Passports for Children - Holidaying Abroad
This article applies to British citizens only.
All children are required to have their own passport to be able to travel abroad. A child passport is valid for 5 years and until the child is 16.
You may apply for a passport form for your child at the post office, online or at a passport office. The waiting time for a new passport varies throughout the year but will normally be around 4 to 6 weeks. An application made on-line will be printed and posted to you for signing.
A parent or guardian is required to sign the form. If the child is over 12 he/she will also be required to sign and date the form.
The form must always be countersigned for a first time application and for a renewal where the child's original photo does not resemble them now.
The person you select to countersign must have known you (the parent) for at least 2 years and must be in one of the professions listed here Professions.
The person countersigning must also sign one of the photographs with the application.
Photographs for your child's application must meet certain criteria, these are listed here Photo requirements
A child's first passport takes over three weeks to be delivered. If you need a passport quicker than this you can book an appointment at a Passport Customer Service Centre. This service costs more than applying in the standard way.
All supporting documents must be originals. Photocopies are not accepted. Documents are sent back to you using normal post. There is an option to pay for having them sent back by secure delivery.
To apply for a passport online visit here - Online Application