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How to Apply for British Passport

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Becoming a British citizen is no easy task, but the wait is definitely worth it. Not only do you get a lifestyle of your dreams, but you also get to live in a stable society and travel with a British passport unhindered throughout the world. Once you are a British citizen, the next step is automatically to apply for a British passport to enjoy British passport benefits. The passport is a booklet which signifies your UK citizenship when you travel abroad. You have to follow a few steps in order to get your passport. There are a few additional checks for those applying for a new passport compared to earlier times. The British passport is one of the strongest passports in the world when you travel. British passport holders can travel to a whopping 170+ countries visa-free. Now that you know all the advantages of holding a British passport, Here's a look at the requirements before you apply for British passport.

British passport Requirements

Remember, the first requirement is that you must have British nationality in order to apply for British passport. Those born in the UK need to send their birth or adoption certificate. In case you have recently acquired British citizenship, you'll need the following

  • Your naturalisation or registration certificate
  • The passport you used to come into the UK
  • A filled-in UK Passport Application form
  • You also need a digital photo to apply for your passport online or 2 identical printed photos in the case of applying on paper.
  • A countersignatory is needed for your passport and print photo to confirm your identity
Who can apply for a British passport?
  • British citizen
  • British overseas citizen
  • British overseas territories citizen
  • British national (overseas)
  • British protected person
  • British subject
How to submit the British passport application form?

You can apply for British passport online here. When you fill your form online, you get interactive help to fill it accurately.

You can also pick up a British passport application form from your local Post Office and then fill it and apply by post in the pre-printed envelope which comes with the form. You can find all information about your passport application form at the Passport Adviceline.

The British Citizenship Passport Application can also be sent by the Post Office Check and Send service. Your application is less likely to be rejected if you use Check and Send service. This is very popular and is used by many applicants and comes at just an extra £9.75.

Interview Process

Once you apply for British passport online or submit the British passport application in the paper form, you will be asked to attend an interview to confirm your identity at the HM Passport Office.

The interview is the best way for them to validate your identity before you receive your British passport. It usually lasts about 30 minutes and you are asked questions claiming your identity. After confirming your background and identity, your application will be processed further. As all the process is cleared smoothly, you’ll receive your new passport by courier or recorded delivery.

When will you get your UK passport?

Once you've applied, it takes around 6 weeks to get your passport. All your documents will be mailed back to you once your application is complete.

British Passport Application Cost

A standard UK passport costs £75.50 when you apply online for the first time and it costs £85 to apply in person at a Post Office.

Once you follow the above steps, you should be ready to receive your shiny British passport and get set to travel the world as a proud British passport holder and enjoy the British passport benefits.

Renewal of British Passport

You may need to renew or replace your passport for the following reasons.

  • If it’s expired or will expire soon
  • If it's stolen or damaged or you lose your passport
  • Change passport details

It takes up to 3 weeks to renew and get your passport. The new passport will be sent to you by courier or Royal Mail. You can renew it in 2 ways:
  • You can renew it online for £75.50.
  • You can get a paper application form by:
    • Going to a Post Office with a Check and Send service
    • Calling Passport Adviceline
The above methods cost £85.

For all additional clarifications, check out the British passport official page.