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British Passport Renewals

It is important to always have a valid passport. A current British passport can be renewed at any stage within its validity time. MyBritishPassport advises you to ensure that your British passport does not expire, in which case additional information and supporting documents/certificates will have to be submitted again.

The standard renewal procedure applies if your latest issued British passport is either still valid, or it has not been expired for a lengthly period. 

Note that if your latest issued British passport was issued or expired a long time ago then your renewal process will be similar to a first-time passport application. It is still a ‘British Passport Renewalnot a ‘First-time Passport Application’ because you have held a British passport previously.

Lost/Stolen/Damaged Passport Replacements

A standard passport replacement is applicable if a Lost, Stolen or Damaged passport is still valid or it has not been expired for too lengthly of a period. 

Note that if a Lost, Stolen or Damaged passport was issued/expired a very long time ago then it will be similar to a first-time passport application. It is still considered a ‘Lost, Stolen or Damaged Passport Replacement’ and not a ‘First-time Passport Application’ because you have held a British passport previously.

First-Time British Passport Applications

What is a ‘first-time’ British passport application? This term applies if you have never had a British passport before. If you have had a British passport which was issued or has expired a long time ago then your renewal process will be similar to a first-time passport application. It should be noted, though, that your application is still a ‘British Passport Renewal’ and not a ‘first-time application’ because you have had a British passport before.

Click on the scenario below that applies to you, for more information, if you have never had a British passport before and you are interested in applying for a first-time British passport. 

Applicant was born or naturalised in the United Kingdom

  • If you were naturalised in the United Kingdom you automatically qualify for a British Passport.
  • If you were born in the United Kingdom before 1 January 1983 you automatically qualify for a British Passport regardless of whether your parents were born inside or outside of the United Kingdom.
 
  • If you were born in the United Kingdom after 1 Jan 1983 and your parents were born outside of the United Kingdom, you do not automatically qualify for British citizenship/a British passport. It depends whether your parents were legally in the UK on a work or study visa at the time of your birth. If this is applicable, then you will need to submit supporting documents as proof. Click here to contact us for more information.
  • Note: If you were born in the UK after 1 Jan 1983 and your parents were in the UK as tourists or illegally, unfortunately you do not qualify for British citizenship.
 

British Citizenship By Descent

Were you born abroad, outside of the UK, with either a British born mother or a British born father? Good news, you are eligible for British citizenship and a British passport through descent.

  • Click here for more information if you have a British born (or naturalised) Father  
  • Click here for more information if you have a British born (or naturalised) Mother 
  • If you were born in South Africa, with a British born Maternal grandparent, then you are eligible for a British passport through double descent – click here for more information on double descent  
 

British citizenship by Descent – British born (or naturalised) Father

Were you born abroad, outside of the UK, with a British born father? Good news, you are eligible for British citizenship and a British passport through descent.

If citizenship is claimed through a naturalised father (father not born in the UK) then the applicant would have had to be born after the father’s naturalisation to be eligible.

Applicants born outside of the UK before 1 July 2006 to a British born (or naturalised) Father

British law requires that an applicant’s birth needs to be registered with the British authorities before applying for a first-time passport, if the applicant’s parents were never married to each other, at any point, before or after the applicant’s birth.

If the applicant’s parents were married to each other at any point, then a birth registration is not applicable and the applicant can apply for a British passport without a birth registration.

The following two scenarios are applicable here:

Scenario 1 – Applicant’s parents are/were married at any point

Applicant’s parents are/were married at any point, before or after the applicant’s birth, therefore the applicant’s first-time British passport application can be submitted with immediate effect.

Scenario 2 - Applicant’s parents were never married to each other at any point

Applicant’s parents were never married to each other at any point, before or after the applicant’s birth, therefore the applicant can become a British citizen by registration before applying for a first-time British passport.

MyBritishPassport assists with birth registrations, simply click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below. 

Applicants born outside of the UK after 1 July 2006 to a British born (or naturalised) Father

Birth registrations are not applicable if the applicant was born outside of the United Kingdom after 1 July 2006. Therefore the applicant is eligible for a British passport without registering his/her birth.

British citizenship by Descent – British born (or naturalised) Mother

Were you born abroad, outside of the UK, with a British born mother? Good news, you are eligible for British citizenship and a British passport through descent.

Please note: If citizenship is claimed through a naturalised mother (mother not born in the UK) then the applicant would have had to be born after the mother’s naturalisation to be eligible.

Applicants born outside the UK before 1 January 1983 to a British born (or naturalised) Mother

British law requires that an applicant’s birth needs to be registered with the British authorities before applying for a first-time passport, if an applicant has never had a British passport before.

The folllowing two scenarios are applicable here: 

Scenario 1 - Applicant’s birth was registered with the British authorities

Applicant’s birth was registered with the British authorities, applicant has an original British birth registration certificate. Therefore the applicant’s first-time British passport application can be submitted with immediate effect.

Scenario 2: Applicant’s birth was never registered with the British authorities

Applicant’s birth was never registered with the British authorities – the applicant can become a British citizen by registration before applying for a first-time British passport.

MyBritishPassport assists with birth registrations. Simply click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below. 

Applicants born outside the UK after 1 January 1983 to a British born (or naturalised) Mother

Birth registrations are not applicable if the applicant was born outside the United Kingdom after 1 January 1983. Therefore the applicant is eligible for a British passport without registering his/her birth.

British Citizenship by Double Descent

British citizenship through descent is only transferable to one generation down from the parent who is a British citizen (born or naturalised in the United Kingdom), if the child is born abroad (outside of the United Kingdom).

Unfortunately British citizenship cannot be transferred from grandparents to grandchildren, although some exceptions may apply. In some cases an applicant may have a claim by double descent through a British born grandparent, this is an exception to the rule and depends on certain specific circumstances.

Double descent possibility through the maternal line – applicants born in South Africa between 1 May 1962 and 1 January 1983 qualify. This is an exception to the rule regarding a maternal line.

The rules may change in the future, although no one is sure of the timing of these changes and what changes will be made. 

British Certificates

In addition to our British passport services, MyBritishPassport offers online British Certificate applications – birth, marriage, death, adoption or civil partnership certificates. Note that applications from abroad can only be done online.

To apply, simply complete the easy online certificate application form. Get started by clicking the ‘apply now’ button below.

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