Current Average UK Passport Processing Times:
First Adult Passport
Adult Passport Renewal
First Child Passport
(All Updated December 10th 2018)
How does this work?
We collect data via our website and also Twitter to provide you with an estimate of how long you are likely to have to wait to receive your UK passport. Whilst it is not a precise indication of when you will get your passport back it will certainly give you some idea of how long you may need to wait based on other people who have recently applied and received theirs. We calculate an average of the last 31 days of user tweets and website submissions to display a figure in days. The figure shown is for a standard application and not the premium or fast track service that the GOV.UK offer.
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.
Who Are We?
We are a friendly bunch who love to travel and wanted to create a UK resource to relieve the stress of the British public. We are an independent company and are no way connected to the UK Home Office (sorry, we had to get that in) but hopefully through crowd sourcing we can provide you with an excellent resource not only for passport waiting times but also we will be offering lots of other travel advice provided by ourselves and our contributors. (like to be a contributor? click here)
How long does it take to get a UK passport?
Times can vary depending on time of year and certain individual circumstances. We work out an average of how long it takes to get a UK passport from our user data. The average waiting time shown is for people that have made a standard (non expedited) application.
How can I contribute and why?
You may wonder why people would want to contribute and tell us their passport waiting time but there are a couple of reasons why. Firstly, this site would not work without the contributions from other users. The reason you are here is because you want to know how long your passport will take to arrive. As we Brits are generally nice people and always like to stick together when we travel then why not help each other. If you have received your passport and have used this site then why not help others and be part of our calculation.
Secondly, we have created lots of interest with our concept in the travel industry and by contributing you will be in line for some nice travel treats that we are negotiating with travel industry providers.
Contribute to Passport Waiting Times
There are 2 ways to share your experience. It you are an avid Tweeter you can simply use the hashtag #passportwaiting and tweet the number of days (not weeks) it took for your passport to arrive from your application. If you would rather be more anonymous you can fill out the form in the right margin of this page.
What is the average waiting time for a Passport?
The figure in our title above shows you the latest average waiting time for a UK passport. This is updated on a daily basis after a calculation of the last 30 days of user data.
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 2 to 3 days depending on amount of data received.
USA Passport Waiting Times
We also have a new website providing the same service for USA passport waiting times.