Who can apply
You can apply for your first adult passport if:
- you're aged 16 or over (or will be in three weeks)
- you've never had a British passport before
If you've previously had a child passport, you will need to renew your passport.
How to apply
Read the guidance notes carefully and follow the instructions before completing your passport application.
- complete the online passport application form and payment
- once you have completed the form you’ll receive a copy of your application by email and your payment receipt (sent to you in a separate e-mail)
- print your application and receipt and sign the appropriate box in the application
- provide two identical photographs and any required supporting documents
- if required, have the application countersigned (countersignature guidance)
- the Passport Office is currently closed to the public, please post or hand deliver your application in a sealed envelope to the clearly marked secure mail box, Customer and Local Services Centre, La Motte Street, St Helier, JE4 8PE
You may be contacted by a Passport Officer should any further documentation be required.
If you are unable to complete the online passport application form and require a paper copy please email email@example.com with your name and address and one will be sent to you in the post.
Passport fees, processing times and delivery
You'll need two identical photos taken within the last month of yourself.
Your application could be delayed or unaccepted if you do not follow the passport photo requirements.
Getting someone to sign your passport photo
You'll need to get one of your
photos signed by someone else to prove your identity.
After you have applied
If you are an adult aged 18 to 65, and you have applied for your first British passport.
You'll need to book an appointment for an interview at our offices unless you have been:
- naturalised as a British citizen
- registered as a British citizen
Before your interview you need to get a letter confirming when and if you are registered at the Income Tax and Social Security.
We will send you a letter outlining the types of supporting documents that you'll need to bring to the interview.
What happens at the interview
Your interview will take about 30 minutes.
You'll be asked confirm facts about yourself to make sure you are who you claim to be.
Documents to take with you to the interview
You need to send original documents. Photocopies are not accepted.
You should bring:
- your application form
- letters from Income Tax and Social Security
- documentary evidence to help verify your identity (at least one document that has your photograph)
The documents you are asked to provide will depend on where and when you were born. To check which documents you'll need to provide read the passport application guidance notes.
Introduction of blue passports
The new blue passport design will be issued later in 2020 to British nationals renewing or applying for a new passport.
The blue passports will be phased in gradually, British passport holders don't need to take any action before their current passport renewal date.
If you renew or apply for a passport between in early 2020, you’ll be issued with either a blue or a burgundy British passport, you will not be able to choose which one you get.
All British passports issued from mid 2020 will be blue.
Currently a small percentage of British Islanders, who have no links to the UK, have an Islander Endorsement stamp in their passports. This endorsement restricts the automatic right to live and work in the EU. After 31 December 2020 this endorsement will cease to be added to any new or renewed Jersey variant British passports.