I can’t believe it’s almost 10 years since getting my first adult passport! It’s a little sad that I now have to renew it! For those here wanting to know how to renew your Australian passport in the UK, here is my experience and guide to applying for your renewal.

Australia only has one consulate in the UK and that is in London. If you live outside of London you will need to book travel as you do need to complete the process in person. Plus if you are a Harry Potter fan you will get to see Gringotts?

Disclaimer: This is based on my experience and you should speak to the Passport Office if you are unsure. This link will guide on whether you should apply for a renewal or a full passport (here is the link). 

How long does it take?

Allow at least 4+ weeks for your application as the passport will take up to 3 weeks to arrive and you need to allow time to book an appointment with the Passport Office. If you are in a rush there is an express service that will come at a cost but you can get your new passport within 2 days after the appointment.

Here is a timeline and guide for the process:

Australian Passport Renewal Timeline & Guide
Australian Passport Renewal Timeline & Guide

Renewal Cost

Your new passport will cost the price of an ordinary adult passport, plus an overseas processing charge and special delivery charge. As the prices increase every year check the latest Australian Passport fees here. The website shows prices in Pounds (GBP) and Australian Dollars (AUD).

Renewing your passport in 2018 will cost £224.50 ($387 AUD). The cost breakdown is £159.00 ($282 AUD) for a 10-year passport, £59.00 ($105 AUD) for the application to be processed overseas and £6.50 for postage.

If you need your passport quicker than 3 weeks you can get the priority processing which is 2 business days at an extra cost of £105 ($186 AUD).

Get New Passport Photos

UK passport photos are a different size to Australian passport photos. It’s super easy to get alternative sizes. You will need to go to a photo store like Snappy Snaps and they will ask you what type of passport photo you need and next thing you know you have Australian passport sized photos.

Australian passport minimum photo size is 45mm x 35mm or larger to be accepted. If your photograph is larger than these measurements DO NOT trim it to size. The size of your head in the photograph must measure from bottom of chin to crown of head 32mm to 36mm.

Complete the Renewal Application Form Online

To apply for the renewal you need to meet the follow criteria and be over 18:
• was issued when you were 16 years of age or over; and
• was valid for at least two years when issued; and
• was issued in your current name, date of birth and sex; and
• is current or expired less than three years ago

To determine which form you should complete, you will need to answer some quick questions and it will inform you whether you should apply for a renewal or a full passport (here is the link). 

If you meet the criteria then you can continue with the online application form. It will ask you to provide information on your current passport details, personal information and emergency contact details. The form will take less than two minutes to complete.

If you wish to get a physical form you will need to contact the Passport Office and they will post one out to you.

Save a copy to your computer and record the application number. Print out the form, sign it and attached the photos. One photo needs to have your first and last name with your signature on the back. All instructions will be on the front of the form if you need to double check anything.

Renewal Form for Australian Passport
Front page of the renewal application form

Example of an online Australian Passport Form
As you can see the form is quite simple to fill out and requires little information.

Book an Appointment

The Passport Office in London operates on an appointment system and only accepts bookings via phone up to 4 weeks in advance. To book an appointment call 020 7887 5816 between the hours of 9am-12pm on weekdays.

Booking times are only available from 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday and they will be closed on Australian and UK holidays. Your appointment will need to fall within these hours.

The Passport Office will give you a confirmation number which you will need to note down and take on the day.

For further information about lodging your application please click here.

For those that can wait and don’t want to travel to London, there is also an Outreach Center that is run by the Passport Office. For more information on these types of appointments here.

Lodge the application in person

The Passport Office is located at:

Australian High Commission
Australia House
Strand
LONDON WC2B 4LA

If you are visiting an Outreach Center the Passport Office will provide you with location details. 

On the day of your appointment make sure you get there 10 to 15 minutes early. The Passport Office has airport style security. On arrival you press the buzzer telling the security guard that you have an appointment; they only let one person in at a time.

Once you are through security you’ll reach a computer screen into which you enter your booking confirmation and it will print you a ticket with your number. There is a waiting area whilst you wait for your number to be called.

When the Passport Clerk calls you up you simply present the form with the passport photos and your passport. Once they are happy with your application and accepted payment they will cancel the old passport by cutting off the long edge of the cover. Your old passport will be handed back to you afterwards.

Old Australian Passport
Once the passport office cuts the edge of your passport this makes the passport obsolete and you can no longer travel with it.

Your new passport will be posted to you and can take up to 3 weeks to be delivered.

Do You Need To Transfer Your Visa To Your New Passport?

Most visas are now on the Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) cards but if you have an old style visa like me, that is in your old passport then all you need to do is carry both passports with you when you are travelling. If you have a BRP card then your old passport can be put away and be a reminder of all adventures you’ve had together.

There is an option to get your visa turned into a BRP card, although it’s an expensive process that I feel is unnecessary.

New Australian Passport
This is what the new Australian Passports look like. I do prefer the old navy blue compared to the royal blue. 

Renewing Your Australian Passport in the UK (Video)

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Hi,i ve been and work in uk nearly 20 years,my australian passport expired about 9 years ago and now i m thinking to go back for a visit, will they renew it or i ll have problem doing it.Thanks

  2. That is incorrect Kat. There is the risk that the airline refuse Dual Citizens to board the plane if they don’t travel on their Australian passport. See note from the High Commission in London:

    http://uk.embassy.gov.au/lhlh/DualNationals.html

    1. Hi Riccardo,
      That’s handy for other people to know. I don’t cover in the article what dual citizen need to do as I am on a UK visa so thank you for the advice.

      Cheers,
      Kat

  3. Hi Kat,
    I am a dual national and am going to Australia in Dec and travelling on my uk passport as my Australian passport has ran out, I’ve applied for a visa as only going for 2 weeks and it has been denied as it says I’m in Australia?? Not sure what to do, any suggestions?

    1. Hi Helen,

      Do you have time to get a new Australian Passport? By the sounds of it if you are still registered in Australia than they would be expecting you to enter on your Australian passport. I would give them a bell and check what you should do.

      Sorry I cannot be more helpful.

      Kat

  4. Hi Kat,
    Great guide!
    I do have 2 questions.
    My understanding is that they will cut the edge off your old passport but you will still receive it back at the appointment. Are you aware if you can still use it to travel whilst you wait for your new passport to arrive, or does cutting it making it obsolete?

    You also mentioned Express service. I have tried to find out how much this additional service would cost but not found a good source. Would you happen to know this, or a ballpark figure?

    Thank you in advance.
    El

    1. Hi El,

      Once they cut your passport you can’t travel with the old passport, so it does make it obsolete.

      The fee for the express service (Priority Processing Fee) is £105, you can find more of the fees here. https://uk.embassy.gov.au/lhlh/Pportfees.html

      Hope that helps!

      Kat

  5. Hi Kat, I’m a UK student and used to have a Aust passport as I was born there but have lived in the UK for nearly all my life. I’m going back to Australia and am thinking of just using my UK
    passport and getting a Visa.
    That said if I do that and decide in Australia to get a new Aust passport will that cause me a problem?
    Thanks
    Phoenix

    1. Hi Phoenix,
      I can only go on what the Australian Government says http://uk.embassy.gov.au/lhlh/DualNationals.html which is that there is the risk that the airline refuses Dual Citizens to board the plane if they don’t travel on their Australian passport. I guess it’s up to you to take the risk and I am not sure if renewing in Australia will cause an issue.

      If you do want to get an Australian passport you will need to apply for a new passport (due to the timelapse).

      Cheers,
      Kat

  6. Hi Kat,
    Thanks for all your help with this . My partner got a UK ancestory visa and has her de-facto i got one to. She left before me and i’m due to leave next week. My Aus passport expires in April of 2019 so i’ll be there with slightly more than 6 months left on my visa. Should apply online now to make an appointment for as soon as i enter the U.K ? The company my partner used to secure the work and to help with the visas have said they i should have no problem entering the U.K with this amount of time still on the visa?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Kane,
      As long as you have a valid passport and visa then like your visa company says it will be fine. Personally, I don’t like my passport validity to go under 6 months as it can stop you from travelling in some countries and I like to travel ;). It’s a quick application so I would just apply when you arrive in the country and then you can get an appointment at the same time :).
      Cheers,
      Kat

  7. Hi Kat I am a dual citizen but born in the U.K. I emigrated to Australia and gained my Australian passport after 2 years of living there. I eventually came back to the UK and my passport has since expired (10 years ago). I have an appointment to renew/apply for a new one but am not sure what I need to bring with me. I got married since so presumably my old passport, UK passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate? Passport photos? Original citizenship certificate?

    1. Hi Annie, for a renewal the only evidence I needed was my passport. It’s been over 10 years ago that I applied for my adult passport, if I remember correctly I took my application with two passport photos, my child passport (in your case your last Aussie passport if you still have it) and birth certificate. I think as you say proof that you’re an aussie citizen and marriage certificate. The passport office will be able to tell you definitively what you need. ?
      Kat

  8. Hi Kat, I have an Australian passport due for renewal Feb 19 with Uk residence permit.Living in Scotland. Do I just follow your advise to make a booking in London office or have there been any recent changes to this ? Thanks in advance
    Sandra

    1. Hi Sandra, as I understand the only passport office is in London and there are no other recommendations on the embassy website, see here https://uk.embassy.gov.au/lhlh/pas123.html so yes you’d have to come to London.
      Cheers
      Kat

  9. Last time I renewed in the UK I did it all online and by mail – quick and efficient. Now I find I have book ahead and make an appointment IN LONDON, which means a long and expensive return rail trip plus more expense on staying overnight in London because of inconvenient train timetables. This is an onerous imposition.

    1. Hi Tony,
      I can imagine it’s super frustrating the additional expense. I guess there was some sort of issue that they are trying to address by making us all attend an interview. Hope you manage to find something affordable.
      Update: You can also go to an outreach center for more information go to https://uk.embassy.gov.au/lhlh/Outreach.html.
      Cheers, Kat

  10. Hi, I’m just about to renew my Australian passport and thought it might be helpful to let you know that the Australian consulate offer outreach centers thru out the year across the country, you just have to keep checking the sight, I’ve gotten my appointment next week in Manchester

  11. Hi Kat

    Im an Australian Dual citizen and rwturned to the Uk after emigrating to look after a sick parwnt..My Oz passport expired in 2005 .Can I renew it ?.There is an embassy in Dublin.Do you think there will be any issues as Im.travelling to Brisbane nxt June 2019.Thanks.

    1. Hi Samantha,
      You will need to apply for a new passport, not a renewal. Here are the requirements for a renewal:
      was issued when you were 16 years of age or older, and
      was valid for at least two years when issued, and
      was issued in your current name, date of birth, place of birth and sex, and
      is current or expired less than three years ago.
      There shouldn’t be any issues you travelling to Aus once you get your passport sorted :).
      Cheers, Kat

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