How to Renew an Australian Passport for a Child

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How to Renew an Australian Passport for a Child
You will need to apply for a new passport for your Australian child after five years. (Digital Vision/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

For the purposes of an Australian passport, a child is classed as anyone under the age of 18 who is not and has never been married. A child's passport is usually valid for five years although it is not possible to renew a passport for a child. To get another passport for your child, the process is essentially the same as applying for a new passport. This is due to the fact that the Australian government requires a new photograph for a child after five years.

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  1. 1

    Complete a "Passport Application Form". These are on the website of the Australian Passport authority If you are overseas when applying for the new passport, complete an "Overseas Passport Application Form."

  2. 2

    Provide the birth certificate of the child, as well as his previous Australian passport. If the child was not born in Australia, provide the birth certificate, with an English translation attached and proof of Australian citizenship. If the child does not have a birth certificate, then you must complete a form "B6."

  3. 3

    Provide details of the person completing the application. This will usually be the parent or guardian of the child. Consent will also be needed from both parents, which can be given separately in any Australian embassy or consulate. If you cannot obtain this then include all court details referring to custody and responsibility of the child, as well as a form B8 or B9, with the application.

  4. 4

    Send the form, with all the appropriate details, including photographs, to an Australian Passport Office or an Australian diplomatic mission overseas. Once you have done this you can track your application online and make payments when appropriate. It will take around ten working days for the Australian Passport agency to process a child's passport, assuming all the documentation is correct.

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