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Child passport renewal angst
goldendog · 04/07/2020 12:32
Until the bringing of last week the passport office was saying you should only apply in an emergency. The rules have now changed so I applied online 9 days ago for DC’s renewal. The old passport was received at the passport office 7 days ago (signed for) but it’s not yet been scanned on the system.
We have been offered a week in a friend’s house in France at the beginning of August. I’m happy to go via the Eurotunnel. But will the passport be here in time?! Has anyone else renewed recently? I’m feeling stressed that it won’t arrive in 4 weeks!
WrongKindOfFace · 05/07/2020 14:56
They have sped up a bit. They have crowd sourced waiting times here: twitter.com/passportwaiting?lang=en
BrieAndChilli · 06/07/2020 19:34
It will probably depend on which passport office yours has been sent to (some may have staff shortages or not be able to fit as many staff in due to layout of building etc) obviously people can’t work from home issuing passports - massive security risk!!
goldendog · 08/07/2020 18:13
Thanks for the replies. It seems there’s a real variation in the time taken! I finally got a text today saying that the old passport has been scanned (11 days after it was received by the passport office).
Now keeping everything crossed for swift progress. I really feel for those of you in the same boat - it’s nerve wracking!
Mammawilson · 09/07/2020 18:13
I applied for my first adult passport and daughters first child passport 22nd of April and still waiting. Partner sent of his renewal around the same time and had that back in less then 3 weeks. I travel at the begining of August so i am very streesed at the moment
goldendog · 14/07/2020 09:55
A quick update! I was messaged yesterday saying that the passport application has been approved and sent for printing. So it’s taken 17 days from delivery of the old passport to get to this stage. Fingers crossed it will arrive in time for 1st August after all
goldendog · 14/07/2020 12:52
I sent mine to Peterborough. I don’t know whether they processed it though or if it was sent elsewhere. Have you tried calling the passport office helpline? I’ve read online elsewhere that some kind people at the passport office will add your travel date to your application. That seems to get things moving much more quickly. Failing that, you could message your MP and ask for their help. You must be feeling desperate!
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