How long to get a passport

Passport processing times

Whether you apply in Australia or overseas, it can take up to three weeks to get a new passport.

You can help to minimise processing time by ensuring you provide all the information required when you lodge your application.

Child passport applications that do not include full parental consent take longer to process and normal turnaround times do not apply. Priority service cannot be provided until the application has been assessed and approved for passport issue. As there is no guarantee the application will be successful, it is advisable not to make firm overseas travel plans until you know whether a passport will be issued.

You can track the progress of your application through the MyApplication function on this website or by calling the Australian Passport Information Service (APIS) on 131 232.

Priority processing service

Our priority processing service guarantees that your passport will be produced within two business days of us receiving everything we need from you. You should allow extra time for your application to reach a passport office by mail, and for your passport to be sent to you by registered mail (unless you arrange to collect it personally).

The priority processing service is available for passport applications and renewals lodged in Australia or at the Australian High Commission in London. The service is not an option for child passport applications that do not include full parental consent.

If you are applying overseas and cannot wait the standard three weeks to receive your new passport, you should contact the nearest Australian diplomatic mission or consulate for advice.

Passports Tips and Hints
It would be advisable to hold a valid passport if:
- you have family living or travelling outside Australia
- you may be required to travel on business at short notice
- you travel overseas regularly

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