Australian High Commission
United Kingdom

How to Apply for a Passport

How to apply for a passport in the UK

Please follow the steps below to renew or apply for your Australian passport while in the United Kingdom.

All applications must be lodged in person.  There are no exceptions, even if you have renewed by mail in the past or if you live a long distance from our offices.

Step by step instructions

Notes

1. Fill out your application online at the global website.

You will need to create an account first.

When you have completed your application online, you will need to print it.

2. Sign and date your form.

Make sure all sections are signed before your interview. Signatures are only valid for six months. Passport staff cannot witness signatures.  Check there are no alterations to signatures or dates. Applications containing white out or liquid paper cannot be accepted.

3. Obtain two passport photos.

Carefully check the photo specifications as poor quality photos are the most common reason an application cannot be accepted. Photos must be taken within the last six months.

4.  Prepare for your interview.

Review the Required Documents for your application and go through the checklist to avoid common errors. Check the requirements for name changes , translation of foreign documents and guarantors.

5.  Lodge your application in person (appointments only).

* All adult applications must be lodged in person.

* For child applications, one parent must lodge the application in person. It does not matter whether the lodging person is an Australian citizen.

* Children aged 16 and 17 years old must attend the interview, together with one parent.

* Children aged 15 years and younger are not required to attend the interview.

 

Since 1 July 2015, all applications must be lodged in person (including renewals). There are no exceptions to this rule, even if you have lodged by mail in the past.