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November 27, 2023

UK Passport Timelines and Reviews 27/11/23

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Passport Application Reviews

Feedback, experiences, timelines, tips and useful information from people that have recently been through the UK passport application process.

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1st Adult Passport

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Passport Office:
Hemel Hempstead

Submission Date:
07-11-2023

Date Received:
16-11-2023

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Passport Office:
Hemel Hempstead

Submission Date:
14-11-2023

Date Received:
24-11-2023

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Adult Renewal Passport

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Hemel Hempstead

Submission Date:
15-11-2023

Date Received:
23-11-2023

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Passport received 11:00am on 23 November 2023
Passport printed 5:54am on 22 November 2023
Application approved 3:49pm on 21 November 2023
Documents received 6:49pm on 16 November 2023
Application received 9:15am on 15 November 2023
Application submitted 9:14am on 15 November 2023

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
18-11-2023

Date Received:
24-11-2023

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Great experience, was surprised that it was all dealt with so quickly.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Hemel Hempstead

Submission Date:
13-11-2023

Date Received:
23-11-2023

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Application to renew a passport that had lapsed during covid. The passport had not been sent back to HMPO for cancellation which caused an issue!

Application submitted 13 Nov
Text message “application received” 15 Nov
Telephone call from HMPO 17 Nov asking for some further information and the old passport to be returned – fortunately I found it in a drawer!
Passport notified as being printed on 22 Nov
Text message “You should receive your new passport in a few days” on 22 Nov
Passport delivered on 23 Nov
Supporting documents and old passport returned 24 Nov.

Despite being a slightly unusual case with a passport outstanding that hadn’t been cancelled, the process was very straightforward and rapid. The staff I dealt with were without exception polite and helpful. Only reason it isn’t a 5 review is because of the issue with the uncanceled passport holding things up (does it really matter if it’s out of date but all the supporting documentation is in order?)

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Overseas Passport Application

Type of Application:
Adult Renewal (Overseas Application)

Passport Office:
Hemel Hempstead

Submission Date:
15-09-2023

Date Received:
24-11-2023

Overall Experience:
2 Star – Stressful

Comments:
Very stressful overall. Heard nothing for weeks then 2 weeks before depature requested documents confirming my address (I live in a unit complex) then 3 days later another request for documents. After receiving approval I contacted HMPO to get a tracking number. DHL delivered 1 day before stated date and just popped in letter box. I didn’t sign for delivery. 4 days left till departure date.

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