How to Get a New UK Passport

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There are many procedures a traveller must go through before departing, mostly involving packing and what exactly to bring. When travelling internationally, a passport is almost always required, and this holds true to citizens of the United Kingdom. However, passports are not just handed out and there are many regulations involved with receiving a new one. These are the procedures for getting a UK passport.

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Things you need

  • Birth certificate
  • Government-issued ID
  • Application fee
  • Two passport photographs
  • Co-signer

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  1. 1

    Pick up a passport application form from a post-office branch which offers "Passport Check & Send" services. Fill it out. The form can also be completed online.

  2. 2

    Find someone to cosign the form. The co-signer must be someone who is in good standing with the community; who has known you for at least two years; and who is willing to write his own passport number on the form.

  3. 3

    Get two copies of your passport photo.

  4. 4

    Have your co-signer sign, date and write "I certify the likeness of this is true of [Miss/Mr./Mrs./Ms. followed by your full name]" on the back of one of the photographs.

  5. 5

    Return to the post office with the completed form, the two passport photos, your birth certificate, valid government ID and application fee.

  6. 6

    Wait for a letter from the IPS Regional Passport Office, which will instruct you to call in and schedule a passport Interview.

  7. 7

    Attend your passport interview, which will take about 30 minutes.

  8. 8

    Receive your passport around six weeks after you submitted your application.

Tips and warnings

  • Passport interviews are only for those who have never had a British passport before.
  • When submitting your application, you may also need your mother or father's birth certificate.

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