June 19, 2022

Passport Experiences 19th 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:
2022-05-18

Date Received:
2022-06-17

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
This was a child to adult renewal with just previous Passport as documents required and went to Durham office.
Passport received 17 June 2022
Passport printed 7:22pm on 15 June 2022
Application approved 2:54pm on 14 June 2022
Documents received 3:12pm on 7 June 2022
Application received 3:29pm on 18 May 2022
Application submitted 3:29pm on 18 May 2022

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-31

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Only got it because we took a 4 hour trip to Liverpool with proof of flight within 48 hours. Otherwise we probably wouldn’t have got it for another couple of weeks.

Adult Renewal Passport

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-29

Date Received:
2022-06-15

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Started to worry as I’d made 5 applications and received them all except this one, was needed for ID purposes too for college. It was a renewal from child to adult. I’d rang numerous times and waited for call backs but just told I had to wait until 48hours before flight. I was that worried I booked some cheap flights so that I wasn’t leaving it right before our holiday but didn’t end up needing them anyway as finally changed to approved, then printed and received the next day.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-06-01

Date Received:
2022-06-17

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Applied for 2 adult renewals. Docs sent to Bootle and Peterborough but both processed exact same timeline
Application online 1st June
Old passport sent 3rd June
Documents received 9th June
Approved 15th June
Printed and despatched 16th June
Received 17th June
Really pleased with service and updated as it progressed

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-06-01

Date Received:
2022-06-17

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Amazing given publicity and some traveller experiences.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-05

Date Received:
2022-06-16

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
used post office to send in passport for renewal. Traveling on June 19th, rang up 7th June 2 weeks before travel and was told had to wait until to 6 week after submission (16th). Rang up again 14th june and was told it was 6 weeks from them opening which meant I couldn’t push for upgrade until 22nd, ask if there was anything i could do and was told there is literaly nothing you can do. Planned trip to Cornwall instead while at pun on 14th then received sms saying my passport had been printed, rang them instantly and got it confirmed that It is now with tnt. wife very happy, marriage intact

submitted 5th May
opened at hmpo 10th
printed 14th
received 16th

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-16

Date Received:
2022-06-08

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
We were on holiday and had already booked our next holiday, 5 weeks after we returned from our current holiday, only to notice that he that the 6 months needed on the passport would expire the day we landed from our current holiday. This is when the panic set in. Government website stated we should allow 10 weeks for the renewal passport to be processed. We applied immediately on the day we landed and sent off the old passport the same day. It took them 2 weeks to acknowledge receipt of passport. I did ring up after week one to chase but was informed that we needed to wait 2 weeks. After we received SMS to inform us they had received old passport, processing and printing was done within the same week. It took a further week for it to be delivered. I checked on this website on a daily basis to see Average Waiting Times which gave us some hope that we would received ours within the 5 weeks for when we needed it next. And your average wait times were spot on. Thank you.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-06-03

Date Received:
2022-06-17

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Checking in for a family break 3 weeks prior to departure, realised youngest daughters passport expired in 3 days – complete panic!
Tried to get fast track appointment, but none were available. Decided to go for standard application and hope for the best. 🤞
Applied online 3/6
Sent passport back 4/6
Passport received 7/6
Passport approved 13/6
Passport arrived 17/6

Very efficient and faultless service from start to finish, and one very relieved daughter!

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-28

Date Received:
2022-05-18

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Applied online, once the documents were received it took a week to get it.

Lost or Stolen Passport Application

Type of Application:
Lost/Stolen Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-28

Date Received:
2022-06-14

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
My passport took over 10 weeks. I didn’t contact them as i was told to wait until contacted so those who needed help/advice could get through easier. However I did call after my passport had been stuck in processing for 6 weeks. Turns out they were waiting for information (lost passport reference number) that they hadn’t contacted me for. My passport still took almost another 4 weeks to receive after I provided this information. However once it got approved, I received it 3 days later!

Type of Application:
Lost/Stolen Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-28

Date Received:
2022-06-17

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Easy to apply, yes there’s a wait but if you order in enough time you should be absolutely fine, really impressed with the service.

1st Child Passport

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-05-10

Date Received:
2022-06-17

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Our baby’s first passport arrived today. As with many, the worst part was seeing the issues experienced by many others but we were one of the fortunate ones. I did triple check every detail when we applied to avoid any push backs.
Application history
Passport printed 2:57pm on 16 June 2022
Application approved 1:51pm on 15 June 2022
Documents received 8:21am on 25 May 2022
Application received 7:54am on 11 May 2022
Identity details received 7:54am on 11 May 2022
Email sent to person confirming your identity 8:18pm on 10 May 2022
Ask someone to confirm your identity 7:53pm on 10 May 2022
Application submitted 7:53pm on 10 May 2022

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-28

Date Received:
2022-06-07

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Started to worry as application didn’t seem to move for quite some time but once changed to approved I had passport in two days.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-05-05

Date Received:
2022-06-17

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Although my application was submitted on 05/05 and I submitted the documents via special delivery on the next day, the documents were not received until 26/05 and my application was approved on 15/06. This made me feel slightly nervous as I was hoping to go abroad on 11/07. I received my child’s first passport on the 17/06 and I thank my Lord for it, Alhamdullilah.

Child Renewal

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-26

Date Received:
2022-06-24

Overall Experience:
Please Rate out of 5

Comments:
Applied online, sent the right documents/photo.

This straightforward renewal passport application was switched to a manual process for some reason and just sat between offices for weeks. I had a flight coming up so managed to upgrade my application, otherwise it might have been even longer. I wouldn’t have had to upgrade this application if the passport office didn’t request and hold on to foreign passports. I know have my kid’s British passport, waiting for the foreign passport to be returned.

I’d rate it a 1/5 for the process before upgrading. The upgrade team was 5/5 – once contacted, the passport was printed within 2 hours, and received the following day.

Passport printed on 16 June 2022
Application approved on 16 June 2022
Documents received on 6 May 2022
Application received on 28 April 2022
Identity details received on 28 April 2022
Email sent to person confirming your identity on 27 April 2022
Ask someone to confirm your identity on 26 April 2022
Application submitted on 26 April 2022

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-08

Date Received:
2022-06-16

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
We had to email the Passport office to tell them we were within 2 weeks of our flights.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-28

Date Received:
2022-06-17

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Actually very impressed given the horror I was facing however there is definitely a backlog of Jan-Feb applications that have taken months.. Am anxious time and am increased cost to myself for overlooking but thankfully no cancellation. Now to face the airport crisis.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-29

Date Received:
2022-05-11

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Made 5 applications in total, 2x adult renewals, 1 child to adult renewal, child renewal and child first passport. This was the quickest. Sent to Bootle.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-19

Date Received:
2022-06-07

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Liverpool Passport Office.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-29

Date Received:
2022-06-16

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
It took over a week for the to update the tracker with passports received but it move quite quickly after that. It was 4 days from approval to receipt.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-24

Date Received:
2022-06-17

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
There was a slight delay in submission of the old passport due to the person I asked to verify identity taking longer than expected but all good in the end. Slightly stressed about my daughter’s passport as it is in Durham. It was received on 30 May and signed for and they text me on 8 June to say they hadn’t received it but then on 10 June said they had received it! It still hasn’t been approved so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will hear something next week.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-16

Date Received:
2022-06-04

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
At Newport office.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-05-02

Date Received:
2022-06-17

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Took 3 weeks from being delivered to logged as received but otherwise pleased with the process.

Overseas Passport Application

Type of Application:
Adult Renewal (Overseas Application)

Submission Date:
2022-04-28

Date Received:
2022-06-04

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Overseas Child Renewal. When you live abroad, the uncertainty of not being able to plan travel or worse, plan a return to the UK to see family is terrible.

One Reply to “Passport Experiences 19th June 2022”

  1. Lisa P says: June 19, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    Adult passport.to replace lost children’s passport posted 29th March and acknowledged as received 1st April, cheque cashed 4th April. Unfortunately we don’t have a tracking number. Emailed 3 weeks ago ams received a response this week to say the application is still waiting to be checked. It has now been over 10 weeks since the application was received.

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