1. British passports are issued by the competent authorities throughout the British Empire and by British Diplomatic and Consular officers abroad. Applications should be made in the authorised form obtainable from those authorities.
2. Passports are issued in the United Kingdom at the Passport Office, Westminster, London, S.W.l, and at the Branch Passport Office, 36, Dale Street, Liverpool. Passports cannot be issued or renewed at the Passport Office for persons not at the time being in the United Kingdom. Passports should not be sent abroad by post.
3. Residents in Ireland should make their applications to the Passport Department, Ministry of External Affairs, Dublin, except those in Northern Ireland Who should apply to the Branch Passport Office, Liverpool. In the British Dominions or Colonies applications should be made to the local authorities.
4. Passports are available for five years, in the first instance, unless otherwise stated. They may be renewed from time to time for further consecutive periods of one to five years from the date of expiry, provided the total period of validity of ten years from the original date of issue is not exceeded. The fee for each year of renewal is 2s.
5. British passports are not available beyond ten years from the original date of issue. Thereafter, or if at any time the passport contains no further space for visas, a new passport must be obtained.
(a) A passport including particulars of the holder’s wife is not available for the wife’s use when travelling alone.
(b) Children who have reached the age of sixteen years require separate passports.
6. The passport is only available for travel to the countries named on page 4, but may be endorsed for additional countries (fee 2s.). The possession of a passport so endorsed does not, however, exempt the holder from compliance with any immigration regulations in force in British or foreign countries or from, the necessity of obtaining a visa where required.
7. Passports endorsed as valid for the British Empire are also available for travelling to territory under British protection or mandate, not, however, including Palestine or Transjordan, for which the passport must be specially endorsed, or the Aden Protectorate for which both an endorsement and a visa are required.
8. British subjects permanently resident abroad should in all cases register their names and addresses at the nearest British Consulate. Such registration constitutes the most ready means in emergency or difficulty of enabling all proper assistance or advice to be afforded them. Changes of address or departure from the country of residence should also be notified to the Consulate.
This passport is a valuable document. It should not be altered in any way or allowed to pass into the possession of an unauthorised person. If lost or destroyed, the fact and circumstances should be immediately reported to the Passport Office, London, or the nearest British Consulate or British authority and to the local police. New passports can only be issued in such cases after exhaustive enquiries.
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