The Isle of Man Passport Office issues the Isle of Man variant of the British passport. The power to issue Isle of Man variant British passports is derived from the Royal Prerogative.
The Isle of Man Passport Office may issue an Isle of Man variant British Passport to:
- a British citizen or British subject resident in the Isle of Man at the time the application is made or
- a person who is born in the Isle of Man and who is resident in the United Kingdom at the time the application is made.
British citizens resident in the United Kingdom must apply to Her Majesty's Passport Office unless they were born on the Isle of Man.
Passports with validity over 10 years
Since 2001, some adult British passports were issued with a validity longer than 10 years.
This is because if you renewed your passport before it expired you were allowed to have the time left on your old passport added to your new passport. The maximum validity period possible was 10 years and 9 months. This means that you can't use the expiry date to check if your adult passport will be valid under the new Schengen Border Rules.
From the beginning of September 2018 extra validity is no longer added to British passports and the maximum validity for a new adult British passport will be 10 years, and for a child passport it will be 5 years. This change has been made to follow recommendations set out by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and to help provide clarity about passport validity in the future.
You can use the UK Passport Validity Checker to see if your passport will be complaint for travel to Europe.
An applicant resident overseas must apply online through the overseas passport services of Her Majesty's Passport Office
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