Over recent months, I have been receiving an increasing number of emails from constituents concerned with delays to their passport applications and renewals.
I am aware that some people in Herefordshire have sadly missed out on important family events or long-awaited holidays, which is truly very sad.
Since April 2021, HM Passport Office have been advising customers that it can take up to ten weeks to process a passport application.
This remains current guidance, and I would strongly encourage everyone to ensure that they seek to renew their passport as far in advance of their holidays as possible.
While I am able to speak to the Home Office directly to request updates on the progress of passport applications, they will not expedite these applications until ten weeks have already passed.
If you are due to go on holiday within the next ten weeks and need to renew your passport, I would advise you to use one of the premium services which can ensure you receive it in less than a week.
While, unfortunately, these services incur an additional charge, it is the only way to ensure you receive your new passport in under ten weeks.
I am aware that the Government are working hard to reduce waiting times and increase capacity, adding 850 staff since April 2021.
According to Home Office Ministers 98.5% of applications were completed within ten weeks between March and May of this year.
If you applied for your passport over ten weeks ago but are travelling within a fortnight, HM Passport Office have indicated that they will prioritise these cases.
Should you need a passport urgently on compassionate grounds, HM Passport Office will expedite your case with the necessary evidence of a need to travel.
For more information on prioritising your case or applying for an urgent passport, call the Passport Adviceline on 0300 222 0000.
Many are unaware that you can, in fact, have more than one valid passport.
Therefore, if you are in any doubt as to whether your current passport will be valid by the time you travel, start the process of applying for another as soon as possible.
I am always very glad to assist my constituents, and whilst I cannot process passport applications myself, I am able to address unusual delays directly with the Home Office.
If I can help, please get in touch with my office by email and include the following:
- Full name
- Address in the constituency
- Date of birth
- Date of application
- Application reference number
- Any details of upcoming travel
- Renew a passport: https://www.gov.uk/apply-renew-passport
- First adult passport: https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-adult-passport
- Passport for your child: https://www.gov.uk/get-a-child-passport
- Get a passport urgently: https://www.gov.uk/get-a-passport-urgently
- Track your passport application: https://www.gov.uk/track-passport-application