Her Majesty's Passport Office (HMPO) has started to introduce passports that will no longer feature the passport holder's signature in the digital form.
Once passport holders receive their new passport they will be required to sign it on the 'holder's signature' line using a black ballpoint pen. You will be unable to use your new passport until you sign it.
You do not need to sign your new passport if you are aged 11 or under, or are unable to sign it because of a disability. Your passport will display a disclaimer on the page with your name and photo if this is the case.
HMPO has made this change as part of its move away from signed paper forms and printed photographs, and towards a simpler online application process for British passports - making the hand-written signature an important development for HMPO.