April 28, 2022

Passport Experiences 28th 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 (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-03-24

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Quick considering Easter holidays. Concerned about my supporting docs though – they say 10 days but my son’s took over a month last year. I hope this has gotten better as we have to travel to my home country in two weeks for a family wedding.

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-03-17

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
The 2-weeks delay for the tracker to be updated after the documents are received is a bit scary, but since it’s mentioned everywhere online I didn’t panic. Supporting documents not yet received.

2022-03-17 – Application submitted
2022-03-17 – Ask someone to confirm your identity
2022-03-17 – Email sent to person confirming your identity
2022-03-17 – Identity details received
2022-03-17 – Application received
2022-03-22 – Documents received (according to Royal Mail)
2022-03-31 – Documents received (according to HMPO tracker)
2022-04-23 – Application approved
2022-04-25 – Passport printed
2022-04-27 – Passport received

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-15

Date Received:
2022-03-15

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Been over 5 weeks – online application and just yesterday it moved to application processing..

Adult Renewal Passport

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-02-23

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Documents submitted 11th March.
Documents confirmed as recieived 31st March.
Passport printed and issued to courier 8th April
No notification received from TNT
22nd April contacted passport office they advised it was with TNT and advised to track passport using postcode and application ref.
TNT tracking shows they have received it 12th April.
Advised to book a ‘redelivery’
Did this twice but no delivery.
Rang TNT once they answered. They advised it will be delivered the following day. Next day I received a text and passport arrived.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-16

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
12 days in total to receive new passport. This also included a slight delay in sending my old passport back due to applying over the Easter weekend. Application went to the Bootle office.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-10

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
The process was surprisingly trouble free given the negatove stories which have been doint the rounds.

Delivered on 27/04/2022 at some point before noon
Passport printed 11:42am on 23 April 2022
Application approved 12:36pm on 20 April 2022
Documents received 11:07am on 15 April 2022
Application received 2:25pm on 10 April 2022
Application submitted 2:24pm on 10 April 2022

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-02-16

Date Received:
2022-03-12

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
It took 9 days for them to say they had received my old passport despite having confirmation that they’d signed for it 9 days before.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-09

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Came very quick despite all the newspapers articles and Boris being stupid and suggesting making it private.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-11

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Quicker than expected

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-14

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Applied online and was very straightforward, quick and was kept informed of progress all the way.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-13

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Very quick service despite Easter weekend!

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-02-27

Date Received:
2022-04-06

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
The average time stated was 5 weeks at application. I applied for two children’s passports (1st ones) at the same time and we are still waiting for those! We travel in 4 weeks time and we are considering cancelling our holiday so that we don’t lose all the money. Our children are very upset!

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-01

Date Received:
2022-04-23

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Happy with service and fair return time. All done online. Just stressful as realised I needed to renew passport 5 weeks before due to travel. Took over a week for old documents (Liverpool office) to be acknowledged but process fairly quick after that and a bank holiday in between. I was a simple renewal, no name changes or address changes since last renewal 10 years ago and think that must help. Person I spoke to was very nice when I queried why old documents not acknowledged after a week. Only got TNT tracking on day of delivery but had already tracked it myself on their website.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-08

Date Received:
2022-04-19

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
The lack of understanding documents and what is original and not. Having to call and be in the phone for more than 2 hours, was stressful. Although they explained things the process at that time was 5 weeks.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-11

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Having read all the doom and gloom reports I have nothing but praise . Mine was a renewal and took 16 days from start to finish on line through Liverpool Passport office.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-03-08

Date Received:
2022-03-25

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Hugely impressed with service and esp with regular updates.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-03-31

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
They took over two weeks to acknowledge receipt of my old passport. I spoke to someone on the phone who said their average turn around from them actually receiving post and acknowledging it is 11 working days.
Submitted: 31/03/2022
Documents received: 20/04/22 (signed for on 5/4/22)
Application approved 22/04/22
Printed: 25/04/22
Received it today 27/04/22, TNT sent text this morning giving time frame of 8am – 8pm

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-19

Date Received:
2022-04-07

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Although passports received within three weeks it was sent through using the post office service and supporting documents (old passport) not received back until 25.04.2022. the tracking service was not good as it was not being updated.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-01-25

Date Received:
2022-04-25

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Shocking service to be honest. HMPO were no help, severe delays to get through to them and when I did there was no action. Massive miscommunication, being told completely different things by different people. Missed my date of travel on the 3rd of April. It took 17 days after the courier received it to get to me, they did not notify me they had it. They attempted to deliver it to the wrong address and did not digitally alert me that delivery had been attempted. I had no idea they had it until I rang HMPO, only to tell me it had been attempted on the 9th of April, 2 weeks prior to the call. Needless to say, a complaint has been made. (12 weeks and 6 days)

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-09

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Sent 2 passport renewals off at the same time (this adult renewal and a child renewal). Adult renewal went to Bootle and Child one went to Peterborough. Adult renewal arrived this afternoon. Child one was approved today and has been sent to print so still waiting on that to be printed and to arrive!

It seems like the 2 locations work differently – Bootle were quick to acknowledge the arrival of the old passport (3 days) but then slower to process and approve it (4 days). Peterborough took 14 days to acknowledge the old passport had arrived but only 1 day to approve and send to print!

Was pretty stressful waiting for the old child passport to be acknowledged but it’s obviously moving through the process so can’t complain especially as it only took 18 days from application to receiving the adult one.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-10

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
I was very impressed with the speed of the process. I also like how you’re kept up to date on its progress.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-11

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Excellent service – live in NI

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-03

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Although my passport arrived fairly quickly, it was quite stressful waiting and there was quite a while in between the printing stage and the actual delivery. I appreciate that the passport office are extremely busy, but it took over an hour to get through to the them and they were very little help.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-09

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Very easy, no issues

Application history
StatusDate
Passport printed 7:55am on 23 April 2022
Application approved 10:38am on 20 April 2022
Documents received 9:37am on 15 April 2022
Application received 2:53pm on 9 April 2022
Application submitted 2:52pm on 9 April 2022

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-02-21

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Waiting time when I applied on 21st February was 3 weeks. Old passport received on 1st March. For some reason I was then switched to manual processing and my old passport details weren’t processed untill 22nd March. Application then was in processing from 28th March through to 19th April when it was finally approved. After approval printing and delivery took 7 days.

1st Child Passport

Type of Application:
First Child Passport (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-03-11

Date Received:
2022-04-22

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Application submitted on 11 March. Supporting docs sent on 12 March and received (per Royal Mail tracking) on 14 March. Documents not marked as received/not linked to application until 28 March, 14 days later. This was the stressful bit!

The application was approved on 7 April and we received notification that the passport had been printed on 13 April. Received through the door with no further notification on 22 April. Around 6 weeks start to finish including Easter which wasn’t too bad in the end but the gap between sending the supporting documents and them getting linked to the application was much longer than I would have liked and in the time there is just nothing you can do except wait and hope. I have yet to receive the documents back but thankfully we don’t need them urgently.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-21

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Documents sent on 22.3.22, website updated to say documents received 6.4.22

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-23

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Passport Delivered on 26th April
Passport printed 8:30am on 24 April 2022
Application approved 8:11am on 22 April 2022
Documents received 3:45pm on 6 April 2022
Application received 10:31pm on 23 March 2022
Identity details received 10:31pm on 23 March 2022
Email sent to person confirming your identity 10:05pm on 23 March 2022
Ask someone to confirm your identity 10:01pm on 23 March 2022
Application submitted 10:01pm on 23 March 2022

the most stressful part of the application was awaiting HMPO to confirm they received my daughters birth certificate even though I had sent it next day signed for. I then heard nothing for 3 weeks but once approved it was in my hand within a couple of days.
I think reading a lot of bad experiences had my anxiety on 10. I must say I am still yet to receive the birth certificate back from HMPO.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-03-16

Date Received:
2022-04-21

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Took a little while for tracker to update but was 5 days from printing to receiving.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-03-26

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Wasn’t stressing out as was updated all the way through the process and was accurate from start to finish.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-03-10

Date Received:
2022-04-22

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Took 3 weeks for supporting documents to be registered as received. Once this happened it was 2 weeks until passport in hand. Clearly working hard to catch up as passport was approved on Easter Monday.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-03-23

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
I actually think it was the comments on social media that made me panic In the end: biggest wait was for documents to be uploaded then was pretty quick after that.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-02-21

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
still have not received my 7 year old daughters passport, allowed 10 weeks, cannot get through to passport office. Holiday in 2 weeks.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-10

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Photo was marked by the website as good however was still rejected- I felt that it did meet the relaxed criteria for a 2 month old but didn’t argue and the new picture was approved quickly.
Disappointed at the state her birth certificate has been returned in- crumpled and a bit grubby. The corner of the new passport cover is also slightly bent on arrival.
Overall glad we received the passport in time for our holiday. We did not have to contact the passport office in the end though I did make one attempt at the web chat due to a 6 days delay between printing and delivery, however was continuously busy.

Child Renewal Passport

Type of Application:
Child Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2021-08-23

Date Received:
2021-08-23

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Unprofessional and incompetent right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing. Passport office admitted this was their error in February after countess of phone calls and emails, cancelled holidays and disappointments. Still no passport even though the email sent in February from the passport office said they would send it. What do you do, I have even got the MP involved who said due to the Ukraine war there is huge delays, the renewal was done last August and still waiting.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-05

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
Please Rate out of 5

Comments:
Overall good fast easy application

Type of Application:
Child Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-09

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Quick and easy child passport renewal. Included waiting 5 days for professional to verify identity.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-09

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Very stressful after seeing so many negative reviews but we were delighted to receive our sons passport so quickly.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-02-27

Date Received:
2022-04-01

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
From the moment they said the passport application was approved to receiving it, it was nearly 3 weeks, which made me think it was 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:
2022-02-25

Date Received:
2022-04-26

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Took 9 weeks from start to finish when it was advertised as 5 weeks when I applied. I spent hours on the phone to customer service who were little to no help and told me conflicting information. My application was stuck on “documents received” for a month. Had to reschedule my holiday. I’m based in Ireland so extra time for postage either end should be less than a week.

Type of Application:
Adult Renewal (Overseas Application)

Submission Date:
2022-02-25

Date Received:
2022-04-27

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Extremely stressful, until a miracle happened. I applied in February thinking this was plenty of time before my travel date, May 1st. A week ago my passport still hadn’t been approved, it was still processing. I spent many hours trying to get through on line, successfully and unsuccessfully. One day I was cut off 47 times until I got through to someone on the process team. It took just over 7 hours. This is the exact number, not an exaggeration. I can’t believe it myself either! I was told it was highly unlikely I would receive my passport before the 1st May. And It was possible it might be even 13 weeks. I was extremely anxious as my trip is for work, a 6 month contract abroad.
Then last Thursday I received a phone call from the registrar in Belfast, who informed me my passport would be fast tracked, and I would receive it today, which I did. I’m extremely grateful at this unexpected kindness. I can’t thank her enough. It was totally out of the blue. So lesson learned.. apply in plenty of time and don’t give up hope.

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2 Replies to “Passport Experiences 28th April 2022”

  1. John says: April 29, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Does anyone have experience of online application for a replacement passport for a 13yr old that had been lost and for change of name. Sounds messy but it is what it is. So stressed about it. It’s in ‘application in process’ stage. We fly on 15th June. Any comments appreciated guys.

  2. sarah says: April 30, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Submitted online two 1st child passports in feb documents signed for recorded delivery 19th feb did not show as received on tracker until 7th march and 16th march. Our holiday is 16th may. After a lot of phone calls being cut off and kept on hold for hours i decided to to withdraw both applications by writing 2 withdrawal letters took over 2 weeks and a lot more phone calls for them to link withdrawl letters with applications, booked a fast track and went on tuesday both were approved and received after 3 days. My advice fast track if u have a holiday booked even if it is 6 months away, better for your mental health.

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