Process for Applying British Passport

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Process for Applying British First Time Adult Passport:

British Passport is a travel document issued only to the Citizens of United Kingdom. British Passport confirms the Identity & nationality of the holder and facilitates the holder for International travel. British Citizens who stay in United Kingdom & who stay in overseas can apply British passport by following these simple steps.

Step 1: Eligibility

Step 2: Application Form & Filling the Application Form

Step 3: Required Documents

Step 4: Passport size Photos & Photo requirements

Step 5: Counter Signatory

Step 6: Passport Fees & Mode of Payment

Step 7: Check List for Lodging the Application Form

Step 8: Lodging the Application Form

Step 9: Booking an Appointment for Interview

Step 10: Passport Interview

Step 11: Tracking your Application Status

Step 12: Collecting your Passport

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Step 1- Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a British National

The British Nationals who belong to the following 6 categories are eligible for applying for British Passport

  1. British Citizenship

To confirm your British Citizenship click here: (https://www.gov.uk/check-british-citizen)

  1. British Overseas Citizen

To confirm your British Citizenship click here: (https://www.gov.uk/types-of-british-nationality/british-overseas-citizen)

  1. British Overseas Territories Citizen

To confirm your British Citizenship click here: (https://www.gov.uk/types-of-british-nationality/british-overseas-citizen)

  1. British National (Overseas)

To confirm your British Citizenship click here: (https://www.gov.uk/types-of-british-nationality/british-national-overseas)

  1. British Protected Person

To confirm your British Citizenship click here: (https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi/british-citizenship-and-nationality)

  1. British Subject

To confirm your British Citizenship click here: (https://www.gov.uk/types-of-british-nationality/british-subject)

Step 2- Application Form:

British Nationals can get the Passport Application form in 2 ways

  • Applicant can apply online by visiting the official website
  • Applicant can get the application form any nearest Post office
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Process for Filling the Application Form online:

Step1: Visit the Official Passport website

Step2: Check your eligibility

Step3: After confirming the eligibility, fill the complete application form with correct details & take the print of the filled application form

Step4: Attach 2 most recent & identical photographs

Step5: Passport application form & one of the photos of the applicant must be attested by a Counter Signatory

Step6: Attach the required documents

Step7: Pay the prescribed fees (fees can be paid by Credit card/Debit card)

Step8: You can submit your application form in person or you can sent it by post

Note:

  • For using this facility applicant must have either Debit Card/ Credit Card
  • Applicants who are applying the Passport online cannot use the check & send service

Guidelines for filling the application form click here: (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/applying-for-a-passport)

Process for Filling the Application Form normally:

Step 1: Visit a nearest Post office

Step 2: Take a Passport Application form

Step 3: Fill the complete application form with correct details

Step 4: Attach 2 most recent & identical photographs

Step 5: Passport application form & one of the photos must be attested by a Counter Signatory

Step 6: Attach the required documents

Step 7: Pay the prescribed fees (fees can be paid by Cash/Credit card/Debit card/Postal Order)

Step 8: You can submit your application form in person or you can sent it by post

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Note:

Applicants who are applying by taking an application form, they can use the Passport check & send Service, where the authorized person in the post office will verify your passport application form & sends it to the Passport office.

British Nationals applying Passport from overseas click here: (https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports)

Guidelines for filling the application form click here: (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/applying-for-a-passport)

Step 3- Required Documents:

British Nationals who are applying for Passport must submit the following original Certificates

  • Completely filled Passport Application form
  • Applicants Birth Certificate
  • Applicants Father’s Birth Certificate
  • Parents Marriage Certificate

For more details on Documents required click here: (https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-adult-passport/photos-and-documents-you-must-send)

Step 4-Passport size Photos & Photo requirements:

British Nationals who are applying for Passport must provide 2 identical & most recent photos which are in standard size (used in UK). Applicants Photo is more important for security reasons & if the applicant’s photo does not reach the requirements prescribed by the British Passport office, application may not be forwarded. Applicant’s photos must meet the following requirements.

  • Photos width 35 mm & height 45 mm
  • Photos should be identical & less than a month old
  • Photos should be clear & in focus

To know more details on Photo specifications click here: (https://www.gov.uk/photos-for-passports)

Step 5- Counter Signatory:

  • Counter Signatory must be a British National & must be a valid Passport holder, who helps the British Passport Office in recognizing the Passport applicant.
  • Counter Signatory is a person who must attest the applicant’s Passport application form, helps the Passport applicant in identifying & simultaneously helps the British Passport office in recognizing the Passport applicant.
  • Counter Signatory must verify the applicant’s application form, write his Passport number & sign it.
  • Counter Signatory should write the following sentence on back side of one photo of applicant that I certify that True likeness (of the applicant’s full name)

For details of Counter Signatory officials accepted by the British Passport office click here: (https://www.gov.uk/countersigning-passport-applications/accepted-occupations-for-countersignatories)

Eligibility for Counter Signatory:

  • Counter Signatory must be a Citizen of British & should be good standing in their community
  • Counter Signatory must be a valid British or Irish Passport holder
  • Counter Signatory must live in UK
  • Counter Signatory must not be a relative to the Passport applicant by birth or Marriage
  • Counter Signatory must not live at the Passport applicant’s address
  • Counter Signatory should not have any other relationship with the Passport applicant.
  • Counter Signatory must know the Passport applicant from at least 2 years

Step 6- Passport Fees & Mode of Payment:

Passport Fees:

  • Standard 32 Page Passport – £72.50 (without Passport Check and Send Service)
  • Standard 32 Page Passport – £82.25 (with Passport Check and Send Service)
  • Passport 48 Page Passport – £85.50 (without Passport Check and Send Service)
  • Passport 48 Page Passport – £95.25 (with Passport Check and Send Service)

Passport fees can be paid by Credit card or Debit Card or Cash or Postal Order

To know more details on Passport fees click here: (https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-adult-passport/fees-and-how-to-pay)

Step 7- Check list for Lodging Passport Application Form:

  • Completely filled Passport application form
  • Original documents required for applying passport
  • 2 Identical & most recent passport size photos one of them must be attested by a Counter Signatory

Step 8- Lodging the Application Form:

Applicants after completing all the above formalities can submit their Passport application online or  by post.

Step 9 – Booking an Appointment for Interview:

After the successful submission of your passport application form you will get a letter from the HM post office to book an appointment. Applicant can confirm the appointment by phone

Step 10 – Passport Interview:

On the day of your interview you will be asked about your personal information. If the information given by you matches with the information filled in the application form then your application form will be processed. Interview duration will be about 30 minutes.

To know more details on the Passport Interview click here:

(https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-adult-passport/your-passport-interview)

Step 11- Tracking your Application Status:

Applicants who had applied for Passport can track their application status by using this facility

Applicants applied for Passport by online & uploaded a Digital photo can click here to Track their Application Status: (https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/track/)

Applicants applied for Passport by online & Posted the Application form can click here to Track their Application Status: (https://passportapplication.service.gov.uk/ips-olc/)

Applicants applied for Passport by Paper application form can click here to Track their Application Status: (https://passportofficeforms.service.gov.uk/_/track-application.ofml)

Step 12- Collecting your Passport:

After the successful submission of your passport application form along with photos & required documents you will get your passport by registered post for the address you mentioned in the application form within 6 weeks

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