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UK Passport Waiting Time

We tell you how many days it is likely to take to get your UK Passport.

How do we do this?

We do this by asking recent passport applicants how many days their application took. Our website uses this information and calculates an average which is updated daily. Whilst it is not a precise indication of when you will get your passport it will certainly give you some idea of how long you may need to wait.

We calculate an average of the last 31 days of user tweets and website submissions to display a figure in days. We display an average for 1st Adult, Adult Renewal, 1 Week Fast Track, 1st Child, Child Renewal and Overseas applications.

Waiting for you passport, especially if you have already booked your holiday, can be very stressful so we hope our site can go some way to give you an idea. If you have used this site to find out the current passport processing time then please do come back when you receive your passport and submit how long it took to arrive. The average we provide is only possible from user submissions and the more we receive the more accurate our figure is.

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How long does it take to get a passport?

We work out an average of how long it takes to get a UK passport from our user data.

Wait times can vary depending on time of year and certain individual circumstances. The average waiting time shown is for people that have made a standard (non expedited) application. Gov.Uk website state that it takes 10 weeks to get a UK passport and also advise not to book any travel until your passport arrives which is good advice. As you can see from the average waiting times below the actual passport processing time is quite a bit quicker.

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    How long does it take to get a Passport?

    Current average UK Passport processing times:

    (Calculated from UK passport applicant data over past 30 days)

    First Adult Passport

    Adult Renewal

    First Child Passport

    Child Renewal

    All of the times shown are averages that have been crowd sourced from other users via this website and also Twitter. We are are an independent website and have no association with Her Majesty’s Passport Office.

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    Why is my passport taking longer than the average?

    The figure shown is an average so does take in to account some people receive theirs in a matter of days whilst others have to wait weeks. We do not have any information as to why some take longer than the stated average. If you have are waiting longer than you expected then you may be able to find help on our forum where other users share their experiences and individual circumstances as to why they have had to wait longer.

    Our forum is a real community and is a great place to share your passport experience and read posts from other people in the same situation as you. It can provide lots of answers to passport relates questions such as “How long to get supporting documents back?”

    How long does it take to renew a passport?

    We display data for UK adult passport renewal and also child renewal processing times. The renewal time is calculated from submitting your online or postal application to the date that you actually receive it back. If you are wondering how long does it takes to renew a passport it is slightly quicker than first passport applications according to the data we receive. The renewal average shown here is updated daily.

    Methods of Passport Application

    Our passport waiting time calculation is based on times waited for passports that are applied for online and at the Post Office. It does not include visiting the Passport Office and completing a same day application which is often done in emergency situations.

    Types of Passport Application

    We provide average passport processing times for Adult Renewals, First Adult Passport and First Child Passport. Generally these times are not too far apart but by crowd sourcing we can provide a fairly accurate passport turnaround time for each type of application. Her Majesty’s Passport Office do offer guidelines for each of these passport applications but this does not reflect busy times of the year whereas our average is updated every day.

    What is the current UK Passport waiting time?

    The current UK passport waiting times are shown in the box above and can also be found on the news page which is updated daily. This is updated on a daily basis after a calculation of the last 30 days of user data.

    Is this website just for UK Passports?

    This website focuses on UK passports but we also have separate websites for U.S Passports and Canada Passports. If you are a UK Passport holder and have Irish ancestry you can check Irish Passport waiting times. Also, if have Irish ancestry, you can follow our guide how to obtain an Irish Passport as a UK Citizen.

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