United Kingdom British Passport : Series 22 (2010 — 2015) Biometric, 'Scenic Britain'
SERIES DESCRIPTION European Union ePassport 2010-2015
VARIETY DESCRIPTION Version 2, Biometric, Scenic Britain
CITIZENSHIP / NATIONALITY GBR - British Citizen (Normal UK Passport)
GBD - British Overseas Territories Citizens
GBO - British Overseas Citizens
GBS - British Subjects
GBP - British Protected Persons
GBN - British National Overseas (Issued from 14/06/2011)

If issued on behalf of a Commonwealth country, "Commonwealth Citizen".
PERFORATIONS From page 1 until interior side of back cover. The laser perforated number consists of variable hole shapes (circle, square and triangle).
COAT-OF-ARMS Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the style used by Her Majesty's Government from 1953.
FIRST ISSUE 05/10/2010
LAST ISSUE 06/12/2015
VALIDITY LENGTH Adults (16 and above), a maximum of 10 years.
Children (0 to 15), a maximum of 5 years.
Adults, normally 10 years up to a maximum of 10 years 9 months. Children, normally 5 years up to a maximum of 5 years 9 months.
RENEWAL Note number 1: If issued to a child under sixteen years of age it is normally valid for five years in the first instance but may he extended for a further five years without further charge. A passport which is ten years old or has no further space for visas must be replaced by a new one.
Business passports have 48 pages.
FORMAT ICAO 88 × 125
The cover material is an acrylic-coated, paper-based substrate. 
COLOUR Burgundy
SIGNATURE Digital printed on the datapage.
Front Cover Community's Name

Country's Name


Document's Name

ICAO  ePassport Biometric Symbol
Interior of Front Cover Diplomatic request page.
1 Community’s name, country’s name, document’s name in English, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic other EU official languages.
Document’s number.
2 Datapage. It contains a thin film patch that is clear in colour but has UV visible printing and holograms contained within it. The thin film patch contains a unique serial number which consists of 3 alpha characters and 4 numeric followed by a check symbol. This number is located beneath the holder’s image should not be confused with the 9 digit passport number.
3 Observations. Any observations are inkjet printed.
Ghost image, inkjet printing.
Page 3 is not laminated.    
4 - 5 12-point key to the details recorded on the biographical details page and page 2.
Each point is in English, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic and the other 21 official EU languages.
6 - 31 Numbered and showing scenes from around the United Kingdom. Meant for visas.

Each visa page in the 32-page passport is unique, with the design spreading across two adjacent pages. A caption is provided on each page to describe the scene on the page. Within the 48-page passport, some designs are repeated.
32 Notes
Interior of Back Cover Emergency contacts.

From 5 October 2010 HM Passport Office began to issue a new style of e-passport (version 2), to UK nationals. The personal details page (which includes the photograph) and the observations page have been moved to the front of the passport. The electronic chip, which includes the same information as printed on the personal data page, is on the cover.

The biometric chip and antenna will no longer be held on the observation page of these e-passports and the observation page will no longer be laminated. Passports of the new design that do not require any observations will automatically include observation to confirm that ‘There Are No Official Observations.’

The Identity & Passport Service announced that the British passport was to be redesigned. Pages of the passport will contain well-known UK scenes including the White Cliffs of Dover, the Gower Peninsula, Ben Nevis and the Giant's Causeway. There will also be new security features, namely moving the chip which stores the holder's details to the inside of the passport cover where it will no longer be visible (this gives additional physical protection as well as making it much harder to replace the chip without damage to the passport cover being spotted), a secondary image of the holder printed onto the observations page, new designs now stretching across two pages and a new transparent covering which includes several holograms to protect the holder's personal details.

Previously, all applications made in the United Kingdom were handled by the Home Office and those made overseas were handled by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (the FCO's seven regional processing centres in Düsseldorf, Hong Kong, Madrid, Paris, Pretoria, Washington and Wellington). The responsibility has been gradually transferred between December 2012 and March 2014. All passports are now handled by a central application processing centre in Liverpool, England. British passports have been printed and issued by Her Majesty's Passport Office (HMPO) in the United Kingdom since May 2015.

As to ensure that the passport, whether issued in the UK or abroad, is available to British nationals at the most economic fee possible. That is why the passport process is to come under the single authority of the Home Office as part of a 4 stage process that is already underway:
  • The first part of that process was to rationalise a large number of small passport issuing posts around the world into regional hubs. This has occurred already and, as noted above, the hub for Mexico is Washington DC.
  • From 1 April 2011, all policy responsibility for overseas passports transferred to the Home Office and its executive agency, the Identity & Passport Service (IPS). There will be a transitional period of two years in which existing FCO staff overseas in regional hubs will continue to process and consider applications for British passports made by British nationals overseas.
  • Later this year the printing of all passports will transfer to the UK. This means that IPS will be able to maximise the benefits of economies of scale by having a centralised facility for all printing requirements. Overseas customers will have their passport application processed overseas and then printed and despatched from the central print facility in the UK - enabling them to be issued with the latest version of the British passport. This will occur within existing service levels.
  • This should result in efficiencies and will provide benefits as IPS move into the fourth stage by 2013. Applications from British nationals overseas will then be submitted to and considered in the United Kingdom.
From 16/06/2014, the validity of this passport can be extended, using stamp GBR-D-02001. 

Extension stamp applied by British diplomatic posts to extend the validity of British passports for a period of 12 months from the date on which the extension is applied. Extension stamps will be applied only if there are at least three empty visa pages in the document. A note "Passport extension on page XX" will be written on the Observations page.


Issued from 14/06/2011 with main difference is with oak tree leaves with acorns containing a latent image of the ICAO biometrics symbol.

Metallised area at the left side of, and beneath the holder's image containing a unique serial number which is not the same as the passport number. On the top left of the holder's image, there are a number of metallic birds containing microtext


The former weavers' cottages in Arlington Row of Bibury, Gloucestershire. The Arlington Row cottages were originally built in 1380 as a monastic wool store which was converted into a row of weavers' cottages in the 17th Century. The cloth produced there was sent to Arlington Mill.


The words EUROPEAN UNION are printed at the top of British passports issued to British nationals who are considered "United Kingdom nationals for European Community purposes" (i.e. British Citizens, British Subjects with the right of abode in the UK and British Overseas Territories Citizens connected with Gibraltar). It is not included at the top of other British passports (i.e. passports issued to British Nationals (Overseas), British Overseas Citizens, British Protected Persons, non-Gibraltarian British Overseas Territories Citizens and British Subjects without the right of abode in the UK).

Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State Requests and requires in the Name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance, and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary.


1. Right of Abode in the UK
This passport is the proof that the holder has right of abode in the UK if the holder's nationality is shown as British citizen or the passport has an observation that the holder has right of abode in the UK.

2. Immigration & Visa Requirements
Possession of a passport does not exempt the holder from complying with the immigration requirements of another territory, or from the need to obtain visas or other permits where required. Please check these requirements before travelling.

3. Immigration Gates
British Citizens may use their e-passports in automated gates. These are usually marked with this symbol: 

4. Registration Overseas
British nationals can register any plan to travel or to live outside of the United Kingdom with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. This will make it easier to get consular assistance to you quickly in an emergency.

5. Consular Assistance Abroad
If you need consular assistance when you are outside the European Union in a country where is no British Embassy or Consulate, you can get help from the Embassy or Consulate of another Member State of the European Union.

6. Dual Nationality
British nationals who are also nationals of another country cannot be protected by Her Majesty's Representatives against the authorities of that country. If, under the law of that country, they are liable for any obligation (such as military service), the fact that they are British nationals does not exempt them from it.

7. Caution
This passport remains the property of Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom and may be withdrawn at any time. It should not be tampered with or passed to an unauthorised person. Tampering with a passport may constitute a criminal offence and render it invalid for use. Any case of loss or destruction should be reported immediately to the local police and a British passport issuing authority. The passport of a deceased person should be sent for cancellation to the nearest such passport authority; it will be returned on request.

For further advice please consult our website at www.direct.gov.uk