Getting your application right the first time

10 March 2023

If you’re travelling overseas, you need a current passport with at least six months’ validity. 

If you need to apply for or renew your passport, it can take a minimum of six weeks for your application to be processed. 

But if you’re missing documents or there are any issues with your application, it can take longer.  

Below are some tips to making sure you get your application right the first time: 

  • make sure your application form has been completed in full 
  • be aware of all the supporting documentation required and ensure you provide copies of these together with your application 
  • if you need to prove your identity as part of a new application, remember to provide original copies of your identification documents when lodging your application 
  • provide an up-to-date photo that meets our passport photo requirements.  

The best way to start your application is to go to our online passport application portal.  


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