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Latest Passport Waiting Times

Current average passport processing times are displayed below.

How does this work?

Crowd Sourced
Average Passport Waiting Time

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.


UK Passport Applications

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.

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 3 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 did your passport take to arrive?

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To help us keep our crowd sourced average as accurate as possible please submit your total waiting times within 48 hours of receiving your passport.

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To help us keep our crowd sourced average as accurate as possible please submit your total waiting times within 24 hours of receiving your passport.

Current Average UK Passport Processing Times:

First Adult Passport

42.31 Days*

(Updated 15th October 2020)

Adult Passport Renewal

17.01 days

(Updated 15th October 2020)

First Child Passport

23.56 Days*

(Updated 15th October 2020)

Child Renewal Passport

15.12 Days*

(Updated 15th October 2020)

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.

Your Application

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.

Passport Renewal

How long does it take to
renew a passport?

The current average wait time to renew a passport is 18.3 days as of September 14th 2020. 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. Passport renewal times do tend to be very slightly quicker than first passport applications according to the data we receive. The figure in the table above show current renewal times which is updated every 2-3 days.

Application Method

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.

Which Passport

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.

Average Time

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.

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