All British passport application fees rise from February 2 - but how much will it set you back to renew your child's passport?

New passport fees are being introduced on all applications including those who are newly applying or are renewing their passport.

The changes were announced on the Government's website which informed the public that the increase was required to help the Home Office "to continue improving its services.”

Here's everything you need to know about renewing your child's passport from the new fee to how long it will last.

Why is the UK government increasing the passport renewal price?

The Government’s web page reads: “The new fees will help the Home Office move towards a system that meets its costs through those who use it, reducing reliance on funding from general taxation.

“The Government does not make any profit from the cost of passport applications.

“The fees will also contribute to the cost of processing passport applications, consular support overseas, including for lost or stolen passports, and the cost of processing British citizens at UK borders."

How much does it cost to renew my child's passport?


The standard online fee for a child's passport has risen from £49 to £53.50.


The cost for a standard postal child's passport application will now cost £64 for children.

This is a rise from £58.50.

Who can apply from a child's passport?

You can apply for a child's passport if they are under 16.

A person with parental responsibility must apply on behalf of their child and you need to give details about both parents when applying. 

The UK government says that if you cannot provide these details, you need to explain why in your application.

How long does a child's passport last?

Passports for under 16-year-olds are valid for five years.

How long does it take to get a British passport? 

The government advises that you allow for up to 10 weeks for your new passport but this can vary depending on where you are applying from for example. 

You can book online or with a paper form from the Post Office for the standard service.

However, you can also use the Online Premium and Fast Track service for an increased fee.

Additionally, if you need a passport for urgent travel under compassionate circumstances, you can contact the Passport Advice line.

How to apply for a first child passport

The UK government says if your child has never had a British passport you must apply for a first child passport.

Your child needs to have British nationality to be eligible for a British passport.

Similar to other applications, you can apply online or by post.

See further guidance on what documents and information are required via the UK government website.