April 27, 2022

Passport Experiences 27th 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.

1st Adult Passport

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Submission Date:
2022-01-03

Date Received:
2022-02-01

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Great service! thank you!

Adult Renewal Passport

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-11

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Did not get an email saying the passport was on the way but system tracking application worked otherwise.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-24

Date Received:
2022-04-14

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Liverpool office

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-13

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
Please Rate out of 5

Comments:
Was stressed out initially reading about the extended waits for new passports but actually my process was very quick.

Application submitted 13th April 2022
Application received 13th April 2022
Documents sent 14th April 2022
Documents received 19th April 2022
Note this was the bank holiday weekend
Application approved 22nd April 2022
Passport printed 24th April 2022
Passport received 26th April 2022

As you can see very efficient service and updated by email/text all along the way.

Bootle office, Liverpool. Initial application through the website.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-08

Date Received:
2022-04-25

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Done online – Timpsons passport digital photo service excellent

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-11

Date Received:
2022-04-25

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Applied for ‘Jumbo’ passport

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-29

Date Received:
2022-04-20

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Excellent service. Love the texx updates.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-07

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
It was a stressful process as wed booked a holiday before renewing the passport. I’m not too sure if the website updates efficiently enough and I wasn’t able to get through via telephone due to high phone call volumes no matter what time I called but i did receive it pretty quickly. Now just waiting on my daughters first passport that was submitted at the same time but only updated to documents received a few days ago despite everything being done at the same time.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-03

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Passport received 26 April 2022
Passport printed 11:59am on 25 April 2022
Application approved 5:00pm on 21 April 2022
Documents received 10:58am on 19 April 2022
Application received 1:41pm on 3 April 2022
Application submitted 1:41pm on 3 April 2022

Worst part was waiting for them to acknowledge the documents had been received, especially has Royal Mail had failed to scan them in when delivered. Once documents marked as received, it felt like it was progressing quickly every other day or so.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-28

Date Received:
2022-04-22

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Each stage seemed to take a week to complete. I sent my old passport back the next day recorded delivery as not to hold anything up. I didn’t get confirmation about it being posted. It just appeared a week later

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-07

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Delivered by DHL and not TNT

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-06

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Took 10 days for passport office to acknowledge receipt of old passport, which was sent via ‘signed for’ postage. Apart from that, all went smoothly

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-08

Date Received:
2022-04-02

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
If not for the diligence of TNT I would have missed my trip overseas.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-27

Date Received:
2022-04-25

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
I posted all three of our old passports in normal post each with a standard 2nd class stamp, then fretted for 2 weeks that each envelope may have been too thick for standard postage. I was grateful then to get the notifications 2 weeks later that all three passports had arrived at the passport office!

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-18

Date Received:
2022-04-14

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Longest period was waiting for them to receive my passport but after that it went fairly smoothly. Only 5 days between approval and printing and I received it the day after printing too. Use your PEX number for TNT tracking too.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-12

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Submitted on 12/4/22.
Posted old passport the same day using next day signed for service. Royal mail tracking showed old passport arrived at Hemel Hempstead passport office on the 13/4/22.
There was then a gap of one week before my Passport application status changed to “Documents received” on 20/4/22
During this time I had a couple of emails reminding me to send my old passport which I ignored because I had already sent it.
Things moved fast after that:
Received text on 22/4/22 with status: Application Approved
Received text on 24/4/22 with status: Passport Printed
Received text on 26/4/22 to say passport with TNT courier and our for delivery. Passport arrived at my house at lunchtime 26/4/22

Tips;
Use the passport office guidance to take a good photo – the website will give you feedback to whether yours is a good photo or not.
Your unique passport application number is part of the address you use to send your old passport off – be sure to print it large and clear.
Use Royal Mail signed for delivery for posting your old passport for your own your own peace of mind that it has got there safely.
I was extremely happy and surprised to get it in 2 weeks but I would say follow all the guidance and don’t delay applying if you need a passport. Good luck.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-20

Date Received:
2022-04-08

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
TNT tracking was rubbish. And still no sign of my old passport

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-04

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Took a week to confirm delivery but after then very quick

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-09

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
I just knocked off one star because the DHL delivery was terrible. It arrived, but tracking was non-existent.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-04

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Very easy process and application seemed to process through each stage quickly. I submitted this to the Glasgow office.
Passport printed 10:01am on 19 April 2022
Application approved 4:53pm on 13 April 2022
Documents received 8:32am on 12 April 2022
Application received 9:35pm on 3 April 2022
Application submitted 9:35pm on 3 April 2022

Unfortunately I can’t say the same for child’s first passport sent to Peterborough office a week earlier as it is still sitting on documents received.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-02-24

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Spent weeks in processing and told different story every time I rang for an update

1st Child Passport

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-01-17

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Still awaiting passport or any confirmation that it’s been approved, can’t get through on the phones lines for 4 days when I do call backs do not occur.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-23

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
It was only stressful as the advice changed from 5 weeks to 10 weeks during the application and the time between docs arriving and being acknowledged and then being approved was quite long.
I applied for an adult renewal with change of name at the same time which was much quicker.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-27

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
The length of time between birth certificate being received and scanned in took a while. Wait time went from 5 weeks to 10 weeks within days, so I must have missed the huge influx of application as was dead on track.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-25

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Took 2 weeks for documents to show as received, and then a further 10 days for application to be approved. Approval to print and receiving passport was approx 5 days.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-20

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Passport received 26 April 2022.
Passport printed 21 April 2022.
Application approved 18 April 2022.
Documents received 4 April 2022.
Application received 20 March 2022

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-23

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Website stated five weeks to receive the passport when I applied, and mine came just within that time frame.
Applying for a babies first passport as a sleep deprived mum I had no idea about the whole 10 weeks and the passport office delays, so when a family member informed me, I got rather stressed out. I needn’t have lost (more) sleep over it though, as it did arrive on time in the end but took a while for my documents to be logged, and over two weeks to be approved after that.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-19

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Application submitted – 19/03/22
Documents delivered at Bootle passport office – 22/03/22
Documents “received” at Bootle passport office – 04/04/22
Application approved – 19/04/22
Passport printed – 22/04/22
Delivered – 26/04/22

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-02-19

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
First delay was after completing the application I had to send my birth certificate which I couldn’t find and so delayed documents being sent by 3.5 weeks as had to order one. Would be useful to know what documents I was going to be required to send before starting the application. There was a 2 week delay in Royal Mail confirming delivery and passport office updating the system. That was stressful but after reading forums/twitter it’s a standard amount of time but when you don’t know it’s a worry and started to presume documents lost. Wait times increased from 5 weeks to 10 weeks from when I applied, that again caused stress and I am still to determine if the 10 weeks is from application submission or documents received!? Called on lots of occasions due to things I was reading and was cut off over 50 times as call centre was busy and when did get through was on hold for 1.5 hours, the email came to say application approved when still on hold so hung up.
I think I worried myself more reading the news/Twitter and forums and maybe created myself unnecessary stress but as you don’t know the stages it needs to go through you don’t have a clue where you are in the process. Frustrating not being able to speak to anyone. Will NEVER book a holiday whilst waiting for a renewal, it’s just too stressful.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-23

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Moderately stressful as on holiday 10 May, I phoned after 4 weeks where only ‘Documents received’ was on the tracker. They put a note on the application and was all very quick after that, may have been a coincidence as it was all still within the initial 5 week estimate. I will not leave so late next time but very happy to receive with a couple of weeks still to go before travelling, relieved!

Passport printed 11:04am on 23 April 2022
Application approved 11:19am on 21 April 2022
Documents received 11:46am on 6 April 2022
Application received 8:27pm on 23 March 2022
Identity details received 8:27pm on 23 March 2022
Email sent to person confirming your identity 11:38am on 23 March 2022
Ask someone to confirm your identity 11:33am on 23 March 2022
Application submitted 11:33am on 23 March 2022

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-02-17

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Still. Waiting.

Child Renewal Passport

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-08

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Faster than I thought. Completing it online and tracking was very easy and informative.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-12

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
What a relief! we were definitely one of the lucky ones.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-05

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Passport printed 2:16am on 22 April 2022
Application approved 10:52am on 19 April 2022
New photo received 10:15am on 19 April 2022
Photo rejected 7:51am on 19 April 2022
Documents received 3:01pm on 13 April 2022
Application received 10:44pm on 5 April 2022
Identity details received 10:44pm on 5 April 2022
Email sent to person confirming your identity 8:36pm on 5 April 2022
Ask someone to confirm your identity 8:31pm on 5 April 2022
Application submitted 8:31pm on 5 April 2022

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-08

Date Received:
2022-04-22

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Received passport within 2 weeks and that was including the Easter period. Very happy with the service.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-01-31

Date Received:
2022-03-15

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Passport was sent on 1/2/22 but never arrive so presume lost then was found so was already reported lost and I am still waiting for the passport 12 weeks later and due to travel in 4 weeks with no help from anyone!

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-12

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
One to Bootle back within 2 weeks, still waiting on any update on Durham office.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-02-16

Date Received:
2022-03-30

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
New passport received, but 4 weeks later still waiting for the return of the supporting documents, despite paying for secure delivery. Unable to reach HMPO. They closed the application (“details not found” when logging in) so I’m really worried my supporting documents are lost.

1 Week Fast Track

Type of Application:
1 Week Fast Track Service

Submission Date:
2022-04-21

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
Please Rate out of 5

Comments:
Realised our daughter’s passport has ran out before our holiday on 1st May. Went down to Peterborough Thursday and received it with plenty of time on the Tuesday.

Type of Application:
1 Week Fast Track Service

Submission Date:
2022-04-14

Date Received:
2022-04-23

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
All easy except for the incredibly rude and unhelpful lady at the Liverpool passport office!

Overseas Applications

Type of Application:
Adult Renewal (Overseas Application)

Submission Date:
2022-03-18

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Longest delay was between my old passport arriving at the passport office, and them updating tracking to say they had received it. Other than that everything was pretty smooth and fast.

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