At what age babies in the United Kingdom are issued with a passport?

If you happen to be travelling with a baby and you are wondering at what age and what is the whole procedure of issuing a passport for children under the age of 16, you have come to the right place since this article will focus on providing you with everything you need to know regarding British passports of children under the age of 16.

 

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Who can apply on regard of the child since he/she is a minor yet?

The answer is someone with parental responsibility for the child. It is crucial when applying to provide details for both parents. If you cannot provide details for one of them, for reasons such as independent adoption of the child or you being the only named parent in the birth certificate, you should be able to give reasonable explanations for this supported by evidence.

What is the cost of the fee for issuing a British passport for children under the age of 16?

The fee varies depending on the option you choose. If you apply online for a passport the fee due is £57.50. However, if you apply for a child passport with a paper form from the Post Office, the fee will be a bit expensive, namely - £69.

You should keep in mind that if you are applying for a child passport outside the United Kingdom, there are some specifics and differences to the procedure and we advise you to look into them in advance.

Which are the necessary documents?

·        Two suitable passport pics of your baby
·        Their full birth certificate, or adoption certificate (the one with their parents’ details on)
·        Proof your child has British nationality, such as British registration certificate or parent’s passport or birth certificates
·        Any valid passports they might have from different countries
·        Any court orders, e.g. describing parental responsibility or residency arrangements.

Those documents will be discussed in detail in the following paragraphs.

How long does it take to get a child passport?

There is nothing special here. The same that applies for the standard passport applies here as well. According to the official government’s website, currently, the usual waiting time when you opt for the standard service is no longer than three weeks. The waiting days cannot be determined and each case is strictly individual and it depends on many different factors such as what is the workload and how many people are waiting to renew their passports at that moment. Statistics show that most people receive their new passport in the third or fourth week of waiting.

There is an established procedure to get an emergency passport in case you need it urgently and the average waiting time that the standard service takes does not work for you.

The procedure offers two options but only one of them applies when it comes to a child passport.

The first option is called 1 day premium. If you choose this one, the earliest you can get an appointment is two days after you apply. However, you should keep in mind that this option only applies for the renewal of an adult’s passport and you cannot renew an infant’s passport applying for the 1 day premium option.

The other option is called 1 week fast track and can be used for a child passport. If you choose this one, your appointment will be set for the very next day after your application. However, you will not receive your new passport immediately as if you had chosen the first one and you will have to wait at least a week in order to have it delivered to you by courier.

If you choose the faster option, you should know that the fees are a bit higher - £135.50 for a child passport or £147.50 for a 54 page frequent traveller passport.

Here also apply different rules if you are applying for a child passport from outside the United Kingdom, so it is better if you research them in advance in order to avoid missing something.

You need a digital photo code to apply for a UK passport online

For online and printout passport photo for any country, please click here

What you should apply for regarding your situation?

There are different actions depending on the different situations you can be in. The following paragraph will focus on giving you information on which action you should take depending on your situation.

If your child is under the age of 16 and has never had a British passport, the right option for you is to apply for a first child passport. In order to apply for that option successfully, your child must have British nationality.

A specific to this procedure is the fact that once you apply for a first child passport, you should ask someone to confirm the identity of your child. That person will be sent an email from HM Passport Office telling them what to do. The confirmation is an online procedure. That person must be over 18, living in the United Kingdom and having a British passport. You cannot choose someone you’re related by birth or marriage, you’re in a relationship with them or live together or someone you know just professionally.

There is also a very detailed list of the “recognized professions” that this person must work in or be retired from on the official government’s site so you should check it before choosing a person for identification.

If your child is under the age of 16 but has already had a British passport, the right option for you is to renew your child’s passport. That whole procedure is a subject to another our article, so if you are in this situation, you should check it in order to find out the details.

If your child is under 16 and their British passport has been stolen or damaged, you shall apply for a replacement passport. You can carry out this procedure again both online or with a paper form by post. The identity confirmation applies here as well.

There are different supporting documents depending on whether the passport has been stolen or damaged. If the passport is stolen to replace it, you will need any valid passport from a different country your child might have and any court orders relating to the child which describe parental responsibility or residency arrangements. Of course, you will also need a digital or a printed photo of your child.

If your child’s passport is damaged, you will be obliged to submit a letter explaining how the damage happened. That’s required if you apply by post.

If you are in a situation where your child is under the age of 16 and has a British passport but some details have changed, you should go for a new passport. Again, you should know that the identification rule applies here also. The change might be regarding the child’s name or other personal details such as date of birth, place of birth or national status. If you need to change something different from the name, we advise you to contact the Passport Adviceline since there might be some additional requirements to the procedure.

When it comes to changing the name of the child a deed poll or similar document about the name change is required and also at least one piece of evidence that shows the new name being used, for example NHS records, child benefits or school records and a written consent from everyone with parental responsibility.

If your child is over the age of 16 or will be in less than three weeks and had a British child passport, you must follow the process for renewing or replacing an adult passport. The procedure is the same as the standard one, and here there is also an established procedure for an urgent passport which gives us two options to choose from – the 1 day premium and the 1 week fast track.

Last but not least, if you are in a situation where your child is over 16 or will be in 3 weeks but has never had a British passport, you must apply for a first adult passport. The validity for this passport will be already not 5 but 10 years.

What is the period of validity of the child passport in the United Kingdom?

Unlike the standard passport for people over the age of 16, whose validity is for a period of 10 years, the validity of the child passport is 5 years. This is due to many reasons, one of them being precisely that at this age, children change their physical features way too much and way too faster and that’s why more frequent renewal of their passports is required.

In conclusion, newborn babies and children up to the age of 16 years of age who are not included on a valid 10-year passport issued before 5 October 1998 are required to hold their own passport if they are to travel abroad. That means that babies need a passport from their birth if they will be travelling outside the UK.

 

 

You need a digital photo code to apply for a UK passport online

For online and printout passport photo for any country, please click here