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January 31, 2024

UK Passport Timelines and Reviews 31/01/24

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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 With Interview

Passport Office:
Hemel Hempstead

Submission Date:
09-01-2024

Date Received:
24-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Passport Office:
Hemel Hempstead

Submission Date:
19-01-2024

Date Received:
30-01-2024

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Type of Application:
First UK Adult Passport

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
18-01-2024

Date Received:
25-01-2024

Overall Experience:
Please Rate out of 5

Comments:
Online form very quick posted old passport back day after submission date received next day. And new passport approved the Tuesday, print wednesday delivered Thursday.

Adult Renewal Passport

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
12-01-2024

Date Received:
26-01-2024

Overall Experience:
Please Rate out of 5

Comments:
Application submitted 12th, old passport posted with 1st Class stamp unrecorded on 13th To Corby office.

Old passport received 25th, application approved 26th and to print.

Royal mail delivery notification for 26th from southampton and delivered AM. HM Notification passport dispatched 26th PM, already had it.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Hemel Hempstead

Submission Date:
19-01-2024

Date Received:
26-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Passport Arrived: 26th January 2024
Passport printed 9:10pm on 24 January 2024
Application approved 1:49pm on 24 January 2024
Documents received 8:42pm on 22 January 2024
Application received 11:10pm on 19 January 2024
Application submitted 11:09pm on 19 January 2024

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Hemel Hempstead

Submission Date:
19-01-2024

Date Received:
26-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Sent off Friday, the received it Monday, printed Wednesday and received Friday.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Hemel Hempstead

Submission Date:
22-01-2024

Date Received:
26-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Very quick and easy.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Hemel Hempstead

Submission Date:
22-01-2024

Date Received:
26-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Sent my passport special delivery on Monday, arrived Tuesday, new one printed Thursday, arrived Friday! Brilliant!

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
20-01-2024

Date Received:
25-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Application submitted @ 9:03pm on 20 January 2024
Application received @ 9:03pm on 20 January 2024
Documents received @ 4:14pm on 23 January 2024
Application approved @ 3:06am on 24 January 2024
Passport printed @ 10:21pm on 24 January 2024
Passport received on 25th January 2024

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Not Sure

Submission Date:
21-01-2024

Date Received:
27-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
We’ll done HM Passport Office
Took a photo of James last Sunday for his passport application and duly submitted it online.
Delivered at 09:00 this morning – 10/10.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
21-01-2024

Date Received:
26-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Really easy, and I only applied a month before it was due to expire because of having the confidence gained on the timelines from this site.
Applied on a Sunday 21 Jan 24
Sent my old passport in 1st class at noon on Monday 22 Jan 24
Received notification that the passport had been received, at 1615 on Wednesday
By 0854 on Thursday I was told my application had been approved. The same day at 1530 I was notified by Royal Mail that it would be delivered the next day during a morning times slot – though I was unable to use the tracking tool at that time.
On Friday I received further notifications from Royal Mail saying that it would be delivered that day and it was. It didn’t require a signature so even though I was out there was no problem with that and it was just put through my letterbox.
Super impressed.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
21-01-2024

Date Received:
27-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
No issues. Easy to do.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
22-01-2024

Date Received:
27-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Seemed very straightforward and easy. I renewed 10 months early because I was worried how long it would take. It took less than a week! But then again I did try to submit outside the busy run-up to summer holidays.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
21-01-2024

Date Received:
27-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Submitted Sunday Evening
Posted Tracked 24 on Monday
Confirmed Received on Wednesday
Approval Confirmation on Friday
Arrived in the post Saturday

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
14-01-2024

Date Received:
28-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Timeline below – considering I had to wait 2 days before it actually left my local UPS because of the US national holiday / winter storms – I got my passport back within 14 days.

Application history
Passport delivered 28th January (Sunday)
Passport printed – 25th January
Application approved – 24th January
Documents received – 22nd January
{Documents delivered via UPS – 19th January }
Application received – 14th January
Application submitted – 14th January

DHL – delivered in 3 days from passport printing. Tracking is not great until day of delivery. All in all amazing 14 day turnaround to US.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Hemel Hempstead

Submission Date:
23-01-2024

Date Received:
27-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Very easy application and super fast!

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
21-01-2024

Date Received:
27-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Booked a cruise in 4 weeks time not realising I didn’t have 6 months left on my current passport. Government website said approx 3 weeks, passport waiting time said 8 days. Received my renewed passport back in 6 days.

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Not Sure

Submission Date:
22-01-2024

Date Received:
30-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Piece of cake and they sent me updates during the process

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
19-01-2024

Date Received:
26-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Super easy to do on line, received back less than a week after applying. 4 business days!!! FANTASTIC service!

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
24-01-2024

Date Received:
30-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Really quick, did the application online, sent it off next day, received it a few days later. So quick!

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Hemel Hempstead

Submission Date:
20-01-2024

Date Received:
30-01-2024

Overall Experience:
Please Rate out of 5

Comments:
Passport arrived 9.30am on 30 January 2025
Passport printed 4:30am on 27 January 2024
Application approved 11:14am on 26 January 2024
Documents received 2:08pm on 24 January 2024
(Tracked and trace confirmed delivery 11am 23rd Jan)
Application received 1:28pm on 20 January 2024
Application submitted 1:28pm on 20 January 2024

Type of Application:
Adult Passport Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
18-01-2024

Date Received:
25-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

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Lost or Stolen Passport Application

Type of Application:
Lost/Stolen Passport

Passport Office:
London

Submission Date:
19-01-2024

Date Received:
25-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

1st Child Passport

Type of Application:
First Child Passport

Passport Office:
London

Submission Date:
18-01-2024

Date Received:
26-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Website was easy to follow

Child Renewal

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
21-01-2024

Date Received:
30-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
I submitted my child’s passport renewal on a Sunday. My person that verified the pic also signed off for their photo online within an hour. I sent my son’s old passport off on the Monday with recorded next day delivery , so they get it on Tuesday. I have just received it today the following Tuesday. So 9 days all in. Happy with that

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
22-01-2024

Date Received:
30-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Applied 22nd. Old passport sent off and received in Corby on 23rd. System updated later the same day. Passport approved 27th. Got Royal Mail text on 29th to say being delivered on 30th. Arrived as stated this morning.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
21-01-2024

Date Received:
30-01-2024

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Whole experience was mostly very easy, would have been easier if we didn’t have to get photo verified for a child renewal but I suppose that’s just part of the process.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
17-01-2024

Date Received:
26-01-2024

Overall Experience:
Please Rate out of 5

Comments:
Really pleased with corby passport office very quick process and no issues.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Passport Office:
Hemel Hempstead

Submission Date:
20-01-2024

Date Received:
27-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Super quick – very pleased. I applied online on the Saturday, my friend countersigned that same day and I sent the old passport off on the Monday. I received a message on Tuesday to say ‘documents received’ then one on Thursday saying it had been approved. Passport has just been delivered – 1pm on Saturday 27th.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Passport Office:
Hemel Hempstead

Submission Date:
20-01-2024

Date Received:
27-01-2024

Overall Experience:
5 Star – Very Easy

Comments:
Super quick – very pleased. I applied online on the Saturday, my friend countersigned that same day and I sent the old passport off on the Monday. I received a message on Tuesday to say ‘documents received’ then one on Thursday saying it had been approved. Passport has just been delivered – 1pm on Saturday 27th.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Passport Office:
Corby

Submission Date:
18-01-2024

Date Received:
27-01-2024

Overall Experience:
Please Rate out of 5

Comments:
Online form very quick posted old passport back day after submission date received next day. Asked for birthday certifacte was unsure why it needed to be sent for renewal. And new passport approved the Thursday, print Friday delivered Saturday.

Type of Application:
Child Renewal

Passport Office:
Hemel Hempstead

Submission Date:
19-01-2024

Date Received:
26-01-2024

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
I applied for this passport exactly 3 weeks before our holiday and was then terrified that it wouldn’t arrive in time but it was incredibly quick. Frustrating that the original photo was rejected even though it said on the website when I uploaded it that it was ‘good’ but very speedy turnaround after submitting the new one.

Application: 19/01
Sent off old passport 1st class next day: 20/01
Old passport received by Passport Office: 22/01
Photo rejected & new one submitted: 24/01
Application approved: 25/01
Passport printed: 25/01
Passport received: 26/01

1 Week Fast Track Application

Type of Application:
1 Week Fast Track Service

Passport Office:
Newport

Submission Date:
22-01-2024

Date Received:
27-01-2024

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Fast track renewal – child passport.

We noticed 1 week before we were due to travel that the passport would not be valid for long enough.

Appointment – 22/01 08:00
Application accepted – 25/01 11:55 (phone call from a lovely staff member to inform us that the application had been accepted and sent to print)
Passport printed and despatched – 26/01 10:51
Collected from local delivery office – 27/01 08:13

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Overseas Passport Application

Type of Application:
Adult Renewal (Overseas Application)

Passport Office:
Not Sure

Submission Date:
01-09-2023

Date Received:
21-09-2023

Overall Experience:
4 Star – Easy

Comments:
Photo process was painful overseas.

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