What is a passport?
A passport is a document provided by the United Kingdom Identity & Passport Service (HM Passport Office). It's proof of your citizenship and is issued by every country in the world to its citizens. UK passports have 32 pages, and a 48 page jumbo passport is available for frequent travellers.
Do I need a passport?
Absolutely! It's a necessary document to visit countries outside the UK.
How long is my passport valid?
For adults, 10 years, and for under 15s, 5 years.
Do I get my old passport back when I renew?
Yes, unless it's damaged. It won't be able to be used for travel, and will be clearly marked "invalid". If there are any existing visas in your old passport you must advise us so we can carry them over to your new one.
How long must my passport be valid for international travel?
Most countries require that a passport be valid for at least six months beyond the completion of a trip. If your passport expires earlier than that date, you must apply to renew your passport.
How many blank passport pages do I need to meet entrance requirements to another country?
Visas are issued on a one page, one visa basis, therefore your passport must have enough blank pages to cover your entry and exit visas from each country.
Can a child be included on a parent's passport?
No, not since 1998. Children must apply for their own passports.
My child is already on my passport, can we still travel?
Yes. Your child can travel on a parent or sibling's passport if they are already named on it. When the passport needs renewing the child will have to apply for their own passport, but as long as it is in date, you can still take your child.
When should I renew my passport?
You can apply for a passport renewal a maximum of 9 months before your old passport expires, please save yourself any last minute panic and apply early! Any excess time on your old passport will be transferred to your new one.
How long does it take for me to receive my new passport?
This depends upon a number of factors, some applications are processed more quickly than others. Things that can affect the speed of your application include:
- How busy HM Passport Office is - April to September is the busiest period.
- Which service you use.
- Whether you provide all necessary information and correct documentation.
- Whether HM Passport Office need to contact the person who countersigned your application.
- Renewals using our online service will take a minimum of four weeks (not guaranteed). You should always allow more time in case HM Passport Office need to contact your counter signatory for more information.
Who can renew their passport?
Any passport holder! A straightforward renewal is possible if it was a standard 10 year passport or a five year child's passport, it is undamaged and you do not need to change your name or national status