How to get a second UK passport?
Note that the second UK passport will not be a duplicate of your existing one, but a brand new one.
It will have a different passport number, expiry date & photo, and will be treated as a standalone. The new passport will be valid for 10 years which you renew by the usual processes afterwards.
You need to encounter one of the following 2 situations to convince the Her Majesty’s Passport Office to issue you another UK passport:
- You are a business traveller who needs to visit countries that are in conflict or incompatibility with each other.
- You are a frequent business traveller and need to get a new visa issued in an embassy which might hold your passport for a long time, which would impede your travel otherwise.
But they take a dim view on leisure travellers getting a 2nd passport, so if you have the opportunity through your work, grab it when you can:
When you apply one of the interview centres, you need to call the Passport Advice Line on +44 (0) 300 222 0000 & book an appointment at a centre convenient for you.
They are conducted at these locations:
Make sure that you are choosing the option to “Apply for a 1st adult passport” & request not to cancel your existing passport.
If calling by telephone the operator should be aware of the process for business travellers obtaining a second document.
The ‘1st passport application’, they check your proof of UK citizenship with extra rigour. Depending on the nature of how you became a UK citizen (such as by naturalisation or by birth), the Passport Advice Line can advise you on what supporting evidence of your citizenship you need to bring to your appointment or submit by post.
This will include any one or more of the following documents:
1. Your current UK passport – This is the easiest option if your name has changed since birth or issuance of other accepted certificates.
2. Birth Certificate – if issued in the UK and you were born to UK parents
3. Birth Certificate & copy of your UK parent’s/parents’ passport(s) – if you were born outside the UK and have at least one UK parent
4. Certificate of Naturalisation – if you became a UK citizen through naturalisation
5. Certificate of Registration – if you are a family member of a person who became a citizen through naturalisation.
In addition to the normal passport application form, passport photos signed by a person of good standing who has known you for at least 2 years, and the correct fee, you need to justify why you are requesting a second passport.
This will mean showing detailed travel plans which causes you to request second passport. such as flight confirmations or tickets.
And need a letter on headed paper explaining your circumstance that is dated no earlier than 4 weeks prior to your application.