June 16, 2022

Passport Experiences 16th June 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.

1st Adult Passport

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-08

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Had to pay £103 for upgrade to ensure I received it in time, one of the most stressful experiences I’ve had in a long time, very poor service with little to know update on progress for over 9 weeks.

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Submission Date:
2022-05-04

Date Received:
2022-05-19

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
StatusDate
Passport printed 11:39am on 19 May 2022
Application approved 9:59am on 19 May 2022
Documents received 3:30pm on 17 May 2022
Application received 11:14am on 4 May 2022
Application submitted 11:14am on 4 May 2022

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-10

Date Received:
2022-06-14

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Stressful but finally done. 5 days between approval and delivery so this is a consolation.

Adult Renewal Passport

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-21

Date Received:
2022-04-12

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Been waiting 11 weeks, with no updates on the system

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-30

Date Received:
2022-06-14

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Online check and send Post Office

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-13

Date Received:
2022-06-14

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Straightforward adult renewal. It has been a nightmare. I have only got my passport now as I drove to Durham and queued outside the passport office. Have had to pay £102 ‘upgrade fee’ as my application had been submitted less than 10 weeks ago. This seems very unfair when others appear to be receiving their documents back in 2-3 weeks with no extra fee being paid.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-11

Date Received:
2022-06-08

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Took 14 days for them to acknowledge that my documents had been received, then my application was approved within a week.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-18

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Longest wait was for them to receive my old passport. I’d heard the stories about people waiting months for their passports back so I was a little worried but I’m very pleased with the progress.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-06-01

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Blown away by how quick it was. Just two weeks. Can get a summer break booked now.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-20

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Thanks so much to this Forum for making me feel more relaxed about renewal of my Passport, I was on here daily checking on lead times. I only had an 8 week window before my trip due to being caught out on the “no passport older than 10 years to enter EU countries”, even though my passport didn’t expire till March next year.

Make sure you do signed delivery for your old passport, as it’s a seemingly long time before they acknowledged receipt or it. If possible do an application online, upload your photo and it is deemed suitable then and there. Use your PEX number minus the PEX number to track your delivery of your new passport if it’s with TNT. Don’t worry if you’re not at home to receive it as you do not need to sign for it.

Big shout out to Newport passport office where my husbands was processed, he got his back within 18 days!! – and that was even over the Long Jubilee weekend.

Processed at Durham
Passport delivered 12:50pm on 15 June 2022
Passport printed 12:38pm on 14 June 2022
Application approved 8:43am on 13 June 2022
Documents received 12:12pm on 6 June 2022
Application received 4:03pm on 20 May 2022
Application submitted 4:02pm on 20 May 2022

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-25

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
3 weeks! Was expecting it to be far longer.

Lost or Stolen Passport Application

Type of Application:
Lost/Stolen Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-25

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Ridiculous wait, with little to no communication from HMPO. After the 11 weeks, I was told I would not be upgraded as my travel was not within the two-week window. I booked a cheap flight for £6 within a week and received my passport 3 days later.

Type of Application:
Lost/Stolen Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-20

Date Received:
2022-06-13

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
I only got it approved after complaining to my MP

1st Child Passport

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-31

Date Received:
2022-05-19

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Documents marked as received just under 2 weeks after application applied (posted day after applied and received 3 days after posting). No movement for 5 weeks nearly, then moved to approved and was through my door 2 days later. Stressful as I had booked a holiday (I know I shouldn’t have) but was here with nearly 2 weeks to spare before holiday.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-05-04

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
The process took 6 weeks exactly start to finish. This includes us having to send additional documentation via post as they came back to say the fathers details didn’t match their records which was strange. Of course the media make everything worse and caused unnecessary panic!

Application history

StatusDate
Passport printed 5:54pm on 13 June 2022
Application approved 7:31am on 10 June 2022
Documents received 10:43am on 17 May 2022
Application received 5:37pm on 4 May 2022
Identity details received 5:33pm on 4 May 2022
Email sent to person confirming your identity 2:25pm on 4 May 2022
Ask someone to confirm your identity 2:11pm on 4 May 2022
Application submitted 2:11pm on 4 May 2022

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
So relieved to receive it with 2 days until travel but the whole experience was stressful. We never heard from the upgrade team so thankfully it was approved anyway. We were told different things by every person we spoke to, whether it was over the phone or the web chat. We also had to confirm identity twice. Just glad it’s over!

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-06

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
10 weeks it took to arrive.

Adult first uk passport done at the same time. Still not heard anything back.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-05-19

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Took 3 weeks and 3 days from digital check and send at the post office, approved on the 12/06 and received today 15/06.
I was so concerned will all I read that I honestly never got my hopes up for it arriving within the 10 weeks. I was however very anxious and did make my pending holiday seem impossible. Great work though so credit where credits due. Was kept up to date with application via online and TNT delivery was the day after printing. Good luck to everyone who’s waiting, hopefully this gives some hope!

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-05-26

Date Received:
2022-06-14

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Did the application through postoffice Check & send service.
Only negative behind this service is you cannot track your application.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-05-26

Date Received:
2022-05-31

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
I did my child passport through Postoffice Check and Send postal service
The only negative behind the postoffice service is you wont get updates.
I did give my contact details and they never texted me that they received it, i had to call and speak to someone regarding the day my application was processed and from then on i call the automated line to get updates on the status. (Application number given by postoffice)
Below is a timeline of the process.
Sent application 26th May
Received 31st May
Application processed on 1st June
Application Approved 10th June
Passport received 14th June

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-05-08

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
Please Rate out of 5

Comments:
Excellent updates from the passport office at every stage, first class service.

Child Renewal

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-14

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Was worried with all the waiting times advertised and had some good/bad experiences over the advice line one staff member was rude in explaining how to apply for fast track after one application had gone through. Online help service and 72 hour reply are a no go unfortunately. But thanks to GOD we have received the passport 9 days before we go on holiday. DHL delivery came through 3 days after it had been printing.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-05

Date Received:
2022-07-31

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Haven’t received – weekly e-mail asking for documents (you confirmed you received in May) – now you’re cancelling application due to document error with no refund and no access to a real person to tell you YOU MADE A MISTAKE! Son missing school trip and family hols due to passport office incompetence.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-30

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Application sent 30/05
Documents received 06/06
Application approved 10/06
Passports printed 14/06
Passports received 15/06

But mine (adult renewal) is pending so I believe depends which passport office and what type of passport.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-12

Date Received:
2022-06-04

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Very poor experience overall, but most of the call centre staff seemed competent and attentive, but working in a chaotic environment.

1 Week Fast Track Application

Type of Application:
1 Week Fast Track Service

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Paid to upgrade, still nothing. Had to go to office to get it printed 3 days before my flight, after a lot of phone calls and teams and arguing.

Overseas Passport Application

Type of Application:
Adult Renewal (Overseas Application)

Submission Date:
2022-05-05

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Overseas adult renewal 5.5 weeks very good service.

Type of Application:
Adult Renewal (Overseas Application)

Submission Date:
2022-05-05

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
overseas Adult Renewal completed on line, time line 5.5 weeks (40 days) yes i was stressful from the news in the media but a big shout out to passportwaitingtime.co.uk for having this forum open and also to all those that contribute, Digital is by far the best option where possible, i understand some need to send other docs etc, i also know that folks who applied in March & April appear to be suffering extra delays, keep trying to advance your application and keep the faith.

Good luck to all!

One Reply to “Passport Experiences 16th June 2022”

  1. Peter says: June 16, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    First baby passport Documents received 9:26am on 5 April 2022
    Application received 6:04pm on 21 March 2022
    Identity details received 6:04pm on 21 March 2022
    Email sent to person confirming your identity 4:59pm on 21 March 2022
    Email sent to person confirming your identity 4:15pm on 19 March 2022
    Ask someone to confirm your identity 3:59pm on 19 March 2022
    Application submitted 3:59pm on 19 March 2022. And i still don’t have what a …..

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