You apply for a child passport if your child is under 16. It costs £49 to apply online and £58.50 to apply with a paper form from the Post Office. A child passport is valid for 5 years.
If you’re travelling to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you may need to renew your child’s passport before you travel.
There are different rules if you’re applying from outside the UK.
Who can apply
Someone with parental responsibility for the child must apply for the passport.
You need to give both parents’ details when you apply. If you cannot provide the other parent’s details, you need to say why (for example, you’re the only parent named on the birth certificate or you adopted the child on your own).
How long it takes
Check how long it will take to get a passport before you apply.
If you need a passport urgently, you can find out more about the Online Premium or 1 week Fast Track services.
Do not book travel until you have a valid passport.
Do both parents need to be present for child passport in USA?
Obtain the consent of the parents. The child’s passport cannot be issued without the approval of both parents or legal guardians. The application for a passport should ideally be made in person, with the child present, by both of the child’s parents or legal guardians.