Overseas– quick guide to applying for a passport

How long does it take?

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.

What does it cost?

For adults, an ordinary passport, valid for ten years, costs A$254.  Applicants aged 75 and over can choose to have a five-year passport for half the cost (A$127).  Children's passports are valid for five years and cost A$127.  From January 2016,  child applicants aged 16 or 17 will be issued with 10 year passports, which cost $254.

Check with the nearest Australian diplomatic mission or consulate for fees in local currency.

Passport applications lodged overseas attract a surcharge. This is $102 for adult applicants and $51 for child applicants including 16 and 17 year olds.

Other fees may apply.  More information.

The application process

  • 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

What do I need to do?

  1. Complete an application form

Start your application form online and print it for lodgment.  If you are unable to complete the form online, you can:

Unless there are special circumstances, a child's passport can only be issued with written consent from all those with parental responsibility or a 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.  More information.

  1. Collect all your citizenship and identity documents

To qualify for a passport, you need to confirm your Australian citizenship and prove your personal identity, using original documents.

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.

  1. Obtain passport photos

You need to provide two identical colour photos that are no more than six months old.  The images must meet particular requirements.  We recommend that you check the requirements before you get your photos taken by a professional passport photographer.

  1. Choose a guarantor to endorse your application form and one of your photos.

A guarantor must be a person aged 18 or older who has known you for at least 12 months.  Check with the Australian diplomatic mission or consulate where you plan to lodge your application for other guarantor requirements.

  1. Lodge your passport application in person

All passport applications must be lodged in person.

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.

Overseas, you can lodge at an Australian diplomatic mission or consulate

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).  If you are lodging a child's application you must present proof of your own identity which has a photograph, signature, and residential address.

How do I get help?

Browse this website for more detailed information.

Contact the nearest Australian diplomatic mission or consulate. 

Start your application online now