Paper Check & Send: How it works

Our Paper form Check & Send service helps you get your application right first time with specially trained Postmasters for just £16 + Passport and Photo fees.​​

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Complete the form

Complete a passport application form which is available to pick up in any branch​.

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Take your child’s photo

You'll need to submit 2 compliant, colour photos that have been certified. Alternatively we can do this for you in some branches. ​

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We’ll check it’s right

Bring your child’s application form, photos and any supporting documents to selected branches and we'll check them to make sure they meet all HM Passport Office requirements.​

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We'll send it off

Your child’s application and all supporting documents will be sent off to HM Passport Office by Special Delivery. ​
 

You'll receive your child's passport from HM Passport Office in the post.

Paper Check & Send: Preparing for your child’s application

You can use this service if:
  • Your child is under 16​​
  • You don't need a passport urgently. This normally means within 3 weeks for renewals and 6 weeks for new applications, however processing times may be longer during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic
What you need:
  • Birth/Adoption certificate or registration certificate​​
  • Parent’s passport details (if applicable)​
  • Date of Parent’s marriage (if applicable)​
  • Grandparent’s documents (if applicable)
  • A countersignatory to sign your child’s application form and photos (see below for more details)

When will you need a countersignatory?

As it’s your child’s first UK passport you'll need to get someone else (a countersignatory) to sign your child’s form and 2 passport photos to confirm your identity.​​

 

This person may be contacted for more information by HM Passport Office. Please check with them before you start the application that they are happy to be contacted for confirmation.

 

The person confirming your identity (the countersignatory) must:​​

 

  • Have known you personally (or the parent/guardian making the application for a child) for at least 2 years​

  • Must not be related, in a relationship with or living at the same address as the applicant or the person making the application​​

  • Be 18 or older

  • Have a current UK passport and live in the UK

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Top tips for filling in your passport form​

  • Use a black ballpoint pen and write in capitals
  • Bring originals of your supporting documents and not photocopies​
  • Stay within the white boxes and keep your signature within the border​
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Let us do the heavy lifting with a digital application

No fuss. We’ll complete and submit your application for you digitally.


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Paper Check & Send: FAQs

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