Overseas – quick guide to applying for a passport
You should allow approximately three weeks to receive a new passport.
If you need your passport in a hurry, contact the nearest Australian diplomatic mission or consulate to discuss options.
You can help minimise processing times by ensuring you provide everything we need when you lodge your application.
For adults, an ordinary passport, valid for ten years, costs A$282. Applicants aged 75 and over can choose to have a five-year passport for half the cost (A$142). Children's passports are valid for five years and cost A$142. Child applicants aged 16 or 17 are issued with 10-year passports, which cost A$282.
Passport applications lodged overseas attract a surcharge. This is A$105 for adult applicants and A$53 for child applicants including 16 and 17 year olds.
Check with the nearest Australian diplomatic mission or consulatefor fees in local currency.
Other fees may apply.
- Complete an application form
- Collect all necessary citizenship and identity documents
- Get passport photos taken
- Ask a guarantor to sign the form and photos
- Lodge your application in person
- Allow approximately three weeks to receive your new passport
- request a blank application form be mailed to you at your overseas address, or
- obtain a blank application form from an Australian diplomatic mission or consulate.
Unless there are special circumstances, a child's passport can only be issued with written consent from all those with parental responsibility or an Australian court order permitting the child to have an Australian travel document, travel internationally or live or spend time with a person outside Australia. You need to include the relevant details in the application form.
You must present your Australian birth certificate or Australian citizenship certificate when you lodge your application.
If you were born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986, you must provide other documents as evidence of your Australian citizenship.
In addition, you must bring supporting identity documents that show your photo and your current residential address.
If you are lodging an application for a child, you must present photographic identification for yourself in addition to the child's identity documents.
You need to provide two identical colour photos that are no more than six months old. The images must meet particular requirements. We recommend you check the requirements before you get your photos taken and ensure the person taking the photo understands these requirements. Please do not attach the photos to your application form as this can damage them if not attached correctly.
A guarantor must be a person aged 18 or older who has known you for at least 12 months and possesses a current Australian passport issued with at least two years validity or be currently employed in one of the approved professional or occupational groups. Details of these groups can be obtained from the Australian diplomatic mission or consulatewhere you plan to lodge your application.
Overseas, passport applications must be lodged in person at an Australian diplomatic mission or consulate. An appointment may be necessary - please check with the mission or consulate.
A child's passport application must be lodged by a parent or a person with parental responsibility for the child; child applicants aged 16 or 17 must also attend but children under 16 are not required to do so.
Remember to take along your original identity documents, which will be sighted and returned to you at the time, your endorsed photos, and the means to pay the fee(s). In most cases, you will be required to pay an equivalent amount in local currency. Contact the Australian diplomatic mission or consulate where you will lodge your application for details. If you are lodging a child's application you must present proof of your own identity which has a photo, signature and residential address.
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