British passports aren’t cheap and the application process can be laborious.
So it’s an inconvenience for any traveller if you have to change the details on your already existing travel document.
But there are steps you can take to make the process as smooth as possible.
According to the HM Passport Office, you must get a new passport if you change your name, gender or appearance.
If you’ve had plastic surgery for instance, or your appearance has changed enough to be unrecognisable from your passport photo, you’ll have to get a new one.
You won’t need a new passport if you’ve simply changed the colour of your hair or grown a beard.
The Passport Office warned: “You won’t be allowed to travel if you book your travel under a different name to what’s on your passport.”
How do I apply?
It costs £72.50 to apply for an updated passport, which will be sent to you with a fresh 10-year validity period.
The Passport Office added: “Up to nine months of unexpired time on your old passport will be added to your new passport.”
You’ll have to fill out a passport application with the name and details you want on your travel document.
To apply you can go online or fill out a paper form from your local post office.
Documents sent in with your application must be originals, not copies.
If you have an unexpired visa in your old passport, this may be rendered invalid with a name change.
The Passport Office advised: “Check with the embassy or consulate of the country that issued the visa.”
If you have another passport in addition to your British passport, the name and gender on the other travel document must match the details on your UK version.
To change your name because of a marriage or civil partnership, you’ll have to supply your certificate or a special form if you’re applying in advance.
If you’re returning to a previous surname because of a divorce, your application must include:
- your birth certificate
- a statement signed by you…