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Children can no longer be included on their parents’ or guardians' passports. This is intended to make international travel more secure for children. In order to travel, each child must have their own passport.  

It is important to note that child passport applications involve some extra steps:

  • For a passport to issue to a child under 18, the consent of all the child’s guardians must be noted on the passport application. This applies for first time passport applications and passport renewals. See our guide to guardianship & consent for more information.
  • The signatures of the guardians granting consent must be appropriately witnessed. Our list of witnesses will tell you who can witness your child's passport application.

Passports for children (under 18 years of age) are issued with a validity of 5 years.

Did you know, you can apply for your child’s passport online?

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