Types of Proof of Identity for Passport UK
Passports are used as forms of identification when traveling abroad and issued by governments to citizens from Commonwealth nations such as Britain who wish to travel overseas. Once issued by your government, passports allow travel without the need for visas or additional documentation – though there may be restrictions regarding their validity period and which documents need to accompany them.
British passports were only ever available to British residents until the early 1920s. At a Paris Conference of 1920, diplomats from 42 nations met and created passport guidelines. Their League model stipulated a booklet of 32 pages; four pages would be reserved for detailing bearers’ physical characteristics and occupation.
At the start of the 20th century, a new type of passport was introduced with a cardboard cover printed in blue. Over time, various changes were made such as increasing page count and including photo pages in 1954. An official statement read “Her Britannic Majesty’s Secretary of State requests and requires all those concerned that bearer be permitted to travel freely without hindrance and receive any assistance or protection that may be needed”.
As per your unique circumstances, there are various forms of proof of identity you can submit with a passport application. These may include original birth certificates and official documentation regarding name changes (like marriage certificate or decree absolute/decree nisi papers), deed poll and statutory declaration documents.