A opportunity has come up for my son to go away on 16th April 2014, however his passport has expired ( by over 12 months ) Is it a renewal he needs and is it possible to get it done in this time,, The website does say you can in 1 week ( at additional costs) I'm just not clear if it means you have to book a appointment and go the them, (https://www.gov.uk/get-a-passport-urgently ) or can do it by post,, advice would be appreciated please.
My friend had to do this, found out last week that her son could go on an overseas school trip next week. She had to go to Liverpool (from Essex) for an appointment as that was the only place in the country that could do the appointment quick enough and have a passport in a week. I think that is the one week service. Fortunately, she didn't have to take her son so he didn't miss school, it was just a boring return train ride and a half for her! i don't know if she has to go back again to collect the passport or if it is sent by special delivery.
You need 3 weeks (I think) to do it via the post office, though in my experience, we have always had them back quicker than that.
Funnily enough I am in the Liverpool one right now fast tracking a passport. You just phone and they give you an appointment. You can either have it sent home in a week or pay a bit more and pick it up 4 hours after appointment.
i understand that London and Liverpool may not be far, but believe you me i can get lost 30 miles from home with a sat nav, i was never a pigeon in a former life , will have to wait for photos to be done 1st hopefully get all forms tomorrow then may try posting
I have just renewed my passport on the fast track at the London passport office. The office is right next to Victoria rail station, there are signposts from the station concourse for the passport office. Very easy to find. Only took about half an hour to complete the process then courier delivered three days later. Guaranteed within a week.