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How to get your passport application witnessed

Witnessing in Great Britain

The following information does not apply to online renewal applications.
 

Identification (Section 9 of your application form)

Consent of parents/guardians (Section 7 of your application form)

Lost, stolen or damaged passports (Section 6 of your application form)

Identification

A member of one of the professions listed below can witness your passport application form as long as they are satisfied as to your identify and that your four photos are a true likeness of you. Make sure you bring photo identification with you and be aware that the witness may ask you for more proof of identification - this is at their discretion.

You must:

The witness must:

Remember...

Your application form is only valid for six months from the date your witness signs Section 9.

Consent of parents or guardians

This is an additional requirement for children. Everyone under the age of 18 must have the consent of their parents/guardians to get a passport and this consent must be witnessed.

The only exception to this is if the child is married.

Parents/guardians must:

The witness must:

Lost/stolen and damaged passports

You can renew your passport online

If your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged, and you are submitting a paper application you must:

If you lose two or more passports, it may restrict the period of validity for your next passport and it may not be possible to receive your passport in the normal processing time.

Remember...

Do not, under any circumstances, try to travel on a passport that has been reported as lost or stolen.