May 17, 2022

Passport Experiences 17th 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.

1st Adult Passport

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-10

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
I called the progress team at 8AM today, since we’re flying at 8.30PM tonight. The lady said that the upgrade request (which I made last Thursday) was logged by the upgrade team at 9.20PM on Friday night. She said that she would send another message to the upgrade team and emphasise the urgency, and ask that we could pick the passport up at Peterborough (the application was in Durham).

Amazingly, they called at about 12.30PM to say it was all sorted and we could pick up at 2PM. Hey presto, we have the passport! Also no additional charge for the upgrade. This was for a first UK adult passport after UK naturalisation.

So, don’t give up hope, it really is possible to get a last minute upgrade, but I guess you need to give them two full clear working days to log the upgrade and process it.

Passport printed 12:55pm on 16 May 2022
Application approved 12:26pm on 16 May 2022
Application being processed 11:14am on 16 May 2022
Documents received 9:16am on 25 April 2022
Application received 9:01pm on 10 April 2022
Identity details received 9:01pm on 10 April 2022
Email sent to person confirming your identity 4:04pm on 10 April 2022
Ask someone to confirm your identity 3:36pm on 10 April 2022
Application submitted 3:36pm on 10 April 2022

Adult Renewal Passport

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-02

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Passport printed 6:59pm on 12 May 2022
Application approved 3:10pm on 11 May 2022
Documents received 6:41pm on 21 April 2022
Application received 11:56am on 2 April 2022
Application submitted 11:56am on 2 April 2022

Royal mail signed for delivered 4th April

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-25

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
I was surprised at how quickly it was processed after all the hype on the news. The worst thing was the wait for the old passport to be registered as being received at the Durham office which took two whole weeks.
Passport printed 8:16am on 13 May 2022
Application approved 8:46pm on 11 May 2022
Documents received 4:22pm on 9 May 2022
Application received 9:58am on 25 April 2022
Application submitted 9:57am on 25 April 2022

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-03

Date Received:
2022-04-25

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Easy renewal for my passport.
2 days from documents received to approved.
5 days to printing.
5 days to delivery.
Although still awaiting two children’s passport renewals submitted at same time, currently 7 weeks.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-25

Date Received:
2022-04-15

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
The average wait time when I applied was 5 weeks- I was stunned to receive it back so quickly.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-19

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Slight delay in updating their system to show old passport received (over 14 days)

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-27

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Included a name change – posted documents same day as applied online however took passport office 12 days to show on timeline as received. TNT delivery 6pm. Peterborough office.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-03

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
I am a dual citizen, so i had to send in my other passport too.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-24

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
Please Rate out of 5

Comments:
Very quick, had to wait 2 weeks to acknowledge old document, received 1 week after that.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-21

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Biggest delay was acknowledgement that old passport had been received. Once passport office confirmed they had received old documents, new passport was approved, printed and delivered within 1 week.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
It took 2 weeks for my documents to be registered as received but from the point on everything happened quickly.

Passport printed 8:04pm on 12 May 2022
Application approved 3:17pm on 11 May 2022
Documents received 2:33pm on 9 May 2022
Application received 12:02am on 23 April 2022
Application submitted 12:02am on 23 April 2022

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-03

Date Received:
2022-05-14

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
This application was processed in Liverpool for my son’s renewal. Unfortunately we are still waiting for an update regarding my daughter’s which was submitted and sent her old passport at the same time.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-25

Date Received:
2022-05-09

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Good and quick service.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-01

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
No issues at all, though it’s annoying having to pay £10.99 to get a photo which is certain to be accepted.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-01

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
No issues at all, though it’s annoying having to pay £10.99 to get a photo which is certain to be accepted.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Easy to apply online, and clearly told which documents to send re change of name. Very happy with the experience, especially the great communication at each stage of the process via text and email.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-27

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
19 days turnaround from start to finish. It would’ve quicker if I hadn’t made a mistake by adding my middle name (I did not use it on my last passport so it was queries by phone).

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-01

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Passport dropped through the door 16 May! These times also include submitting the application on a Bank Holiday weekend, so very speedy.
Passport printed 3:30pm on 12 May 2022
Application approved 8:57am on 11 May 2022
Documents received 9:08am on 9 May 2022
Application received 11:33am on 1 May 2022
Application submitted 11:32am on 1 May 2022

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-21

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Took advice on forum, completed name and email on web chat, got through and managed to get my travel date entered onto my application, which expedited my application.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-03

Date Received:
2022-05-17

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Had a few errors with my application that no one tried to contact me about. Only until I called several times and pushed did I find out what the issue was and had it corrected.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-25

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
No problems. Kept up to date via email.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-25

Date Received:
2022-05-14

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Liverpool Office
This was an adult renewal with name change.
Pretty much the same as most of the other comments, media hype made it more stressful.
A 2 week wait to acknowledge receipt of documents, this was the worst part , worrying that they had got lost even though they had been delivered and signed for 26/04/22.
After that the process was updated daily.
Less than 3 weeks in total.

Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-18

Date Received:
2022-05-17

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Took 2 months, would have been longer if hadn’t used upgrade service as had flights booked. Passport received 24 hours before flight.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-27

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
A very quick and easy process, and included a name change.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-14

Date Received:
2022-05-13

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Very stressful process. This was for a lost expired adult passport.

Delivered – 13th May
Application approved – 10th May
Application being processed – 22nd March
Application submitted – 14th March

I called a million times, contacted MP who tried to contact passport office on my behalf, emailed with no response. TNT were supposed to deliver on the 9th, sat in all day for them to change the delivery date at 19:45 to the next day. So glad I don’t have to do it again for another 10 years.

1st Child Passport

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-04

Date Received:
2022-05-10

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
With all the hype in the media I was very worried about getting my sons passport in time for our holiday. Going from this website and the government estimated time I figured 5-6 weeks would be about when I would receive it and it was spot on timing wise. Applied online and used the photoAid app to make sure the photo would be accepted and not delay the process. Overall just thankful it came in time, thank you HMPO.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-14

Date Received:
2022-05-14

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Applied for 2 first child passports and it was an awful experience.
Documents sent and received at Bootle 21st March however, did not show until 12th April. Application then went into processing 14th April and nothing after that. I was told that they had been linked to my adult renewal application and this way they would all be done at the same time, well that didn’t happen and no one could tell me why although that’s what I kept getting told for 8 weeks.

Went to the Liverpool office 13th May to stand there for 10 and a half hours and they shut the doors with 4 people in front of me. So I decided I would make the trip to Durham (where the applications where) the next day. Up at half 2 and left at 3. Got there for 6 and was second in the line. Staff were amazing, took details and said they would call, 2 hours later I was told they were getting approved and I could collect at 1pm that day.

I had convinced myself our holiday was ruined however, the rush is on now to be ready to hop on the plane.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-12

Date Received:
2022-05-13

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Had to email, call, and contact my MP to get any update. Sat at “processing” for over a month for no reason. My application was sent from Liverpool to Wales with no explanation.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-02

Date Received:
2022-05-04

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Website crashed on first submission- had to wait to find out whether they had money or not, service on phone appalling.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-01

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
It was very stressful but giving 5 stars because it was my fault for leaving it too long to apply, I fly out on the 18th.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-08

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
More regular updates would make the experience less stressful. Tried to upgrade to fast track due to the hype and stress of not receiving passport in time but after being on hold for hours every day after submitting our flight info, we never received a phone call within the 48 hours as stated. Eventually the passport was approved through the standard route.

Overseas Passport Application

Type of Application:
Adult Renewal (Overseas Application)

Submission Date:
2022-04-10

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Stressful at first because the tracker wasn’t updated to show my docs had been received until 3 weeks after the courier delivered them. But after that, took 3 days for the passport to be approved and printed and received back in Australia after 9 further days.

Type of Application:
Adult Renewal (Overseas Application)

Submission Date:
2022-04-04

Date Received:
2022-05-11

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Although it took 3 weeks from my old passport being delivered to updating my application (a bit stressful!) from then on it was very quick – 7 days from documents received to my passport being delivered to Ireland.

Child Renewal

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-16

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
I had made a mistake on the application but was verified without any need to send supporting documentation.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-22

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Was a bit nervous after seeing in the news about passport delays. So glad our passport arrived in 3 weeks and few weeks before we are due to travel.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-09

Date Received:
2022-05-17

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Very stressful as it will take another couple of weeks to get no visa required stamp after receiving the passport.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-02

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Very easy except I did two at same time and have heard nothing about the other one.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-20

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
26 days from application to receipt. Very concerned as only read the advice about 10 week processing after submitting (we travel May 26th) but have emailed the passport office to say thanks. The only thing that seemed to take any time was confirmation of receipt of the old documents, this took two full weeks which means everything else took just 6 days! I used the gov.uk website with the option to take your own photo and we didn’t have any issues. Really, really relieved.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Passport renewal sent to Peterborough. Took several weeks longer to complete than other renewal which went to Bootle. Worst bit was waiting for receipt of old passport to update online. Once this happened (took just over 2 weeks) things moved to each stage after a couple of days delay.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Online application and digital photo taken on smartphone.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-02-22

Date Received:
2022-04-04

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Sons first adult passport after child one expired took 5 weeks to process after being told Allow 10 then from text saying it was being despatched 2 days later old passport returned then 5 days after new passport arrived so from day of posting to day of receiving new one 6 weeks in total.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-20

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Took about 2 weeks for them to mark as received but very quick after that.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-04

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Application was approved after 7 days and posted through door 5 days later (after weekend). This was with old passport being sent to Bootle, I have another passport that has gone to Corby on the same day and that is still waiting to be marked as received.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-22

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Took 2 weeks for the tracking to show documents received after arrival at the passport office (delivered with signed for delivery) but once registered process was complete and passport delivered within a week.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-27

Date Received:
2022-05-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Did the renewal online . So much quicker & simpler than the written form.

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One Reply to “Passport Experiences 17th May 2022”

  1. Jamie says: May 18, 2022 at 5:33 am

    I’m currently waiting for my child’s passports to be processed after the have received the old passport 2 weeks ago. I’ve had no update but something tells me Peterborough is well behind and this is making things very stressful!

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