May 7, 2022

Passport Experiences 6th 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.

First Adult Passport

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-13

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Not bad considering old passport was posted the day before Easter weekend and also May bank holiday.

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Submission Date:
2022-02-08

Date Received:
2022-05-04

Overall Experience:
1 Star – Very Stressful

Comments:
Miserable service, 1 star is too much

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-12

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
I thought I was going to miss fishing holiday with my son departing on 15th June with current delays but big surprise applied 12th April first adult passport received 5th May.

Adult Renewal Passport

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-02-15

Date Received:
2022-03-25

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Original photo rejected.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-15

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Very good experience. Due to 3 recent bank holidays, from submission to receipt, it took 12 working days. Submission to first tracking update took 8 days then received notification my old passport had been received. After this it flew through the process and was sent out very promptly. Excellent work!

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-24

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Bootle office – Applied online, 11 day turn around including Bank Holiday.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-20

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Passport printed 12:58pm on 4 May 2022
Application approved 1:07pm on 3 May 2022
Documents received 9:17am on 29 April 2022
Application received 4:41pm on 20 April 2022
Application submitted 4:41pm on 20 April 2022

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-25

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
My adult renewal Passport has come in less than 2 weeks. However 3 child renewals I have heard nothing from. They have been delivered (used Royal mail tracking) but I have had no confirmation emails of this. Sent same day as adult renewal.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-26

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
9 days in total

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-25

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
I am amazed, but very happy, that it took less than 2 weeks.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-16

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
Please Rate out of 5

Comments:
Submitting online is great as they’ll text you updates as it moves through the process. Reduces the stress when you’re waiting for your passport to arrive

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-14

Date Received:
2022-05-04

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Hassle-free service. Was kept up to date with each stage of the process by text. All in all it took 21 days from application (done after 11pm so a whole day lost) to delivery, including the Easter bank holiday weekend. I’m in Glasgow and was told to send my old passport to the Bootle office and the service was great. There is so much scaremongering in the Press about horrendous delays but it seems total exaggeration from my own experience and from other comments I’ve read. Just make sure you fill the form out correctly to avoid any issues. I’d also recommend using the pic booths that send your mugshot straight to the Passport Office (in larger Boots branches). Good luck and happy holidays.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-03-03

Date Received:
2022-04-29

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Made the mistake of sending for my adult renewal and my child’s renewal with same mobile number. Do not do this as I received only one text message and thought one application was lost. Wasted hours phoning passport office to find out if both were received but kept getting cut off after 10 mins. My advice is put different mobile numbers on each application!!!

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-11

Date Received:
2022-05-04

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Liverpool office

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-21

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Superb Service I am just so sorry they are receiving such a bad press.
Application history
StatusDate
Passport printed 10:18am on 3 May 2022
Application approved 5:43pm on 29 April 2022
New photo received 3:28pm on 29 April 2022
Photo rejected 3:24pm on 29 April 2022
New photo received 11:24am on 29 April 2022
Photo rejected 9:52am on 29 April 2022
Documents received 3:30pm on 27 April 2022
Application received 8:20pm on 21 April 2022
Application submitted 8:19pm on 21 April 2022

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-21

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Application history Status Date
Passport printed 1:21pm on 4 May 2022
Application approved 11:07am on 3 May 2022
Documents received 5:25pm on 28 April 2022
Application received 2:17pm on 21 April 2022
Application submitted 2:17pm on 21 April 2022

My passport and supporting documentation was sent on the 25th April using Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed 1pm

My overall experience was 1 week – I don’t know why some people are experiencing 10 weeks for their passports. I had about 1 year left on the old passport – given the news & hype regarding 10 weeks waiting time, I decided to preempt waiting and completed my renewal earlier

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-10

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Seemless

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-02-08

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
My daughter submitted her application for renewal of her passport the 03/02/22 with a marriage and birth certificate it is now 05/05/22 and She still has not received her new passport. She has rang the passport service and to be told it is still in process !!! It is now 3 months how much longer have She got to wait ?

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-13

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Excellent service

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-08

Date Received:
2022-04-21

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Old passport came back about a week after receiving my new passport.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-20

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Good communication and timely return

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal (Paper Form)

Submission Date:
2022-04-13

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Used the post office checking service. They also misspelt my name which caused a delay

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-18

Date Received:
2022-05-04

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Cardiff Passport office application. Got frequent updates throughout the process. Really simple and easy process too!

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-23

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
Please Rate out of 5

Comments:
This was my daughters, child’s passport (17 year old) renewal for an adults passport. Super quick and no issues.

1st Child Passport

Type of Application:
First Child Passport (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-01

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Passport received 5 May 2022
Passport printed 3:13am on 4 May 2022
Application approved 9:39am on 3 May 2022
Documents received 1:05pm on 13 April 2022
Application received 4:02pm on 2 April 2022
Identity details received 4:00pm on 2 April 2022
Email sent to person confirming your identity 3:06pm on 2 April 2022
Ask someone to confirm your identity 2:27pm on 1 April 2022
Application submitted 2:27pm on 1 April 2022

Type of Application:
First Child Passport (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-02

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
First Childs passport that went to the bootle office

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-12

Date Received:
2022-03-12

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Still waiting, last update was 5th April 2022 stating it Application is being processed!

Type of Application:
First Child Passport (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-03-29

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Stressful because of all the bad press but in reality I felt a fair turnaround time. Worst part was waiting for documents to be scanned in.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-01

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Passport printed12:38pm on 3 May 2022
Application approved5:52pm on 29 April 2022
Documents received7:53am on 13 April 2022
Application received5:58pm on 1 April 2022
Identity details received5:58pm on 1 April 2022
Email sent to person confirming your identity4:48pm on 1 April 2022
Ask someone to confirm your identity10:17am on 1 April 2022
Application submitted10:17am on 1 April 2022

Type of Application:
First Child Passport (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-01

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Passport printed12:38pm on 3 May 2022
Application approved5:52pm on 29 April 2022
Documents received7:53am on 13 April 2022
Application received5:58pm on 1 April 2022
Identity details received5:58pm on 1 April 2022
Email sent to person confirming your identity4:48pm on 1 April 2022
Ask someone to confirm your identity10:17am on 1 April 2022
Application submitted10:17am on 1 April 2022

Type of Application:
First Child Passport (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-03-30

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
It came in good time and communication was good throughout. Just over the 5 weeks I was originally quoted, I would recommend paying the bit extra to have the photo taken at a photo shop so it is accepted instantly to save time.!

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-04

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
3 Star – Average

Comments:
Haven’t yet received, but it was approved today, so i expect to receive by next week, which will be 5 weeks so within the original wait period. What made it stressful is social media and horror stories!

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-04-01

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Super straight forward. Only lack of communication was from the deliver service, we only got a message that it was with then after they had delivered it so just lucky we were in.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-04

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
Please Rate out of 5

Comments:
All good

Type of Application:
First Child Passport (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-03-30

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Made stressful by change of timeframe and then unable to get updates, but then came in original provided timeframe.

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Submission Date:
2022-03-30

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
24hrs after applying online it was all over media that there was 10 week turnaround. Which gave us unnecessary panic for the 5 weeks we had to wait. Can’t fault Liverpool as they issued and delivered the passport in the turnaround stated on the website when applying. I did however tried to phone the passport office 10 times and got cut off each time after waiting on hold. The next day however txt came through to say it had been approved – utter relief!
Application submitted- 30 March
Identity details received- 31 March
Documents received -13 April
Application approved- 1 May
Passport printed- 4 May
Passport Received -5 May

Child Renewal Passport

Type of Application:
Child Renewal (Paper Form)

Submission Date:
2022-03-14

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
Please Rate out of 5

Comments:
It took such a long time for my daughters passport to come and when I tried to contact them it seemed nobody could help. I would recommend people to do it online.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-20

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Took 4 working days for documents to be formally received (registered post)

Type of Application:
Child Renewal (Online)

Submission Date:
2022-04-21

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
This processing time included submitting a second photo because the first didn’t meet the criteria.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Submission Date:
2022-04-14

Date Received:
2022-05-05

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Took two weeks to acknowledge receipt of passport then once done it Glew through. Durham office but have another in Peterborough going at same speed

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