How to apply for a Passport

If you are wondering how to go about applying for your first passport then you are in the right place. The first thing you need to be aware of is that it will take at least 6 weeks to get your passport so you need to apply well in advance of travel dates to ensure your passport has arrived.

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You must be 16 years of age to apply for your first adult British passport and to be eligible you must be a British citizen, a British subject or a British National living outside the UK.

To apply, you will have to fill out an application form and supply 4 passport sized photographs of yourself. The application form needs to be accompanied by original copies of documents proving your identity. The documents required are a birth certificate and a letter with your current address. All documents will be returned to you by post once the application process is complete.

The fastest way to complete an application is to use the Passport Check & Send at your local Post Office. The cost for a 32 page passport through this service is £81.25 and if you want a jumbo sized passport with 48 pages then the cost is a reasonable £94.25.

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There is a slightly different process for people who have previously had a child passport and the turn around time is a lot faster.. You can apply for it through the Post Office’s Passport Check and Send service at a cost of £81.25. You should have your new adult passport within 3 weeks and any time left on your old child passport will be added to the new one up to a maximum of 9 months.

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