First adult passport interview
Interviews were introduced as an extra security measure to protect your identity.
Passport interviews are a part of the application process if you are applying for a first adult passport. This means your application will take longer. You need to allow six weeks for the application process.
Interviews are held at our office and each one takes around 30 minutes. Once your application has been submitted you will need to contact our office to arrange a passport interview appointment.
Who needs to be interviewed?
First time applicants aged 16 or over, who have never before had a British passport in their own name, need to have an interview.
If you had your own passport as a child, you will not need an interview, as your application will be classed as a renewal. If you did not have a passport as a child (or you were only ever included on a parent’s passport) you will need to attend an interview.
If you are aged 65 or over, you may not need an interview.
If you were Naturalised or Registered on the Isle of Man, you may not need an interview.
Will the application take longer?
You need to apply for your passport in the usual way, using the standard application form and sending it to our office with any required supporting documentation.
When your application is received a letter will be sent or provided at our public counter outlining the types of supporting documents that you will need to bring with you to the interview.
Contact us on +44 1624 685208 to make an appointment for an interview which will be held at Passport Office, Government Office, Bucks Road, Douglas, IM1 3PN.
We recommend that you submit your application 6 weeks before you need to travel. Express Service is not available for first time adult applications.
Do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your new passport.
What is the interview like?
The interview will take approximately 30 minutes.
You will be asked a number of questions to confirm your identity.
Checks may be made to verify answers given.
What do I need to bring?
Supporting documents are outlined in the letter you have been sent or given.