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How long are UK Passport Renewals Taking?

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Anyone had their passport renewed recently?

The Passport Office say to allow 10 weeks; but some folks are saying online they are getting their new passport in 2 weeks or say.

Would be fab to hear of folks experiences. Thanks! snowHead
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I renewed my son’s at the end of August when we returned from France and it took about 3.5 weeks.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Daughter's done online on 18 Sept, came back this week. Canadian one which we had to send in as well returned a couple of days later.
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Online renewal, had new passport in 16 days. Old one returned day before that.
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Wife's was a week back in August.
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Submitted 12 Sep online, posted expiring one to them, guaranteed by 1pm next day that night (due to evening time sending it this meant they didnt receive until 14th). We got new one 28th Sep.
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This is all very helpful, thank you. Saves me having to fork-out on an expedited application.
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I need to check ours tomorrow, as I know they both need renewing in 2023. I just need to make sure it is valid for travel for all of our ski trips.
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@Hells Bells, yes annoyingly you also need 3 months clear after date of return. Our next trip completes before hubbies expires, but only had a few weeks after. So how they can claim they are 10yr passports would be classed a mis-selling if it were anything else!
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My wife renewed hear earlier this year. Took something like three months overall, and she needed to travel in that period so had to get a temporary one, at an additional cost of 150 dollarpoundfrabcs
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There is this site https://www.passportwaitingtime.co.uk/#times and I'm hoping it's a reasonable reflection of times as I've just put mine in the post.
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motyl wrote:
There is this site https://www.passportwaitingtime.co.uk/#times and I'm hoping it's a reasonable reflection of times as I've just put mine in the post.


WOW. That is super-useful. Thanks. Very Happy
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Applied online on a Saturday in late July. Posted the old one first class registered on the Monday, received new one on the Friday.
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Daughter did hers on 23 September, arrived back last Wednesday (12/12), so 2 1/2 weeks.
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Renewed online last Friday evening, having got digital photo from a booth in the morning. Posted old passport Saturday afternoon, first class. New passport received this morning! So less than a week - very impressed!
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Just a word of warning -- The PCS Union have voted for strike action, which will affect the Passport Office (as well as other Government organisations....)
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motyl wrote:
There is this site https://www.passportwaitingtime.co.uk/#times and I'm hoping it's a reasonable reflection of times as I've just put mine in the post.

This is ace, thanks.
I've always dreaded applying for passport renewals using the old manual forms but the new online process is very sleek and user-friendly.
I suspect waiting times now will be much less than at the height of summer - I'm hoping so anyway as we have 4 trips booked between January and March and only sent our 15Y old's application last week.
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
@franga, I managed to send my old passport in just before all the postal strikes began. The new one was delivered by courier a fortnight later but I had to wait another week for Royal Mail to return my old one. Possibly the passport office doesn’t prioritise those.
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Two weeks Very good updates on progress by text.
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@Gufo, good to know. I can't make up my mind if we should apply now or wait until after our January trip. We will need to renew before our March one as issue date was 23rd Feb 2013 and expiry is 22nd June.
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I had the same dilemma with issue date May and expiry October. Two trips booked end of Jan and end of Feb. Decided too risky after first trip to arrange new passport. Cut my losses and glad new one is here.
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Sent off for an adult renewal online on the 18th October, got mine back beginning of this week.
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I heard from my friend that it's easy now. Online you need a photo, a credit card. Fill out the form, scan the photo, put your old passport in an envelope and send it to HMPO in the UK. Little Angel
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Timothy Love wrote:
I heard from my friend that it's easy now. Online you need a photo, a credit card. Fill out the form, scan the photo, put your old passport in an envelope and send it to HMPO in the UK. Little Angel


Did exactly this with a recent UK passport renewal from Austria. From the time I clicked Submit online, it was 29 calendar days until my new passport arrived. It also took me four days (including a weekend) to post my old one, so if I had of been better organised maybe quicker. New one arrived 2 weeks ago, so this is recent news.
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Poogle wrote:
Anyone had their passport renewed recently?

The Passport Office say to allow 10 weeks; but some folks are saying online they are getting their new passport in 2 weeks or say.

Would be fab to hear of folks experiences. Thanks! snowHead


just done my daughters - took 8 days from start to finish
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Another one in the 'renewed online, returned a week later camp' here. The only issue you might have is if you look significantly different to your old photo in which case you'll need a 'professional' to verify you
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Timothy Love wrote:
I heard from my friend that it's easy now. Online you need a photo, a credit card. Fill out the form, scan the photo, put your old passport in an envelope and send it to HMPO in the UK. Little Angel


You don’t need a photo. A selfie is fine if you do it online. Mine took about 10 days from start to finish.
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Mine and MRSMM29 both back in less than 2 weeks, hardest bit was trying to get a photo uploaded on their website, took about 20 goes each. Only downside is they are now blue UK not burgundy EU. rolling eyes
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And still no reference to HIS majesty’s gov Sad

Mine took 1week for an adult renewal using a photo-booth reference number for the picture.
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Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
@jamescollings, Interesting that for you and I it's one week - and we both used a photo booth with the reference number.
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Child renewal - completed application online on Monday 14 November (photo at home). Put old passport in 2nd class post to return.

New passport arriving today. 10 day turnaround (8 business days). Nothing expedited (could have used 1st class post to return passport I guess).
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