Applying for a child’s passport can sometimes be daunting but also an exciting time. This is a quick guide I have written for applying for your child’s first passport. Hopefully, this post will help you and you won’t end up with your application being returned.
Although if you are stuck check out the official passport website for help or the post office (added fees may apply though). Make sure you go through each section, as information may differ depending on if you are a UK resident or not.
Remember to use a black ballpoint pen when filling out the form and write in capital letters. I know a few times I forgot about the black pen and used blue! Oops.
Also, I have lots of other tips and advice about family travel, so make sure you have a look around to see if anything else can help you.
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Applying For Your First Child’s Passport (UK)
Section 1 – Type of Passport
This section asks you to put a cross [X] in the box which applies to you. So you would cross the box – Your First British Passport and cross the child box. If it was a renewal then you would cross the child box under renewal.
Section 2 – Who Is the Passport For?
Fill out all your child’s information. Make sure it all matches your child’s birth certificate. Put in your mobile number and email address if you wish in this section too. You will get handy text messages throughout the process including when they post your child’s passport to you. I find it saves you stressing about whether or not it is on its way.
Section 3 – Have You Had A Passport Before?
As you are applying for a first passport you should cross the NO box.
Section 4 – Parent’s Details
Fill in all the details correctly, if you have passport details then add in the numbers from the passports (adult passports).
Also if you were born after 31st December 1982 or born abroad then you have to fill in your child’s grandparents’ details (full name, town, country, date of birth, and date of marriage) So you would need 4 lots of details; well for my son’s first UK passport, he has two sets of grandparents. You can write the details in Section 8 or on a piece of paper.
The most asked question regarding this section is “Do you have to fill in grandparents’ details for a child’s passport?”
Answer: I have heard from various sources regarding this section about the grandparents’ details. Some people have mentioned that if you have both of the child’s parents’ passport numbers, you do not need the grandparents’ details. However, I would advise you to fill in as many details about the grandparents as you can, just to be on the safe side. When renewing my son’s passport, I have also added a note on the application stating that his father’s parents’ details are unknown and I have never had a problem.
Section 5 – Certificate of registration or naturalisation
Cross the correct box and fill in relevant information if you crossed the yes box
Section 6 – Children ages 12-15
If your child is between 12 and 15 then they have to sign and date this section
Section 8 – More Information
If you need to fill in grandparents’ details, then fill in this section (if needed)
Section 9 – Declaration
If your child is under 16 then you will have to sign and date the form and put your relationship to the child
Section 10 – Countersignature
Check the official website for more details on who can sign the pictures and fill in this section. Normally it cannot be a relation to you. I normally get our accountant to fill in the forms or one of my friend’s husbands who we have known for years.
You can take the pictures by yourself or from a professional body like Timpsons. I normally use Timpsons who are pretty decent. Timpsons also do a special code, so you can apply for your child passport online and use the code for the picture taken in-store. If you take the pictures yourself remember to follow the guidelines very carefully as they are very strict with the photos.
I have taken my own passport photos before and I would advise standing against a white wall (or as close as you can to white), having a light ring in front of you (or your subject) and taking passport photos that way. This stops shadows behind you and gives a nice light.
Children under 5 do not need to have a neutral expression or look directly at the camera. Babies under one don’t need to have their eyes open. (Both my boys were about 2 weeks old and had their eyes shut in their photos).
How Much Does A Child’s Passport Cost?
In 2022, the price for a child’s passport is £49 (online application). Applying via post will cost you more and you can also pay extra to have your supporting documents returned to you by secure post.
Before sending off the form and all documents triple check everything is correct. Normally it is the FULL birth certificate that is needed and not the short one you get from registering your child’s birth.
The normal lead time is 2-4 weeks to receive your passport however during busy times this can be much longer, sometimes 10+ weeks. So send your passport application off well in advance. My sons came back pretty quickly (2 weeks max) and they also send back the birth certificate and any other information you have sent in separately.
Have you applied for your child’s passport recently? Did it go smoothly or did something go wrong?
Common Questions For Applying For Your Child’s First British Passport
What documents do you need for a child’s first passport?
You can find updated information on what you need to send as supporting documents on the GOV website. Usually, it is two passport-sized photos, a full birth certificate, proof of British nationality and any court orders relating to the child.
Do you need grandparents’ details for the child’s first passport?
I have already noted before in section 4 that if you can you should try and provide the information. However, if something is unknown then just state in the correct section why details cannot be provided. If you need to check what is required it is best to contact the Passport Advice Line on exactly what you are required to send. This will then stop any passports from being rejected.
Disclaimer: Please always check your passport forms with the Post Office if you are having problems. This information was correct at the time of publishing. However, things can change and I cannot be held responsible for any incorrect information regarding passport details.
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