Frequently Asked Questions

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First UK Passport

Free tool: How do I know if I’m a UK Citizen?
Do-it-yourself: How do I apply for a  First British passport?
How much does it cost to get a UK passport?
How long does it take to get a British passport?
How do I prove my UK citizenship?
How do I get my British passport urgently?
Is my child British?
First UK Passport for an adopted child. 

Renewal or Replacement UK Passport

Do-it-yourself: How do I Renew my British Passport?
Canada: UK Passport renewal
USA: UK Passport renewal
How do I Replace my Lost/Stolen/Damaged UK British Passport?
I have an old Blue Passport, is the process different to renew it?
How to check the status of your application?

Registering as a British Citizen

Register as a British Citizen
How to Register if You’re Born to a British Mother Before 1983
How to Register if You’re Born to an Unmarried British Father Before 2006
How to Register for Full British Citizenship as a British Overseas Territory Citizen

Other Questions Regarding British Citizenship and Nationality

Change of name on your British Passport – outside the UK
How to Contact HM Passport Office?
Types of British Nationality
How is British Citizenship Different From British Nationality?
What is The Right of Abode?
How to apply for a British Birth Certificate?
Benefits of a UK Citizenship – for first time British Passport holders.
OS UK Passport application form
UK Passport for the elderly
List of Visa-Free counties


Quick FAQ’s

How do I contact HM Passport office?

By phone in UK: 0300 222 0000
By phone outside UK: +44 (0)300 222 0000
Textphone: 18001 0300 222 0222
Monday to Friday – 8am to 8pm / Saturday, Sunday, & Bank Holidays 9am to 5:30pm
Go here to fill out a web form and receive an answer within 72 hours.

Her Majesty’s Passport Office
PO Box 767

What is a digital photo for a UK passport?

It is an electronic photo uploaded to HMPO’s website when you apply.

Tip: Find a solution for digital photos, click here. 

How can I get a digital photo for a UK passport?

You can use a digital camera, a cellphone, or another device that takes digital photos. Or, you can go to a booth or shop in the UK that takes passport photos.

Where can I find a British passport paper application?

You can apply on paper through the Post Office in the UK. For outside the UK, you can use a third part company and pay an extra fee, click here to learn more.

Do I have to use a third-party company to get my British passport?

No, you can apply directly online through HMPO’s website here.

Where can I get a replacement of a British birth certificate?

You must first register at the General Register Office (GRO) and then use the GRO ordering service to order a replacement birth certificate. You will need a debit or credit card to pay the fee.

Why do I have to send copies of all 36 pages of my passport (dual nationality)?

HMPO wants to know any trips and destinations you may have visited using your foreign passport. Click here to see an example.