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. Child applicants aged 16 or 17 are issued with 10-year passports, which cost A$254.

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

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

Other fees may apply.

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

1. Complete an application form

Start your application 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 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.

2. 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.

3. 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  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.

4. 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 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 consulate where you plan to lodge your application.

5. Lodge your passport application in person

Overseas, passport applications must be lodged in person at an Australian diplomatic 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.

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