Page last updated: 1st February 2020.
Frustratingly, Her Majesty's Passport Office does not have information online about how to get a second UK passport! If you travel extensively then you may encounter the need to get a second passport. Well hopefully this guide can help.
First thing to note is that the second UK passport will not be a duplicate of your existing one, but a brand new one. It will have a different passport number, expiry date and photo, and will be treated as a standalone. Your new passport will be valid for 10 years which you renew by the usual processes afterwards. You can read about my own experience using the Premium service here.
Broadly speaking you will need to encounter one of the following two situations to convince the Her Majesty's Passport Office to issue you another UK passport:
- You are a business traveller who needs to visit countries that are in conflict or incompatibility with each other, e.g. Israel and Iran/Lebanon/Syria/Iraq etc.
- You are a very frequent business traveller and need to get a new visa issued in an embassy which might hold your passport for a long time, which would impede your travel otherwise.
Unfortunately they take a dim view on leisure travellers getting a 2nd passport, so if you have the opportunity through your work, I'd say grab it while you can.
You can apply by post inside the UK, outside the UK , or at one of the passport interview centres.
If applying through one of the interview centres, you need to call the Passport Advice Line on +44 (0) 300 222 0000 and book an appointment at a centre convenient for you. Currently they are conducted at these locations:
In all cases, be sure that you are choosing the option to “Apply for a 1st adult passport”, and specifically request not to cancel your existing passport. If calling by telephone the operator should be aware of the process for business travellers obtaining a second document.
As this is a ‘1st passport application', they check your proof of UK citizenship with extra rigour. Depending on the nature of how you became a UK citizen (e.g. by birth or by naturalisation), the Passport Advice Line can advise you on what supporting evidence of your citizenship you need to bring to your appointment or submit by post. Normally this will include any one or more of the following documents:
- Your current UK passport – This is the easiest option if your name has changed since birth or issuance of other accepted certificates. See below.
- Birth Certificate – if issued in the UK and you were born to UK parents
- Birth Certificate & copy of your UK parent's/parents' passport(s) – if you were born outside the UK and have at least one UK parent
- Certificate of Naturalisation – if you became a UK citizen through naturalisation
- Certificate of Registration – if you are a family member of a person who became a citizen through naturalisation.
(N.B. it's not possible to have both a Certificate of Naturalisation and Certificate of Registration, it is one or the other. If you became a citizen through asylum or as a refugee then you may have a different certificate…I have no idea what it is though!)
In addition to the normal passport application form, passport photos signed by a person of good standing who has known you for at least 2 years, and the correct fee, you need to justify why you are requesting a second passport. This will mean showing detailed travel plans which causes you to request second passport. E.g. flight confirmations/tickets.
You will also need a letter on headed paper explaining your circumstance that is dated no earlier than 4 weeks prior to your application. I have adapted a template that I found on a forum post in Business Traveller which you will need to edit to suit your individual needs:
To Whom it May Concern,
Second Passport Application
This is to confirm that [name] is employed by this company as [job title]. He/she has been employed by us since [date].
[Name] is a frequent traveller and is therefore in need of a second passport as we anticipate several company trips over the next few months. Several countries that [he/she] will be travelling to will require visas / do not allow and therefore we would request a second passport to expedite these while [he/she] is traveling.
Over the coming months and into next year, [he/she] might be required to travel to [adapt as appropriate] :
- Israel – April 2020
- Kenya – June 2020
- Lebanon – August 2020
- Qatar – September 2020
- United Arab Emirates – October 2020
- Iran – October 2020
- Russian Federation – November 2020
- Saudi Arabia – January 2021
- Pakistan – January 2021
- India – January 2021
We confirm that [he/she] will return his/her normal domicile at [home address] to resume employment with this company after this trip. Please assist [him/her] in obtaining a second passport allowing her to travel.
If you require any further information with regards to [his/her] employment with this company, please do not hesitate to contact me on the above number.
And that's it! Hopefully this guide will help you obtain your new passport. Don't forget to remind them not to cancel your existing one!
Did you do things differently? Or have you followed the above? Leave a comment below to tell me of your experience. Thanks!
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