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Wednesday, 3 October 2023

Quick guide to filling in the passport application form

There is one application form that is used for all types of passport applications except collective passports. The form comes with full instructions. This is a quick guide to getting the form and getting started. You can also download the guidance booklet that comes with the paper form.

If you have not got an application form

You can get the form in four ways. You can:

  • complete the application online, in which case IPS will print out the completed form and send it to you to sign and return with supporting documents
  • collect it from a Post Office branch that offers the Passport Check & Send service
  • request an application form online and the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) will send it to you in the post - allow up to five working days for delivery
  • call the Passport Adviceline 0300 222 0000 and ask IPS to send it to you in the post - allow up to five working days for delivery

If you want to apply for a collective passport

In this case please go to the section ‘Collective (or group) passports’. This covers everything you need to know when you apply.

How to fill in the application form

The paper form comes with a detailed guidance booklet explaining how to complete it. You can download an extra copy of the guidance booklet if you need it by following the link below.

If you are completing the application form online, full instructions appear on screen as you go through the form.

You can also get more help with filling in the form by:

  • calling the Passport Adviceline on 0300 222 0000
  • using the Check & Send service that is available at certain Post Office branches

The basics

For the paper form it is important to:

  • complete the form in CAPITAL LETTERS with a black ballpoint pen
  • write only within the white boxed areas
  • leave other areas of the form blank (do not strike through or otherwise mark them)

If you make minor mistakes you can black them out with a pen. Do not use correction fluid.

Section 1 of the form

Put a cross in the box to show what type of passport you are applying for. This is also where you can:

  • ask IPS to send your supporting documents back to you by Secure Delivery
  • apply for a 48-page ‘jumbo passport’
  • ask for a Braille identifying sticker to go on your passport

Section 2 of the form

This is for your current UK address and contact details. Please include phone numbers and an email address, if you have one, in case IPS needs to contact you.

Section 3 of the form

This is for details about all passports you hold, have held or have been included on in the past. This is also where you give details of a lost or stolen passport.

Section 4 of the form

Only fill in this section if:

  • you are an adult (16 or over) applying for your first passport (or a child who is likely to become 16 before IPS can issue the passport)
  • the application is for a child (under 16)
  • you were born abroad
  • you are applying to extend your passport or replace a lost, stolen or damaged passport

Section 5 of the form

Only fill in this section if you have a Home Office certificate of registration or naturalisation.

Section 6 of the form

Only fill this in if the application is for a child aged 12 to 15 years.

Section 7 of the form

Leave this section of the form blank.

Section 8 of the form

Use this space to include any extra information you think IPS should know about, such as:

  • details of a previous or alternative address
  • your preferred method of contact if you are visually impaired
  • that you have already sent IPS form LS01 to report a lost or stolen passport

Section 9 of the form

You must sign and date your application here.

If you fill in the form online, IPS will send you the completed version to sign at section 9 and post back to them.

Section 10 of the form

This is the section that the person you have asked to countersign your form must fill in and sign. You only need to get your form countersigned if you are applying:

  • for a first passport
  • to replace a lost, stolen or damaged passport
  • to renew a passport for a child aged 11 years or younger
  • to renew a passport when your appearance has changed so much that it would be hard to recognise you from the photo in your last or current passport

Additional links

Need passport advice?

For help, call the IPS Passport Adviceline on 0300 222 0000.

The Adviceline is open:
- 8.00 am to 8.00 pm Monday to Friday
- 9.00 am to 5.30 pm weekends and public holidays

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