May 13, 2022

Passport Experiences 13th 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:
2022-04-21

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Passport printed 10:08am on 10 May 2022
Application approved 2:13pm on 9 May 2022
Documents received 3:44pm on 5 May 2022
Application received 4:30pm on 21 April 2022
Application submitted 4:29pm on 21 April 2022

The gap between me posting it and them making it as received definitely gave me some unneeded stress, wish they’ll scan them all in the moment they arrive and process later instead of only scan once they can process it.

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-31

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Check and send so no updates after received until text to say being delivered today.

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Submission Date:
2022-02-22

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Lack of communication, nearly 12 weeks waiting, missed family holiday.

Adult Renewal Passport

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-02

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Received from the courier the day after printing and within two weeks from beginning to end, fantastic service; and the polar opposite of what has been reported in the press.

Passport printed 12:15pm on 11 May 2022
Application approved 6:35am on 10 May 2022
Documents received 9:07am on 9 May 2022
Application received 9:51am on 2 May 2022
Application submitted 9:51am on 2 May 2022

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-25

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Stressful wait for passport to be recorded as delivered from Uk to Belfast passport office but once received daily updates till delivered.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-23

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
It has been horrendous. I received it an hour before we were due to leave for the airport. NEVER EVER AGAIN !!!!!!

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-20

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Excellent service no problems at all kept informed of progress at every stage.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-19

Date Received:
2022-05-10

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
This was a little stressful due to the page not updating to confirm receipt of papers until 12 days after I know they were delivered. In truth it didn’t take very long (3 weeks) and if I hadn’t been able to track it I would have been less stressed.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-21

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Only stressful due to all the news of passport delays. Online service very simple.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-19

Date Received:
2022-05-10

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Very smooth process.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-02

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Lost passport in transit to HMPO

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-29

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Submitted Friday before bank holiday online application for two adult renewals, received separately on 11 & 12 May.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-02-08

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Missed my holiday!!

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Kept updated by text along the way. A LOT quicker than I thought it’d be 🙂

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-14

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Really regretted not doing on line due to limited communication updates. Email enquiries did come back eventually but waiting for reply was painful. Never putting myself through this again. Hope everyone gets sorted soon.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-25

Date Received:
2022-05-03

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Received mine very quickly compared to my three grand children still waiting on there’s with little progress.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Online application with photo taken on smartphone camera.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-21

Date Received:
2022-05-21

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Disgusting wait

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-23

Date Received:
2022-06-30

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
The issue time seems to be falling, but I m one of the group who applied in March who appear to be forgotten.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-22

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Adult online renewal Durham. Took 2 weeks to acknowledge old passport received. New passport arrived 6 days later. Excellent service.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-03

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Could not believe how quickly my renewal passport took, especially after all the bad press recently.

1st Child Passport

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-23

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Liverpool office. Documents received 25/4/22

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-05

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Travel on 7th June so was constantly worried especially with the lack of updates. However once approved was very quick.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-14

Date Received:
2022-05-15

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Extremely poor and irresponsible staff. Cannot get on phone no response to messages. Human factor to blame for but blaming on Covid, Brexit and Ukraine to hide their failure.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-22

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
I find it stressful having conflicting information and others having passports back within 2 weeks whilst others waiting more than the 10 weeks!

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-04

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Was thinking it could take longer as we fly in 2 weeks. It looks like the extra 500 staff they’ve employed has had an effect.

Passport printed 2:04pm on 10 May 2022
Application approved 5:06pm on 9 May 2022
Documents received 1:11pm on 19 April 2022
Application received 9:37am on 5 April 2022
Identity details received 9:37am on 5 April 2022
Email sent to person confirming your identity 6:49pm on 4 April 2022
Ask someone to confirm your identity 6:43pm on 4 April 2022
Application submitted 6:43pm on 4 April 2022

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-07

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Only person that was helpful was from the progress team. Great service from them but absolutely no point in the helpline.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-31

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
It took a week to be able to confirm identity as the site kept crashing. The documents sent on the 4th April next day delivery were not recorded as received for 3 weeks. The approval, printing and delivery all happened within 4 days of each other.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-08

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
It would be better if there was more information about the passport process before doing the application.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-08

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
I was worried given all the media hype but it arrived within 6 weeks.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-05

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
When applied the average waiting was 5 weeks even that the advice was wait up to 10 weeks and 5 weeks exactly I get an email saying that the application was approved, the day after was printed and the next day at 7h30 am was being delivered. Great Service

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-10

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
What a stress very disappointed in the service.
Will never do paper application again.
I had to ring up every time that I wanted to see the progress and well I was on the phone for 3 hours one day and phone 200 times another day.

Child Renewal

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-28

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Bootle office, digital application.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-09

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
I was slightly anxious after seeing the waiting times others were experiencing but can honestly say it was an excellent service. for me.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-29

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
10 weeks turned out to be 2!

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-18

Date Received:
2022-05-19

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Really really frustrating service service, apply in plenty of time for rearranged holiday to be worrying sick whether I will get it or not when people have applied and received in 2 weeks after me.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-08

Date Received:
2022-05-11

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Message send my son renewal passport ready in reality it’s not and it’s been more than ten weeks already.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-06

Date Received:
2022-05-11

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Carried out an online application to be told 10 week waiting time. Booked a fast track service at Durham passport office. System took my money again only to attend the appointment to be told i could not use the service as my online application stands and it would mean i am applying for two passports per child. After saying this is ‘click of a button’ exercise to undo the online application i was told that was the case a few weeks prior and now the officer could not help. She did say keep hold of the passports and email Durham Upgrade department and pay even m ore money. After not getting through to anyone, having not one person return the call back option and hours wasted on the phone trying to find a solution having been told to keep hold of the passports. I was then told to send the off to the set offices. One child renewal went to Ireland and the other to Corby. Ireland were quick and effective, received and printed within 10 days and still currently waiting for Corby to sign for my sons renewal as still saying in transit with royal mail. I have contacted royal mail to be told the passport office have their own scanning system as they have bags of post…fills me with great hope! Its. not looking promising and I can say with my hand on my heart that the staff i have spoke with all contradict each other and say the systems have changed when this has been highlighted. Stressful beyond stressful for something so straight forward.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-30

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
We used Timpson photo service to get the passport photo electronically (cost £16) and sent our passport tracked. Our family friend verified the details on the same day as submission.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Applied online, straight forward process and turn around time quicker than expected.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-08

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Very happy to have the passport. Just hoping supporting documents will be returned soon too.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-27

Date Received:
2022-04-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Online application very good.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-02-15

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
No updates since 11th March then approved on 10th May!

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-10

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Slight delay between them receiving my sons birth certificate and logging it as received. Then again slight delay in approving. If I had not seen all the panic in the news about delays I wouldn’t have worried at all as overall only took a month.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Sent via the post office. Took 2 weeks to say documents received but then was very quick from that point.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-06

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Bootle Office in Liverpool.

Check and double check you application before submitting because calling them for updates is really a waste of time. Otherwise excellent service – thank you!

Passport received at home 10:55am on 12 May 2022
Passport printed 12:16pm on 11 May 2022
Application approved 7:52am on 10 May 2022
Identity details received 5:04pm on 9 May 2022
Email sent to person confirming your identity 4:48pm on 9 May 2022
Ask someone to confirm your identity 8:56am on 9 May 2022
Documents received 12:34pm on 20 April 2022
Application received 8:39pm on 7 April 2022
Identity details received 8:39pm on 7 April 2022
Email sent to person confirming your identity 12:56pm on 6 April 2022
Ask someone to confirm your identity 10:39am on 6 April 2022
Application submitted 10:39am on 6 April 2022

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-22

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Application didn’t move for 2 weeks and just said “waiting for old passport” then from old passport being received we’ve had a notification nearly every working day from approved to printed to despatched.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-29

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
This child renewal was sent to the LIVERPOOL office by Special Delivery over the bank holiday weekend. Physically received Tuesday 3rd, opened and logged by them on Thursday 5th.
Received ahead of any notifications by TNT about tracking. I highly recommend using Special delivery for peace of mind. (We took our own digital photo on an iphone in a bright daylight room with a white sheet as background hung on the back of a door)
Passport received 9:50am Thursday 12th May 2022
Application history
StatusDate
Passport printed 6:24pm on 10 May 2022
Application approved 12:21pm on 9 May 2022
Documents received 3:31pm on 5 May 2022
Application received 8:57pm on 29 April 2022
Application submitted 8:56pm on 29 April 2022

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-15

Date Received:
2022-05-10

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Only stressful due to all the news of passport delays. We waited a week for the photo to be verified before we could post off the old passport so that added a week to the waiting time.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-02-20

Date Received:
2022-05-10

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Very stressful time but got my sons renewal passport ready in time for our holiday. Over 11weeks wait.

Had to ring many of times. Was given info, so I can email Liverpool upgrade team with proof of flight 2 weeks before and they rang me 6 days before to collect it at Peterborough. Queued for about an hour. Which I didn’t care I just wanted his passport in my hand. Such a relief. Good luck for anyone suffering the sleepless nights and stress that we have.

Overseas Applications

Type of Application:
Adult Renewal (Overseas Application)

Submission Date:
2022-02-28

Date Received:
2022-05-12

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Actually this time (10.5 weeks) is for a child passport renewal from overseas. But I’ve classed as Adult renewal overseas.

1 Week Fast Track

Type of Application:
1 Week Fast Track Service

Submission Date:
2022-05-07

Date Received:
2022-05-11

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
It took me a long time to get an appointment by checking for 1 week day and night, and had to travel 3 hours to passport office had a 4 minute appointment and 3 hours home again, but passport office delivered earlier than 7 days.

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One Reply to “Passport Experiences 13th May 2022”

  1. thankgoodness says: May 14, 2022 at 6:21 am

    Hi everyone, I just thought I’d post my experience after following this forum for the past week. My partners passport has been stuck in the system for a simple renewal for 8 weeks. We are due to fly Tuesday 17th AM. I applied for fast track last Friday and had nothing back other than an automated email saying they have noted the date of travel and will be in touch. I called the processing team nearly everyday but never got any answers or a call from the upgrade team.
    After seeing some people have success by visiting the passport office I told my partner to show his face and ask some questions in person at the Durham office with no appointment (this is where his old passport was)
    Well yesterday he went and they put his passport to print with in minutes of meeting him! He waited one hour and returning with a passport!! No payment was needed either. It’s DEFINITELY worth going to your local passport office in person. Good luck everyone x

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