May 10, 2022

Passport Experiences 10th May 2022

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Passport Application Experiences

Feedback, experiences, timelines, tips and useful information from people that have recently been through the UK passport application process.

First Adult Passport

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-21

Date Received:
2022-04-29

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Still waiting for my original documents to be returned.

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-19

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
20 days from start to finish was sent to Bootle office quicker service than usual.

Adult Renewal Passport

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-19

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Liverpool office
* Passport posted through letterbox 8am 9 May (no sig)
Passport printed- 1:27pm 6 May
Application approved- 9:37am 5 May
Documents received- 1:53pm 3 May
*Documents received per Royal Mail 21 April
*Documents posted 20 April
Application received- 10:05pm 19 April
Application submitted 10:05pm 19 April

As with most other applications the longest wait was passport office acknowledging receipt of old passport. Would definitely advise paying for signed for postage! After that fairly plain sailing.
This is the first of three passports we’ve applied for:
-Child first at BOOTLE office printed but still not arrived (applied 1st April!)
-Other adult renewal Peterborough office only today approved! Such a discrepancy between the offices.

Worst bit is all of the media coverage! Wish the passport office would fight back with statements or articles containing average passport turnaround times or an explanation to try and ease the stress!

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-24

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
A two-week turnaround for the adult renewal standard service is brilliant even at the best of times. I was expecting at least 4 weeks given the Home Office has been inundated with applications post-lockdown and in preparation for the Summer holidays.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-12

Date Received:
2022-05-07

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
This was a lost passport renewal.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-18

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Initial delays in updating application status, but good after that.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-21

Date Received:
2022-05-06

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Adult renewal relatively fast – still waiting for child renewal, which seems to be stuck in “under consideration”.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-18

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Liverpool office. Went very smoothly. It took about ten days for my old passport to show as received after being signed for and tracked with Royal Mail. There was inconsistent information about the ten weeks waiting time, I counted ten weeks from the date of application however at a later stage it stated it was ten weeks after they received the old passport. However it didn’t matter as it only took three weeks in total.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-26

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Very pleasantly surprised by how quickly my renewal was processed, especially after hearing so many horror stories. I hope this means things are improving for everyone.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-19

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Very quick service.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-05-07

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Approved 4/5. Printed 5/5. Delivered 7/5.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-24

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
After reading the reports of passports taking over 10 weeks to arrive, I was nervous having only 10.5 weeks until my holiday.
The worst part was that even though I sent via Royal Mail, signed and recorded next day delivery, my parcel was never scanned so I didn’t know whether my passport had been lost. However, less than a week after posting, I received confirmation that my passport had been received.
The whole process was very quick after this point:

Passport printed 3:53am on 6 May 2022
Application approved 12:20pm on 5 May 2022
Documents received 2:45pm on 3 May 2022 (Posted on 27 April 2022)
Application received 3:20pm on 24 April 2022
Application submitted 3:20pm on 24 April 2022

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-19

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Liverpool office received in just under 3 weeks longest delay was waiting for old documents to be uploaded so it could be processed.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-09

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
My passport back – my 7yr olds still not – we are going to have to cancel our first holiday in 3 years.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-02-25

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Taken the full 10 weeks without any updates in between – due to fly out in two weeks and was worried I wasn’t going to receive passport in time even though I had given myself plenty of time. I had been offered a free upgrade to premium service had I got to exactly two weeks before flight and the 10 weeks had elapsed. They are clearly very busy and it’s pot luck with how long it will take so be careful if needed in emergency. Advice would be to pay the extra for faster service.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-05

Date Received:
2022-04-20

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
I was so impressed – no trouble at all.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Excellent experience- I guess we were lucky compared to others.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-25

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Application submitted 25th April
Documents received 3rd May
Application approved 5th May
Passport received 9th May
Very quick service, sent to the Corby office

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-21

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
I was worried as it everything was saying it would take up to 10 weeks. I submitted online and posted the old passport. Royal Mail showed it arriving the next day but I didn’t get a text from the passport office to say they had it until 10 days later. So I started to worry that it might be another 10 days on top of the 10 weeks. Then the following day I got a text saying – we have approved your passport application, 2 days after that an email saying your passport has been printed and a text saying make sure you sign your passport as soon as it is approved, and then an email today saying it will be delivered between x and y time. And it was! So 18 days from start to finish. Great job Passport Office!

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-12

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
My partner application is still being processed since the 17th March 2022 still not been up dated going on holiday in June this is for a list passport.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-26

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Swift updates and efficient service.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-25

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Renewal of child passport into an adult passport – old passport sent to Bootle. After all the scare stories in the media I was incredibly stressed about how long this would take, but was reassured by all the comments on this page which were correct, I had nothing to be worried out for a straightforward application. Application to delivery was 13 days (including one bank holiday). It could have been 10 days but took 2 days to post passport, and we were out when TNT attempted delivery yesterday (no notification of when delivery was coming was sent). Exact timings:-
1st failed delivery attempt on 8 May, & 2nd successful attempt on 9th May
Passport printed 1:43am on 6 May 2022
Application approved 9:53am on 5 May 2022
Documents received 2:03pm on 3 May 2022
Passport posted by 1st class next day tracked delivery on 27 April 2022
Application received 7:17pm on 25 April 2022
Application submitted 7:17pm on 25 April 2022

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-22

Date Received:
2022-05-06

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Great and easy service. Very fast.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-18

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Really straightforward. Hairy two weeks waiting to see if my documents had been received, but everything moved very quickly from there. Won’t be leaving it so last-minute next time mind.

1st Child Passport

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-05

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Application submitted 5/4/22
Documents signed for 6/4/22
Tracker states received 18/4/22
The time between date received and approved was the most stressful part.
Date approved 5/5/22
Date printed 6/5/22
Received in hand 9/5/22

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-04

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
We were getting very worried, but eventually we’re told that if the passport is still stuck 2 weeks before your departure you can pay an additional £73 to fast track it. Not cheap, but much cheaper than the alternative. In the end ours came in time thankfully.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-30

Date Received:
2022-05-03

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Took 14 days from documents arrived to being acknowledged. Otherwise as prediction of 5 weeks.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-07

Date Received:
2022-05-02

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Additional information requested 43 days after submission.

Child Renewal

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-06

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Passport printed 8:36am on 6 May 2022
Application approved 2:00pm on 4 May 2022
Application being processed 12:12pm on 4 May 2022
Documents received 7:11pm on 28 April 2022
Application received 10:42pm on 9 April 2022
Identity details received 10:42pm on 9 April 2022
Email sent to person confirming your identity 9:30pm on 9 April 2022
Ask someone to confirm your identity 11:56am on 6 April 2022
Application submitted 11:56am on 6 April 2022

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-12

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
I had to get someone to confirm my identity 3 times for some reason. Finally it moved on to approved status after the 3rd time, but I was worried I would be stuck in the loop forever.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-24

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Submitted to Liverpool. Excellent communication with texts at each stage of the process. Very impressed considering all the poor publicity recently.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-18

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Timeline below, submitted to Peterborough.
Delivered by TNT 9th May. No signature required was posted through letterbox.
Passport printed 1:08pm on 6 May 2022
Application approved 2:50pm on 5 May 2022
Documents received 3:07pm on 3 May 2022 (signed for on 20th April, used Royal Mail tracking)
Application received 11:49am on 19 April 2022
Identity details received 11:48am on 19 April 2022
Email sent to person confirming your identity 11:43am on 19 April 2022
Ask someone to confirm your identity 9:31am on 18 April 2022
Application submitted 9:31am on 18 April 2022

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-05-07

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Photo verification required and completed 24/4. Approved 3/5. Printed 4/5. Delivered 7/5.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-05-07

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Approved 3/5, printed 4/5, delivered 7/5.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-18

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Much quicker then expected and very straight forward went to Newport office

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-19

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Hemel Hampstead office received in just under 3 weeks I applied for 4 new passports in total and all 4 were back ranging from 2-3 weeks so very fast offices sent to were x2 bootle, Liverpool and Hemel Hempstead So doesn’t seem to be much delay in those 4 offices.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-19

Date Received:
2022-05-02

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Bootle office received in just under 2 weeks took 8 days for old passport to be received even though sent recorded this was the longest delay everything else was processed in a matter of days.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-25

Date Received:
2022-05-06

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Sent documents but were never received. I finally got through to the passport office, spoke to them on Tuesday, my passport was with me on the Friday. If it was not for the call and the the lady pushing my application through I’d still be waiting.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-03

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
just about received within 10 weeks, although I doubt that would have been the case without intervention from Liverpool upgrade team. Spent 10s of hours on the phone. Holiday in 2 weeks. Were one of the lucky ones.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
I applied for 3 child renewal passport on same day. Despite sending 2 of the old passports to the wrong address, 2 arrived in less than 2 weeks and 1 arrived in 16 days.

Amazing service!

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-05-06

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Used Snappy Snaps for the photograph to ensure it complied with requirements.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-22

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Excellent service continually informed so impressed to apply and receive a passport in just over 2 weeks. I really like that there is no need to go to a photo booth or photographer. Where else in the world can you get this type of service?

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-19

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
They did not acknowledge reciept of documents for 12 days, whch was the most stressful part. Thne there was no contact from the courier but the passport just arrived 3 days (including a weekend) after printing. I’m still waiting for my adult renewal, which was sent on the same day and printed 90 mins after my daughter’s.

Application history
StatusDate
Passport printed 2:55pm on 6 May 2022
Application approved 5:15pm on 5 May 2022
Documents received 9:58am on 4 May 2022
Application received 6:52pm on 19 April 2022
Application submitted 6:52pm on 19 April 2022

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-02

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
This included having to send my child’s birth certificate and a covering letter having spelt their middle name wrong!

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2 Replies to “Passport Experiences 10th May 2022”

  1. Marie-Michelle says: May 11, 2022 at 9:10 am

    Application submitted (child to adult renewal): 25 April 2022
    Application received: 25 April 2022
    Documents posted (old passport): 25 April 2022
    Documents confirmed as received: 28 April 2022
    Application approved: 03 May 2022
    Passport printed: 04 May 2022
    Passport Received: 05 May 2022
    The above was through Bootle office. 5* service – cannot fault the process.

  2. Krishna says: May 12, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    I submitted my passport application on the 15 March 2022, until today 12 May 2022 I still have not received my passport or heard anything from the passport office in Liverpool. don’t know what’s going on and why its taking so long.

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