Applying for an Australian Passport overseas
Most passport applications must be lodged in person by appointment only. Ensure that you have all the relevant documents and that you have filled in the form correctly before booking an appointment with us.
Some passport renewal applications can now be done by post, but an eligibility criteria applies. To see if you are eligble check here for adults and here for children.
For children born through surrogacy in Georgia, the process is different - see here.
To complete your passport application and book an appointment, please follow these steps:
1. Get the application form
- Find the right application form at www.passports.gov.au and fill it in online. You will need to create an account first.
- Please complete a separate application for each person requiring a passport
2. Print the application form
- Print your application on plain white A4 paper.
- Make sure your form has printed in full and isn't cut off at the top or bottom of the page.
- US standard letter paper or US legal paper sizes are also acceptable, but only if they’re scaled properly.
- Refer to more information on printing your application form.
3. Sign and date the application form
- Children 10 years or older must provide a signature unless there is a medical reason or disability that prevents them from signing.
- It is very important that the signature is included on the application in strict accordance with the guidelines.
- The entire signature must be kept inside the white box provided on the form.
- The signature must be dated within six months of lodgement and must be in black ink.
- Do not alter the signature or the date.
- Do not use white out on the signature or the date.
- If you make a mistake, or it was dated more than six months before lodgement reprint the form.
- If you are renewing a passport, make sure your place of birth is exactly the same as the previous passport.
4. Photographs and Guarantor
- Please bring a minimum of two recent identical colour photos, less than six months old.
- We recommend providing at least three photos to ensure there is a spare if one is damaged.
- The default in Turkiye for passport photos is 5x5 – this does not meet the Australian standards: please check the photo requirements.
- We recommend you have your photographs taken by a professional photographer and we suggest taking a copy of the camera operator guidelines to show the photographer.
- Make sure the photographer uses high quality, glossy paper. They should not use an inkjet printer.
- Please advise the photographer not to 'photo shop' the image, as the system can detect this and your photos will likely be rejected and you will need to resubmit fresh ones. Photos taken in automatic photo booths will also likely be rejected.
- Photos that do not meet the guidelines cannot be accepted and this will delay your application considerably.
- Do not attach the photos to the form as this may damage them, leave them loose.
- For Adult Passport Renewal Applications (PC7) a guarantor is not required
For PC7 applications you must write your full name in BLOCK LETTERS on the back of one of the photographs in black pen.
- For Overseas Passport Applications (PC8) a guarantor is required.
The guarantor must endorse the back of one photo by writing ‘This is a true photo of [the applicant's full name]’ and signed in black pen. See our advice on who can be a guarantor in Turkiye below.
Religious head coverings should be plain, unpatterned and of one color, and should be worn from under the chin to the top of the forehead to show your face. The edges of your face on both sides must also be visible.
5. Supporting documents
- All documents must be original documents. We cannot accept copies, including certified copies.
- The supporting documents you need to bring will depend on the type of application you are completing:PC7 or PC8, child or adult.
- Please make sure you carefully read the information about the supporting documents you need to bring with you.
- If you changed your surname by marriage or reverted to a previous surname because of divorce or death of a spouse please check the information below under "Name change documents" to see which documents are needed for the appointment.
Which documents do I need to bring with me? Name change documents
6. Book an appointment
Most applications must be lodged in person by appointment only.
Some passport renewal applications can now be done by post, but an eligibility criteria applies. To see if you are eligble check here for adults and here for children
- For first-time child applications, one parent with parental responsibility must lodge the application in person at an appointment. The lodging parent does not have to be Australian.
- Children aged 16 and 17 years old must attend an appointment, accompanied by one parent.
- Children aged 15 years and younger are not required to attend an appointment.
- A fee is payable at the appointment.
- Fees are subject to change each month based on exchange rate fluctuations between AUD and TRY.
- Check the relevant fee here before attending your appointment.
Appointments for Passport lodgement can be made at either our Embassy in Ankara or our Consulate in Istanbul, by clicking below:
7. Processing time
- Due to an increase in demand, please allow approximately 6-8 weeks to receive your new passport after lodgement.
- You should factor these timeframes into your travel plans.
- It is your responsibility to keep your Australian passport valid.
- You can keep your current passport while your new one is being processed.
8. Passport validity
Ordinary passport (34 pages):
- 10 - year validity for persons aged 16 and over
- 5 - year validity for children under 16 years and optional for persons aged 75 years and over