How to apply for a UK passport online

Nowadays, most public services are available online. It’s now possible to complete a whole range of useful tasks without having to deal with long queues in-person.
 
One of the most useful things you can now easily do online is apply for a new passport. Applying for a new UK passport has never been easier and this guide will show you how to do it online through the GOV.UK website.
 
What you will need
  • A credit or debit card
  • A printer
  • Your previous passport (if you have one) 

Step 1: Starting your application 

Firstly, you will need to go to the GOV.UK online passport application service.
 
You will see the below screen. To begin, click on Start an application
 
GOV.UK passport application start screen
 
To get started, go to the drop down menu and click on the country where you live.  
Passport application getting started screen
 
You will then be required to fill in the rest of the application. If you already have or have previously had a passport, click on the red or black option. If not, click on the third option and then click on Next.
 
You will now have to accept the terms and conditions before you can continue with your application. 
 

Passport application passport possession question screenshot

Step 2: Filling in your application 

To start filling in your application click on the white boxes and start typing in your details. Part of this section will require you to also click on some drop down menus.
 
When you are happy click on Next.
 
Online passport application Who is passport for question screenshot
 
Now, fill in all your contact details in the same way then click on Next.
 
Any field with an asterix is mandatory and you will need to fill these boxes in before moving to the next page. 
 
At any point you can hit Save and exit and this will save your application at any point in time.  
 

Address details screen online passport application

Step 3: Filling in the rest of the application

If you have any previous passports this section is where you will add that information. 
 
Previous passport questions online passport application screen
 
When you click on Next you will get to a much longer section of the application. This is the ‘Parents details’ area. 
 
Fill in all the sections and click on Next once you are done. 
 
Parents details page online passport application screen
 

You will then see an Additional information page. If you have anything to add, please add it here on this page.

If you are blind and require a Braille sticker, click on the white check-box beneath the ‘Braille sticker’, then click on Next. 

 

Braille question online passport application screen
 
Check the details you have given are correct. If you are happy, click the Next button to continue. To make any changes click Edit details to edit the section.

Step 4: Completing your application 

To create another application, click the Add another application button. You can make up to 8 applications at the same time and pay for them all together at the end.
 
When you are ready to pay, click on Next
 

Confirmation screen passport application

    We hope that this guide has helped you to apply for a new UK passport, here are some useful links for you to look at next:

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