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BRITISH PASSPORT RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS

The following four (4) criteria apply for a British passport renewal:

  1. Applicant who currently holds a valid British passport and wants to renew his/her passport within 10 years from its expiry date – Standard British passport renewal application procedure applies.
  2. Applicant who holds a British passport that has expired for a period of less than 10 years – Standard British passport renewal application procedure applies.
  3. Applicant who had a British passport before but it has expired for a period of 10 years or longer – The same criteria will apply as for a First-time passport application. Unfortunately, all qualifying criteria (supporting documents/certificates) will have to be submitted again as per a First-time passport application. See requirements under “First Time British Passport Application”.  Please choose “Passport Renewal” when completing the online application form, DO NOT choose “First Time Passport Application” if you had a British passport before.
  4. Applicant who had a British Passport that was issued before 2004 – The same criteria will apply as for a First-time passport application. Unfortunately, all qualifying criteria (supporting documents/certificates) will have to be submitted again as per a First-time passport application. See requirements under “First Time British Passport Application”. Please choose “Passport Renewal” when completing the online application form, DO NOT choose “First Time Passport Application” if you had a British passport before.

Proof of the following for a standard British passport renewal will be needed:

  1. Your most recent British passport (Passport can be valid or expired but must be the most recently issued one) – No copy will be accepted. If the passport is lost or stolen then please see requirements under “Lost or Stolen Passport Replacement”.
  2. Any other uncancelled NON-BRITISH passport relating to you. The United Kingdom permits dual citizenship.
  3. If applicable – original full long version marriage certificate* of applicant in case of marriage with surname change, if you now use a different name to the one on your current/most recently issued passport OR original official name change document from the relevant government department (or deed poll) if you now use a different name/surname to the one on your current/most recently issued passport.
  4. If applicable – Original full long version birth certificate* of the first-time applicant. If adopted – original full long version birth certificate and adoption certificate*. (Only a Vault birth certificate* will be accepted as South African birth certificates, please see explanation below).

*Explanation of certificates:

  • Full long version birth or adoption certificate – records both the child’s parents’ details.
  • Vault birth certificate – Applicable for South African birth certificates only. It is a copy of the original registration form completed by the parents when a birth was registered. It is a photocopy of the original, stamped and signed by the Department of Home Affairs’s Officer.
  • Full long version marriage certificate – records the previous marital status of the bride and groom.

NOTE: Supporting Documents – HER MAJESTY’s PASSPORT OFFICE only accepts original certificates/documents or official government issued replacement documents (birth, adoption, marriage, death, divorce decrees). NO photocopies or laminated documents will be accepted. Documents that aren’t in English – including documents showing an address, must be fully translated by a professional translator.

ADULT – 16 years or over (or will be 16 years within two weeks)
CHILD – 15 years or younger
Passport renewal delivery time: +/- 2 – 4 weeks

A lost or stolen British Passport must be reported to the local Police Department in the country where the applicant resides and a Police report must be obtained. Notice should be given to the local British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in the country where you live. Additional supporting documents or information might be requested by Her Majesty’s Passport Office when applying for the replacement of a lost or stolen passport, which may cause some delays with the issuing of your new replacement passport. Criteria will be the same as for a British Passport Renewal. See requirements under “British Passport Renewal”. Unfortunately, in some cases, the same criteria will apply as for a first-time application, including all supporting documents, depending on the issue and expiry dates of your lost/stolen passport.

Criteria will be the same as for a British Passport Renewal. See requirements under “British Passport Renewal”.

Criteria will be the same as for a British Passport Renewal. See requirements under “British Passport Renewal”.

A British passport renewal application must be submitted in the event of marriage, divorce, civil partnership or other reasons if you want to do a name change in your passport. Your existing current British passport will be cancelled with immediate effect and will be replaced with a new British passport in the new name. Up to a maximum of 9 months will be added to your new passport if there is any time left on your old passport.

One of the following will be needed to prove your name change:

  • Original full long version marriage certificate*
  • Original civil partnership certificate.
  • When reverting back to a previous name, an official certified letter from you will be needed declaring your name change and proof of the same.
  • Original deed poll notification.

Minor changes or corrections to your name (eg. adding to or order of first and middle names, spelling changes) can be made.

*Explanation of certificates:

  • Full long version marriage certificate – records the previous marital status of the bride and groom.

NOTE: HER MAJESTY’s PASSPORT OFFICE only accepts original versions as supporting documents or replacement documents (birth, adoption, marriage, death, divorce decrees). NO photocopies or laminated documents will be accepted. Documents that aren’t in English – including documents showing an address – must be fully translated by a professional translator.

General/Original Supporting Documents

HER MAJESTY’s PASSPORT OFFICE only accepts original versions as supporting documents or replacement documents (birth, adoption, marriage, death, divorce decrees). NO photocopies or laminated documents will be accepted.

Documents that aren’t in English – including documents showing an address – must be fully translated by a professional translator.

Original will be returned after examination.

UK Passport application interviews became compulsory for first time adult applications. Interviews are done at a local Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in the country where the first-time adult applicant lives. Interviews are randomly chosen. Not all applicants will be called in for an interview.

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, British Passport Renewal Requirements

F.A.B.B. Florida Association of British Business Inc / The British Bureau of Florida http://britishflorida.com/  +1 (305) 371-9340    

British Chamber of Business in South Africa – British Chambers of Commerce Accredited  https://www.britcham.co.za/   +27 10 245 4788

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