By continuing your visit to this site, you accept the use of cookies. They ensure the proper functioning of our services and display relevant ads. Learn more about cookies and act

Not yet registered? Create a OverBlog!

Create my blog

A guide to getting a passport

In this article you will find out all that you need to know about how to get a passport. Whether you are applying for a passport for the first time, or your existing one has to be renewed, this is the key information you need to know.

Where to get a passport

You can apply for a passport in person, online or by post, and you should submit your completed application form at least six weeks before you intend to travel. Application forms can be obtained from any post office, by request from the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) website, by calling the Passport Advice line on 0300 222 0000 or by completing the form online. If you chose the latter option, the IPS will print out the completed form for you to sign and once you have completed it, you return it to them with your supporting documents. Your application form will need to be countersigned by someone who has known you for at least two years and they must also certify one of your passport photographs.

Your first adult passport

To obtain your first adult passport you will need to prove that you are British. The IPS want to see original documents as photocopies cannot be accepted. If you were born in the UK before Jan 1983 you must provide your birth or adoption certificate. If you were born in the UK on or after Jan 1 1983, you will need to supply your birth or adoption certificate showing your parent’s details. The IPS will also need to see either your mother’s or your father’s UK birth certificate, or Home Office certificate of registration or naturalisation, or passport that was valid at the time of your birth. Adults who have never previously held a British passport in their own name will have to attend an interview at a regional IPS passport office. You will not need to be interviewed if you have previously held a child passport in your name.

Renewing your passport

If you are renewing your passport you can do so anytime before your current one expires and you can carry a maximum of nine months over to your new passport. You will need to fill out another form, and provide two identical photographs. Your current or recently expired passport is the only supporting documentation you need.

In an emergency

If your trip is only a few days away and you’ve just discovered that your passport needs to be renewed, don’t panic! In emergency situations you can use the IPS Fast Track one-week service or the Premium same-day service. These are by appointment only and you will have to pay a higher fee. For more information visit the IPS website: Ips.gov.uk

Same category articles Europe

All about: Black Sea cruises

All about: Black Sea cruises

The Black Sea is one of the latest and coming-up cruise destinations. The sea is sited between Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. It is said that it got its name from the warlike tribe called the Scythians, who used the skulls of unwanted visitors as wine goblets, and whom the Greeks found very difficult to battle. Others say that the name came from tiny and unusual organisms which live in the sediments at the bottom of the water with a type of coloured ink. A Black Sea cruise has now become on the top of the cruise enthusiasts list.
Where to book short breaks in Scotland

Where to book short breaks in Scotland

Scotland’s tranquil rolling hills, lush green countryside and charming secluded lochs make it a wonderful choice for short countryside or hotel breaks. Cheap and simple short breaks in Scotland can be booked through several different means. Holidaymakers should first decide which type of holiday they want, whether its city travel in one of Scotland’s bustling cosmopolitan hubs or a relaxed getaway in the sprawling countryside.
Guide to taking short breaks in Europe

Guide to taking short breaks in Europe

There are so many wonderful cities to visit in Europe and so little time to see them all. One way is to take short breaks or even one of the cheap mini cruises that are now available in the Mediterranean.
Where to book cheap Paris weekend breaks

Where to book cheap Paris weekend breaks

Paris is a magnificent and memorable city and welcomes millions of tourists yearly. If you are considering a Paris holiday, but are concerned about the price, this guide is for you. It will help you to book affordable Paris packages and even find accommodation in Paris.