Applying for a (British) passport

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To update your passport to be in your new name, you’ll need to apply for a new passport (in your new name).  You’ll need to pay the standard passport application fee.

Applying for a passport in your new name

To apply for a passport in your new name you'll need to send to HM Passport Office (along with your application form, photos, and any other supporting documents) the following things —

Change of name evidence
  • original deed poll (or marriage certificate, statutory declaration, etc.)
  • (for child applications) if anyone else has parental responsibility for your child — a signed and dated letter of consent from each person with parental responsibility or, in Scotland only, a letter confirming you have consulted with each person (and your child)
Use of name evidence

If you’ve changed your name by deed poll (change of name deed), you’ll also need to send one of the following documents, already showing your new name —

  • tax record (e.g. letter from HMRC or other tax authority)
  • employment record (e.g. payslip or official letter from employer)
  • educational record (e.g. school report)
  • letter from central, regional, or local government department (e.g. council tax bill)
  • driving licence (U.K. or overseas)
  • national identity card (or equivalent)
  • visa or residence permit
  • medical / health card
  • voting card
  • baptismal / confirmation certificate
  • bank statement (U.K. applications only)

This is to show that you mean to use your new name “for all purposes”, and thus is a genuine change of name.

(You don’t need to send use of name evidence if you’re just using your marriage / civil partnership certificate as proof of your change of name, or if you’re transgender and you’ve got a Gender Recognition Certificate in your new name.)

Documents must be dated within the last 3 months, and for visas and residency permits, must still be within their validity.

This means that you must update at least one other document or record to be in your new name before applying for your passport (in your new name).

If your passport is still valid

If your passport is still valid, you’ll need to apply for a new 10-year passport nonetheless, in order to update it with your new name.  Unlike your driving licence, you cannot simply update the one you’ve got, and you’ll need to pay the normal renewal fee (£ 75.50 for adults, £ 49 for children under 16.)

Up to 9 months of unexpired time on your old passport will be added to your new passport.

However there is no law requiring you to hold a passport, and — unlike your driving licence — there is no law law requiring you to update (or surrender) it merely because your name has changed.  If you change your name, your passport will stay a valid travel document until it expires.

How to apply for your passport

☞ If you live in the U.K., you can apply online ↗, or pick up a postal application form from your local post office ↗.
☞ If you live abroad, follow the process for applying outside the U.K. ↗

It should take around 6 weeks to get your first U.K. adult passport, but sometimes it can take longer.

All other application types (for example, renewing a passport or getting a child passport) should take 3 weeks.  It can take longer if more information is needed or your application hasn’t been filled out correctly.

There are also ways of getting a passport urgently ↗ (or an emergency travel document ↗, if you’re outside the U.K.).

Passport application forms and guidance

Last updated
PDF Applying for a British National Overseas (BNO) passport from Hong Kong August 2015
PDF Applying for a passport from outside the U.K. — Application form (OS) 21st September 2015
PDF Applying for a passport from outside the U.K. — Parents’ contact details form July 2015
PDF Applying for a passport from outside the U.K. — Guidance October 2016
PDF Applying for a passport from outside the U.K. — Guide to the online application service October 2016
PDF Applying for a passport from outside the U.K. — Payment instruction form July 2013
PDF Applying for a passport from outside the U.K. — Supporting documents (Group 1) October 2016
PDF Applying for a passport from outside the U.K. — Supporting documents (Group 2) October 2016
PDF Applying for a passport from outside the U.K. — Supporting documents (Group 3) October 2016
PDF Applying for a passport from Pakistan — Submitting supporting documents from the U.K. July 2014
PDF Applying for passports for looked-after children January 2009
PDF Applying for your passport — Guidance June 2018
Applying for your passport — Transgender / transsexual people October 2013
PDF Basic passport checks November 2015
PDF Children’s change of name policy 12th June 2017
PDF Children policy 14th February 2011
Word document Collective passport application form 21st September 2015
Word document Collective passport nationality questionnaire / parental consent form (child born in U.K.) 1st April 2013
Word document Collective passport nationality questionnaire / parental consent form (child born outside U.K.) 1st April 2013
Word document Collective passport payment instruction form 1st April 2013
Word document Data subject request form 17th August 2018
PDF Eye distance template December 2008
PDF Marriage policy 7th February 2012
PDF Names policy 16th August 2016
PDF Passport photographs
PDF Passport photo guidance 9th February 2011
PDF Post-dated passport form (PD2) July 2015
  Post-dated passport guidance (PD1) July 2015
PDF Premium 1 day or Fast Track 1 week Service refund claim form February 2016
PDF Privacy Information Notice May 2018
PDF Report a lost or stolen passport (LS01) March 2017

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