Adult – quick guide to applying for a passport
You should allow approximately three weeks to receive a new passport once the application is successfully lodged.
You can help reduce processing time by ensuring that you provide all documents as required.
If you need your passport in a hurry, you may be able to use our priority processing service for an extra fee. With priority service, the turnaround time includes two business days for our processing plus delivery.
See our our passport fees.
- Complete the application form
- Collect all your citizenship and identity documents
- Get your passport photos
- Choose a guarantor / referee
- Lodge your passport application in person
- Allow approximately three weeks to receive your new passport
Are you applying online? Check out our Online application quick guide.
You must present your full Australian birth certificate or Australian citizenship certificate when you lodge your application or application checklist.
If you were born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986, you must present your full birth certificate and additional documents as evidence of your Australian citizenship.
In addition, you must bring supporting identity documents that show your photo and your current residential address.
You need to provide two identical colour photos that are no more than six months old. The photos must meet particular requirements. We recommend you check the requirements before you have your photos taken and ensure the person taking the photos understands these requirements.
Please do not stick the photos to your application form or application checklist as this can damage them if not attached correctly.
Your guarantor/referee must be an Australian citizen aged 18 or older, who has known you for at least 12 months but who is not related to you and does not live with you.
See guarantor/referee for further information on what the referee is required to do for you to complete your application.
Remember to take along your:
- application or application checklist
- citizenship and identity documents. These documents will be copied and returned to you on the spot.
If applying online, the citizenship and identity documents you need will be listed on your application checklist. These documents will be copied and returned to you on the spot.
If we require additional information after lodgment, we will contact you between 8am-6pm Monday-Saturday and 9am-6pm Sunday.
Can't find what you're looking for on the website, call our helpline on 131 232.
Check Australia Post's website for information about passport agencies where you can collect paper forms, lodge applications and pay fee.