How to get a child passport

7-step guide

Step 1: Gather original documents

You’ll generally need:

You’ll need details from these documents to complete the application. You also need to bring the documents when you lodge the application. We’ll return the documents to you on the spot. Don’t bring copies – we only accept originals.

Step 2: Ask someone to be the child’s guarantor

A guarantor has to sign section 11 of the application and endorse the back of a passport photo by writing 'This is a true photo of (the child’s full name)' and signing in black pen.

The guarantor:

  • must be an adult Australian citizen (unless you’re applying overseas) who has known the child for more than a year (or, if the child is less than a year old, since the child was born)
  • cannot be related in any way to the child or to a person who has parental responsibility for the child, or in a de facto relationship with a person who has parental responsibility, or living at the same address as the child or a person with parental responsibility.

To complete the application, you’ll need the guarantor’s full name, their phone number, and either their current Australian passport details or the address where they’ve been on the electoral roll for the past 12 months.

If you’re applying overseas, the guarantor can be someone with a current Australian passport, or a person of any nationality who’s employed in an approved occupational group. To find out about approved occupational groups, check with the Australian diplomatic or consular mission where you’ll be lodging the application.

Step 3: Complete the application

Going online is the easiest way to do this. Our system guides you through the questions to help you get the answers right. More than 70 per cent of passport applicants use our online service.

If going online isn’t an option for you, just ask for a child application form at a participating Australia Post outlet or an Australian diplomatic or consular mission.

If you have problems with our website, or just want to know more about how it works, see our Website advice and troubleshooting guide.

Step 4: Print the form and get signatures

If you apply online, our website will generate a completed application form for you.

You need to print the form.

Everyone who’s giving consent for the child to have a passport needs to sign section 15 of the form in front of a witness. If they can’t easily do that because they’re in different parts of the world, follow our instructions.

Children aged 10 and over have to sign section 16 of the form (section 18 if applying overseas).

To see which original documents to bring when you lodge the form, check the instructions in Step 1 above.

Step 5: Get passport photos

Make sure they comply with our photo requirements.

Step 6: Lodge the application and pay the fee

Lodge the application and pay the passport fee at a participating Australia Post outlet or an Australian diplomatic or consular mission.

In some locations, you may need to book an appointment.

Bring the application form, passport photos of the child, and whatever original documents you need.

Also bring current proof of your own identity that has a photo, signature and your residential address.

If you’re applying for a child aged 16 or 17, the child has to come with you when you lodge the application.

Step 7: We’ll tell you when the passport is ready

When the passport is ready, we’ll send you an email.

Allow about three weeks to receive the passport after you lodge the application.

A child passport application without consent from everyone who has parental responsibility takes much longer.

If you’re in a hurry, and there’s full consent, we have options for urgent applications.

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