Applying for or renewing a UK passport when living in Australia (or elsewhere overseas)
I thought I'd post this in its own thread as its come up a few times lately and each time the info just gets lost in amongst it all.
Please read these links if you need to apply for or renew a UK passport and are living in Australia. I've embedded them all into the post so links are in red (orange to some) text.
British High Commission in New Zealand website - where all UK passport applications from Australia now are processed.
So What Passport Do I Need? Once you know which one you require you go to the following page How To Apply From Australia . On that page you can download all the forms to apply, find the price list and more.
Checklist 1 - Renewing An Exisiting UK Passport This is a PDF and clarifies if you need a counter signatory or not for your passport application (the 2 year rule of when you need a counter signature and knowing a person long enough to counter sign confuses some people). I've pasted it below also
Checklist 1- Renewing an existing British Passport
NOTE: THIS CHECKLIST IS NOT APPLICABLE FOR OLD BLUE/BLACK PASSPORTS
Please tick each box in the checklist below to ensure you have all relevant
o Completed passport application form. (C1 or C2). Applications
signed with the signature outside the box will be returned.
o Completed your application form in full using black ink.
o Enclosed TWO identical passport sized photographs on a
cream/off white background. Photographs not meeting standards
required by the UK passport services will be returned.
o If your appearance is very different from the photo in your current
or last passport, you should get your photo & form countersigned.
All children under 12 must have their form countersigned. (Temp
residents see note below)
o Counter signatory (If required): Must complete all details (C1-Sec9
or C2-Sec8). Incomplete counter signatory detail is the number one reason
for rejected passport applications.
o Enclosed your current/existing passport(s). Photocopies are not
Note : For those in the country for less than 2 years, on holiday or visiting, and donít know anyone,
you can have your application & photo countersigned by a professional (Policeman, J.P., Lawyer etc)
attesting to your likeness. They will not be required to complete the personal declaration at section
9 C1 or Section 8 C2. An explanation of your circumstance should be made at Section 7 C1 or section
If you live elsewhere and need to renew or apply for a UK passport you can find your country of residence on the list HERE
Hopefully that covers things for people. All the relevant information you need can be found within those official links on the pages somewhere. If there is anything specific you can't find it is best to use the contact information given on the fco.co.uk website and find out directly from them.