Obtaining a Passport

This section of the website is focused on obtaining a national insurance number, it covers:

 

  • Why do I need it?

  • How do I get one?

Get started below.

Basics

 

A passport is a travel document issued by the UK government that certifies who you are and which country you come from for the purposes of international travel.

You can get a passport at any age but if you do not already have one you can apply for a full adult passport if you are the following:

  • You are British

  • You are 16 or over (or will be in three weeks)

  • You’ve never had a UK passport before

  • If you’ve had a child’s passport you will be able to renew this.

A child’s passport lasts for 5 years and an adult passport lasts for 10 years.

Why do you need it?

 

You will need a passport for the following:

 

  • If you are travelling to a foreign country

  • You can use it as identification in the UK


How do I get one?

You need to apply for a passport.  This can be done either online or with a paper form. You can get a paper application form from a post office.

You will need some documents to get a passport:

  • A photo - either paper or digital depending on how you apply

  • Someone to confirm who you are - this could be your social worker

  • A document confirming who you are such as a birth certificate

  • Some way to pay for the passport 

You should get a passport as soon as you are 16.  Your social worker will be able to help with payment for the passport and confirm who you are on the application form.

There are strict rules as to what the photo should look like so check on the government website before taking the photo.

The cost of the passport varies depending on how you apply but if you apply online it costs £75.50 and if you apply with a paper application form it costs £85.

This is the link to the government website to get more information about getting a passport: https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-adult-passport