Passport interviews are a part of the application process if you are applying for a first adult passport. This means your application will take longer. You should allow six weeks for the application process.
Interviews are held at our office and each one takes around 30 minutes. Contact our office to arrange a passport interview appointment.
Who needs to be interviewed?
Adults aged 18 to 65, who have never before had a British passport normally need to have an interview.
This requirement does not apply if you have been naturalised or registered as a British citizen.
Additionally, if you had your own passport as a child, you will not need an interview, as your application will be classed as a renewal.
If you did not have a passport as a child (or you were only ever included on a parent’s passport) you will need to attend an interview.
The interview process
You need to apply for your passport in the usual way, using the standard application form.
Once we have received your application, we will send you a letter outlining the types of supporting documents that you will need to bring with you to the interview.
You will then need to contact our office to make an appointment for an interview at our office at Maritime House, and mostly you will be asked to confirm facts about yourself.
Recommended time to apply
We recommend that you submit your application six weeks before you need to travel.
Do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your new passport.
No express service for first-time adult passport customers
It will not be possible for you to use the express service as you will need to attend an interview.