The power to issue Isle of Man British passports is derived from the Royal Prerogative. The Isle of Man is an issuing authority for British passports and complies with Her Majesty’s Passport Office issuance policy for British passports. On the Isle of Man this is formally exercised by the Lieutenant Governor on behalf of the Crown.
The powers of the Lieutenant Governor allow the issuance of an Isle of Man British Passport to:
- a person resident in the Isle of Man; or
- a person who is born in the Isle of Man and who is resident in the United Kingdom; for example a student at University; or
- a person whom His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor considers there are exceptional grounds for example a person born overseas to parents who were Isle of Man born, and were serving in the RAF or Navy at the time the child was born and the child was then brought up in the Isle of Man and went to University in the United Kingdom.
The powers of the Lieutenant Governor do not extend to the issue of passports to British nationals resident overseas where the Prerogative is exercised by the Home Secretary exclusively.
An applicant resident overseas must apply online through the overseas passport services of Her Majesty's Passport Office.