My wife, three kids and I want to apply for UK visitor visas.
Do we need to create five different accounts for the online applications or can we all apply from the same account?
Do we need to create five different accounts?
Yes, each applicant uses a separate account. Parents make them for their children, but only one set of evidence is required for the whole family.
Each and every person in the family pays the full fee. The fee must be paid from the applicant's own account at visa4UK. There is no facility to gang pay for a group unless you are a licensed tour operator.
You didn't ask, but this is a tip: Finish the primary's application first (assume the father) and write down the GWF number.
Then the secondary parent completes the application and puts the primary's GWF number in the remarks section.
Then the applications are completed for each child putting the parents' GWF numbers on their applications.
When all the applications are ready, submit them all in one go. This will maximize the chances of having the same biometrics appointment. If they schedule different biometric appointments for the children, you can come back here and ask a new question about what to do.