Applying for a passport

How to fill in your passport application form and provide a correct photo.


Applying for a passport

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This guidance will help you fill in your application and avoid your passport being delayed. It highlights the 3 most common mistakes and covers:

  • different types of passports
  • what you need to include with your form
  • what to do when you’ve finished filling in your form and contact details
Published 1 October 2012
Last updated 20 March 2019 + show all updates
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