UK Passport Service Guide

UK Passport Service Guide - Everything you need to know about applying for a UK passport.

UK Passports

Your First Adult UK Passport Application

Once you are 16 years or over you can make for your first adult UK passport application. Of course you will also need to be either a;

-British citizen
-British overseas territories citizen
-British subject
-British national (overseas)
-British protected person

You cannot use the IPS Fast Track One Week or Premium One Day Services when making your first adult UK passport application. The reason for this is because you will need to attend a UK passport interview before your passport is issued.

The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) will get in touch with you to arrange an interview once they have received and checked your application.

To avoid disappointment, once you have made a British passport application give yourself at least six weeks before making arrangements for foreign travel.

You will not need to attend an interview if you have previously held a child passport issued in the UK.

Things you’ll Need to Get your First UK Passport

  1. A correctly completed new UK passport application form.
  2. The right money to pay for your new passport.
  3. 2 identical colour photographs. (certified)
  4. Your birth or adoption certificate.
  5. IPS may ask for further documents relating to your parents.


New UK Passport
If you are over 82 years old and were born before 02.09.1929, the good news is your first UK passport application is FREE.

However, for everyone else the fee is £77.50. For this you’ll get the standard 32 page 10 year passport.

A jumbo (48 page) passport will set you back £90.50.

Click here for a full list of passport fees.


If you haven’t held a UK child passport you must attend an interview for your first adult passport

New U.K. passport application form:

There is one standard form for all UK passport applications,
you just need to fill out the relevant parts depending on what type of passport you’re applying for.

There are 3 different ways in which you can obtain a passport application form for a new UK Passport.

  1. You can pick a form up from a main Post Office branch.
  2. Or you call Her majesty’s passport Office on the advice line 0300 222 0000 and they will also send you a form through the post.
  3. Or you can visit the government site and fill out the form there.

Who needs to sign your application form?

Whoever you get to countersign your form, they should have known you for at least 2 years and they must:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • hold a current British or Irish passport
  • be happy to write their passport number on your UK passport application form
  • work in a recognised profession


  • they must not be related to you
  • they must not be involved with you personally
  • they must not live at home with you
  • and they must not work for the IPS

For a long list of the type of person who can countersign your application form click here – Suitable Professions

Passport Photos:

They will also need to certify one of your passport photos by writing on the back, the following statement:

I certify that this is a true likeness of – Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms or other title followed by your full name

They must then sign and date this statement on the back of one of your photos.

Click here for more details on UK passport photos.

If you were born in the UK before 1983, you will need to supply your birth or adoption certificate.

If you were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983, The Identity and Passport Service will want to see your full birth or adoption certificate showing your parents details.

They also need to see one of the following:

your mother’s UK birth certificate, Home Office certificate of registration or naturalisation, or her passport that was valid at the time of your birth.


your father’s UK birth certificate, Home Office certificate of registration or naturalisation, or his passport that was valid at the time of your birth and your parent’s marriage certificate.

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