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Old Oct 3rd 2017, 5:07 pm   #1
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Default Renewing U.K. Passport

Hey! Has anyone renewed a U.K. Passport from within Canada, recently? I was wondering what the wait time is just now. I can't decide whether to do the day Trip to the renewal office, next time we're home, or use the postal system here! Thanks.
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Old Oct 3rd 2017, 5:12 pm   #2
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I wouldn't use "the postal system", full stop. There are too many things get delayed, or the tracking fails at the hand-off to the Royal Mail and you're left wondering ......

If you need to send your passport application, spring for a courier, such as FedEx or UPS, your application will get there quicker and you have the comfort of end to end tracking.

Anyhow, .... the processing is taking around one week, then add shipping time to and from, so, using a courier each way should be less than two weeks.
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Old Oct 3rd 2017, 5:32 pm   #3
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Great advice! Thank you! I remember a couple of years ago the wait time was months and months. This is encouraging!
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In May we sent two applications off for renewal of expired passports. Got them back a day shy of two weeks. Can't complain at that!
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I didn't think that there were any UK passport offices left in Canada. The last time I renewed mine I had to send it to, UK Passport Services for The Americas and Caribbean in Washington DC. Took about 3 weeks.
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I didn't think that there were any UK passport offices left in Canada. ....
There are no international passport offices anywhere - all British passports applications are processed in the UK. That is why Julie referred to getting same day service the next time she is "home", meaning back in the UK.
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There are no international passport offices anywhere - all British passports applications are processed in the UK.
Think she means renewing when she's back home in England, not Canada...
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Think she means renewing when she's back home in England, not Canada...
Agreed, that was what I understood from when I first read post #1, and I was adding that to my post #6 when you made your post #7.
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Do not get your passport posted please. My friend applied for a new passport after he lost his/or it was expired for about 5 years. (He holds a Irish passport too).
They sent it to his London address though the letterbox! Not even recorded!
Luckily he received it. But can you imagine if someone stole it?
British passports are like gold dust these days!
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Do not get your passport posted please. My friend applied for a new passport after he lost his/or it was expired for about 5 years. (He holds a Irish passport too).
They sent it to his London address though the letterbox! Not even recorded!
Luckily he received it. But can you imagine if someone stole it?
British passports are like gold dust these days!
That's par for any passport application made in the UK other than the premium same day service.
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Of course the OP should make sure they follow the process and book a time slot with the passport office well ahead of time and then be prepared to leave their application there and return in a few hours to collect. https://www.gov.uk/get-a-passport-urgently

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It took 9 days applying from Canada to receiving both my daughters' new UK PPs last December. The passport office courier them back. You don't choose this option. It's mandatory.
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Thank you, for all of the replies. Just to confirm, if anybody was in doubt, I did mean the U.K. Passport office on my next trip to the U.K.
It's actually a renewal for my child. My internet searches are rubbish! Thank you so much to the previous poster who provided the link about making an appointment. I knew I had to do this, as we've done this previously, however, after reading the linked page, I have learned that this is only an option for a child's first passport and not a renewal! Therefore I am relying on the post!
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Thank you, for all of the replies. Just to confirm, if anybody was in doubt, I did mean the U.K. Passport office on my next trip to the U.K.
It's actually a renewal for my child. My internet searches are rubbish! Thank you so much to the previous poster who provided the link about making an appointment. I knew I had to do this, as we've done this previously, however, after reading the linked page, I have learned that this is only an option for a child's first passport and not a renewal! Therefore I am relying on the post!
The same-day Premium Service isn't available for any child application, first time or renewal. The one week Fast Track service is available for both child first time applicants and renewals. It will still be delivered by post however to your UK address. I used this service for my last passport renewal - it arrived in around 3-4 days. You'll probably find it easier to renew it from Canada.
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It took 9 days applying from Canada to receiving both my daughters' new UK PPs last December. The passport office courier them back. You don't choose this option. It's mandatory.
This.

Way too many people get carried away with the rare one that goes missing. You're just as likely (if not more) to lose it (or be mugged for it) on your way home from collecting it. Or even be burgled. Or have a fire. Or...
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