April 22, 2022

Passport Experiences 22nd April 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.

Adult Renewal Passport

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-12

Date Received:
2022-04-18

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
My original picture got rejected so I sent in a new one within the hour and my passport was approved an hour and half after. Couldn’t fault the service and the time scale.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-05

Date Received:
2022-04-21

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Passport received 11:00am on 21 April 2022
Passport printed 9:25pm on 19 April 2022
Application approved 10:09am on 14 April 2022
Documents received 1:34pm on 12 April 2022
Posted old passport 4:00pm on 5 April 2022
Application received 1:58pm on 5 April 2022
Application submitted 1:57pm on 5 April 2022
Just 16 days from application to receipt, despite straddling Easter weekend.
I allowed 10 weeks before travel date. Ensure you write your PEX number clearly and in bold on the envelope when posting documents. This will enable it to be scanned without intervention at HMPO.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-29

Date Received:
2022-04-21

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
The receiving of the old passport does not update for a while, so my advice is to stay calm about that. Once they say they have received it moves quite fast.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-18

Date Received:
2022-04-20

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
It was sent on 19th March. Delivered on 22nd but took till 1st April to confirm arrived.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-03

Date Received:
2022-04-21

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Can’t complain!

Old passport delivered to the passport office – 05/04
Application approved – 11/04
Printed – 16/04
Received – 21/04
(16 days from their receipt of my old passport)

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-02-14

Date Received:
2022-04-14

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
My application sat in processing for over 5 weeks, it wasn’t until I made many calls I found out my documents had been sent to Liverpool but my application was being done in Glasgow. Lots of stressed calls later it was eventually approved but without me calling and practically begging for help as we were flying that week I’m not confident it would have been done in time. I wish they would just change the website to say 10 week turn around and not 5.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-02

Date Received:
2022-04-21

Overall Experience:
Please Rate out of 5

Comments:
Passport printed 12:22pm on 21 April 2022
Application approved 9:48am on 21 April 2022
Application being processed 3:50pm on 11 April 2022
Documents received 12:13pm on 14 March 2022
Application received 1:18pm on 2 March 2022
Application submitted 1:18pm on 2 March 2022

Very stressful but everyone on the helpline was polite and patient. Ended up upgrading to Fast Track with under 48 hours until flight, but just over 24 hours later my passport was approved, printed and collected from the London Passport Office.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-29

Date Received:
2022-04-21

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
I think if I posted my passport off earlier and the bank holidays hadn’t gotten in the way, I’d likely have received my passport sooner.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-01

Date Received:
2022-04-21

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Very straightforward. I was impressed to get my passport in 21 days, even with the long Easter weekend in the middle. It took 11 days for documents to be acknowledged, but after that it all progressed quickly (Corby office).

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-02

Date Received:
2022-04-21

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
I was very anxious throughout the process because I took the risk and booked a holiday for 9 weeks time knowing I needed to renew 2 adult passports and apply for a first childs passport however it was a very quick process. The waiting time listed on the Gov website was 5 weeks when I first applied but due to several news articles being posted urging people to renew before the summer holidays it then went up to 10 weeks on the gov website which panicked me. But overall the process was actually very quick and efficient.

I applied online and provided a digital photo which I took myself. Mine also required a name change as I got married.

Timeline:
Application submitted: 02/04/2022.
I posted documents 1st class on 2nd.
Documents received: 11/04/2022
Application approved: 13/04/2022
Printed: 18/04/2022
Delivered: 21/04/2022 – text from TNT received that morning advising delivery due today.

I got a text today advising that my husbands passport has been printed but I will post the full timeline of that one separately along with my daughters first child application which is currently at the ‘documents received’ stage.

So in total my passport took 19 days, I posted all required documents (old passport and marriage certificate) the same day I applied.

I am very pleased to have it and the stress lifted a little – won’t relax until all 3 are here – but I can only praise the passport offices as, for me, it has been a good efficient service that has kept me updated each step of the way.

Even though mine was processed quickly I was still glued to these updates and forums so I hope my timeline provides hope to anyone in a similar position!

1st Child Passport

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-18

Date Received:
2022-04-21

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Processed by Peterborough office.
When I submitted the application the website was saying an average 5 week turnaround – passport arrived after 4weeks and 6days so I can’t complain. Received TNT tracking text this morning and the passport was delivered by lunchtime. Huge relief with a holiday just over two weeks away!
Passport received via TNT 21 April 2022
Passport printed 2:04pm on 18 April 2022
Application approved 9:48am on 13 April 2022
Documents received 3:09pm on 31 March 2022
Birth certificate signed for via Royal Mail tracking 21 March 2022
Application received 11:12am on 18 March 2022
Identity details received 11:12am on 18 March 2022
Email sent to person confirming your identity 10:08am on 18 March 2022
Ask someone to confirm your identity 10:03am on 18 March 2022
Application submitted 10:03am on 18 March 2022

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-26

Date Received:
2022-04-20

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
It was very stressful situation, it too more than 3 weeks from the date a sent my documents to the day received.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-02-22

Date Received:
2022-04-22

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Just stress all the way. Passport ready 2 days before departure, having to pay for fast track. They were supposed to contact us in 2 days after the request, but nothing for 2 weeks. Tried to talk to the line, but they have no idea what goes on in the office actually dealing with the request. No communication whatsoever. We cancelled bookings that were still able to be cancelled. We were about to start the process of delaying every booking, but they finally phoned and the passport is ready.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-08

Date Received:
2022-04-21

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
took 2 weeks to show documents received then 12 days to be approved 11 th April delivered today 21 April.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-11

Date Received:
2022-04-19

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
It was Peterborough office. I did ring the helpline to check progress and discuss options as thought I may struggle to get it on time for my holiday. The same day I spoke to the progress team my application was approved!

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-15

Date Received:
2022-04-20

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
If you are working to any sort of timescale to travel book the one week service. The tracking system is terrible and very difficult to speak to anyone online or by phone, when you do they won’t give you any further information.

Child Renewal Passport

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-12

Date Received:
2022-04-18

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Absolutely no problems at all arrived within the time scale. I couldn’t fault the service.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-03

Date Received:
2022-04-07

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Applied 3rd March. Received 2 messages re old passport received on 13 & 25th March which was anxiety provoking, printed on 4th April, arrived 7th April (flew on 13th!)

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-30

Date Received:
2022-04-21

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Took just over 3 weeks so am very happy. I’m one of life’s worriers so still found it stressful when it took 8 days to acknowledge receipt of old passport (although I knew it had been signed for and the site does state there may be a delay before it shows receipt) and then a little more stress when it was shown as printed on 16th but no contact from TNT until this morning (21st) and arrived at lunchtime through the letterbox.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-02-25

Date Received:
2022-05-08

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
No help was given and no communication from passport office. Really useless once the application has been made.

Overseas Application

Type of Application:
Adult Renewal (Overseas Application)

Submission Date:
2022-03-13

Date Received:
2022-04-21

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Submitted application on 13th March
Posted Old Passport on 15th March
Tracking showed Old Passport delivered on 16th March
Passport Office did not acknowledge receipt of old passport until 5th of April
Passport approved 7th April
Passport posted on 13th April
Received from courier 21st April

Adult Renewal (Overseas Application)

Submission Date:
2022-03-14

Date Received:
2022-04-21

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
There used to be overseas passport offices in Singapore (where I am based), HK and Australia. This time round, I have had to submit online and mail the old passport to Durham.

The actual form filling and photo submitting was simple and stress free, but the waiting was a little bit stressful. The main problem is, there is no update on whether they have received the old passport. I had mailed it using registered mail, even though the post office had indicated the passport was delivered, it took a long while before the HMPO tracking was updated. It also doesn’t help that HMPO texted me a reminder to mail in the old passport, even though it had been delivered.

Other than that, everything went smoothly. I especially liked the update emails they send out, specifically mentioning “Please don’t contact us about progress”.

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