To access these records you will either need to visit us, pay for research (£) or, where you can identify a specific record reference, order a copy (£).
Indexes of British passport applicants (1904-1916)
Search the indexes of names of passport applicants between 1904-1916 in FO 611/20-25. The indexes are not in strict alphabetical order but are listed chronologically by initial letter of surname.
Registers of British passport applications (1795-1948)
Browse the registers of British passport applications in FO 610, which are arranged by date and by passport number. They generally contain little more than the information in the online indexes and sometimes even less, but provide a longer, unbroken run of years.
Passports (1802-1961) and case papers (1916-1983)
Search by name for Foreign Office passports in FO 655 and Passport Office case papers in FO 737. These are small collections of records and therefore not comprehensive.
Narrow your search by using quotation marks to find a person’s full name, such as “John Williams”
Entry books of passes issued by Secretaries of State (1674-1794)
Browse entry books of passes issued by Secretaries of State to people travelling into and out of Britain. These records cover the date ranges 1674-1784 (SP 44/334-413) and 1748-1794 (FO 366/544). Some of the information is included in Calendar of State Papers Domestic and Calendar of Home Office Papers.
Other records of the Passport Office (1795-1983)
Browse or search the various record series within the records of the Passport Office (FO Division 17), some of which are covered in this guide, above, and include Passport Office correspondence 1815-1974 (FO 612).