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Posted on24 August 2022

Where does translation come into a UK passport application?

Certified Translation for UK Passport Application

UK passport applications can be time-consuming, but you can avoid plenty of potential headaches by making sure any translation essentials are taken care of by a qualified team. Here’s the run-down on what you might need to know about applying for a British passport.

Who is eligible for a UK passport?

To be eligible for a UK passport, you must be a British citizen and have already acquired citizenship prior to beginning your passport application. You’ll also need to provide certain legal documents to support your application.

The documents required for UK passport applications are different depending on your personal circumstances. If you’re not sure about what documents you need for application, you can check on the UK government website.

Do I need to translate documents for my application?

If you need to submit original documents in a language other than English as part of your UK passport application, you’ll need a certified translation. The UK passport office requires all foreign-language documents to be submitted with an English translation attached.

According to the UK government, this translation should be provided by a translator registered with an official translation organisation. Working with a professional translation company ensures the translation is certified, which means it will be recognised by the UK passport office.

How can I find a certified translator?

The passport office recommends using a qualified translator recognised by organisations such as the Institute of Translation and Interpreting or the Association of Translation Companies

Atlas Translations are accredited members of both organisations. That means we’re able to provide certified translations of any documents you might need for your UK passport application. 

What should my next steps be?

We’ve even won awards from both the ITI and the ATC in recognition of our great work and fantastic standards. With over thirty years’ worth of experience in the translation industry, we’ve got the skills needed to deliver accurate translation for all your UK passport requirements. 


If you’re applying for a UK passport and are interested in finding out more about how we can help, why not get in touch with us? You can give us a call on 01727 812725 or email team@atlas-translations.co.uk to talk with our friendly team today.

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