will guide you through each step of the process.
  • Post Office Check & Send Service. Your local Post Office will take care of checking your bundle of documents, and they will send it to HM Passport Office by Special Delivery. You will be charged an additional fee for this service.
  • Post. You can directly send your application, along with your supporting documents, to the UKVI. You must not forget to attach the correct postage to your envelope.
  • By appointment. The 1-day Premium and 1-week Fast Track services are only available upon appointment.


If you are applying from abroad, you must follow a different procedure. The process you will have to go through will depend on the particular rules of the country you are applying from.

Important information about your passport application

To avoid any delay in your application, it is essential to fill in each part of your form correctly. When completing your documents, you should keep in mind the following:


  • The name on your passport should match the name that appears on your documentation.
  • If you have changed your name, you must use your new name on your application.
  • You must list all your maiden or previous names.
  • You must enter details of any previous UK passport that you have held.
  • To apply for an adult passport, you must be aged 16 or over (or will be in three weeks from the date of your request).
  • An adult passport is valid for 10 years.
  • If you hold a child passport, you can use it until it expires even if you are over 18.

What documents do I need to apply for a UK Passport?

When submitting your application, you must ensure that you send only your original documents.


Photocopies are not accepted, but you can get an official copy of the evidence that you are not able to gather.


The following are the documents required to apply for your first British passport:

Do I need a countersignatory?

A counter-signatory is someone of your choice who can confirm your identity. Their role is to confirm that they have known you personally for at least two years and that, to the best of their knowledge, the information you have provided in your application is correct.


Your counter-signatory must:


You will not need a countersignatory if you are applying online or from abroad.


What are the UK Passport fees?

The cost of your British passport will vary depending on the type of application you are making, and from where you are submitting your form.


If you are applying from the UK, you will be charged as follows:

Will my supporting documents be returned?

All your documentation will be returned separately from your passport once your application is completed. If you wish, you can pay an additional charge for a secure delivery, that will let you track your package. You will be responsible for providing a valid UK address where your documents and passport will be delivered.


Any personal information used or provided during your interview will be destroyed after your passport is issued.

If you need support with your passport application, you can get in touch with our London, Manchester, or Birmingham immigration lawyers, or alternatively, use the office finder to find the closest branch to you.