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Old Sep 29th 2019, 9:52 am
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A friend is trying to renew his passport before it expires early November. He has been unable to find out where he can print off the application form. I tried for him but the gov.uk web site seems to be trying to make him apply on line but we get stuck when it comes to the part about adding the digital photo. He looked at other web sites but they seem to be trying to get him to pay them as well as the payment for the passport. The other query is he doesn't have a UK bank account, does this matter? He does have a direct debit card for his Spanish account which has a Visa symbol on it so perhaps they accept that? Any advice I can pass on to him would be welcome.
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Old Sep 29th 2019, 10:40 am
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Old Sep 29th 2019, 10:40 am
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A friend is trying to renew his passport before it expires early November. He has been unable to find out where he can print off the application form. I tried for him but the gov.uk web site seems to be trying to make him apply on line but we get stuck when it comes to the part about adding the digital photo. He looked at other web sites but they seem to be trying to get him to pay them as well as the payment for the passport. The other query is he doesn't have a UK bank account, does this matter? He does have a direct debit card for his Spanish account which has a Visa symbol on it so perhaps they accept that? Any advice I can pass on to him would be welcome.
Best method is take a "Selfie" - with mobile, save it to the computer then it can be uploaded to the box on the online application. I paid for mine with a Visa Credit Card. Does not need a UK bank account
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No need to print the application form; you can do the whole thing online. You only need to post the old passport. As mentioned you can take a photo on your mobile phone or digital camera and providing it meets the requirements you can use this. Alternatively you can visit a professional photographer who will be able to email you a copy to use. No need for a UK bank account - any VISA/MasterCard credit or debit card should work fine.

Make sure you’re using the correct website: https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports
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We renewed our a couple of months ago. Filled in the online form, took a few selfies. Simple process with notifications from the UK gov as the process went on. Took almost 4 weeks, most of which was the post either way. Although guicker coming back.

Simple, painless but quite expensive. Not that they no longer add any time left on your old passport to the new one. So no matter how long your old passport's validity is remaining you only get 10 years on the new one.
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Do you still have to get a "professional" person to verify your identity?
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Do you still have to get a "professional" person to verify your identity?
Only for first time applications.
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Only for first time applications.
They also consider changing from a child's 5-year passport to an adult 10-year one as a "first time application" so this also requires a signatory.
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We renewed our a couple of months ago. Filled in the online form, took a few selfies. Simple process with notifications from the UK gov as the process went on. Took almost 4 weeks, most of which was the post either way. Although guicker coming back.

Simple, painless but quite expensive. Not that they no longer add any time left on your old passport to the new one. So no matter how long your old passport's validity is remaining you only get 10 years on the new one.
Are you sure thats right they no longer add any time left on your passport adverts now running on tv and radio say they do. just a question?
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Are you sure thats right they no longer add any time left on your passport adverts now running on tv and radio say they do. just a question?
Definitely do not, I renewed mine a few months ago and had about five months left on my old one but new dated from time of application . Did it to keep my EU crest !!
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The law has recently changed and you do not get any credit for the remaining time on your passport.

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/ne...er-than-expec/
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They also consider changing from a child's 5-year passport to an adult 10-year one as a "first time application" so this also requires a signatory.
That would be considered an adult renewal if you were renewing it before it expired or shortly afterwards so no countersignature is required.
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Sometimes is easier and cheaper to get assistance from some inmigration company which helps you to get the documents need it. Manage with administration is always difficult.
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That would be considered an adult renewal if you were renewing it before it expired or shortly afterwards so no countersignature is required.
Nope that is incorrect. It is considered a new application for an adult passport. I only know because I asked them to confirm I needed a countersignature
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Nope that is incorrect. It is considered a new application for an adult passport. I only know because I asked them to confirm I needed a countersignature
If you follow the online application form there’s no request for a countersignature.
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