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I am looking to renew my Uk passport due to it expiring in the next couple of months. I have applied online through the UK Gov website and paid all the fees and now it's asking me to send in my current passport before they continue with processing my new one! Has anyone else done this recently? I wouldn't be too fussed normally but with COVID it says there is a lot of delays which I could live with, but I am also doing my PR at the moment. I have my medical in a few weeks and need my passport for that, I am not sure if I will need it for anything after that either. It seems a bit of a strange way to do it by sending your current passport off and being left without one until you receive the new one. Has anyone got any advice? Cheers
Guest posted a topic in TravelApplying for or renewing a UK passport when living in Australia (or elsewhere overseas) I thought I'd post this in its own thread as its come up a few times lately and each time the info just gets lost in amongst it all. Please read these links if you need to apply for or renew a UK passport and are living in Australia. I've embedded them all into the post so links are in red (orange to some) text. British High Commission in New Zealand website - where all UK passport applications from Australia now are processed. So What Passport Do I Need? Once you know which one you require you go to the following page How To Apply From Australia . On that page you can download all the forms to apply, find the price list and more. Checklist 1 - Renewing An Exisiting UK Passport This is a PDF and clarifies if you need a counter signatory or not for your passport application (the 2 year rule of when you need a counter signature and knowing a person long enough to counter sign confuses some people). I've pasted it below also Checklist 1- Renewing an existing British Passport NOTE: THIS CHECKLIST IS NOT APPLICABLE FOR OLD BLUE/BLACK PASSPORTS Please tick each box in the checklist below to ensure you have all relevant documents. o Completed passport application form. (C1 or C2). Applications signed with the signature outside the box will be returned. o Completed your application form in full using black ink. o Enclosed TWO identical passport sized photographs on a cream/off white background. Photographs not meeting standards required by the UK passport services will be returned. o If your appearance is very different from the photo in your current or last passport, you should get your photo & form countersigned. All children under 12 must have their form countersigned. (Temp residents see note below) o Counter signatory (If required): Must complete all details (C1-Sec9 or C2-Sec8). Incomplete counter signatory detail is the number one reason for rejected passport applications. o Enclosed your current/existing passport(s). Photocopies are not acceptable. Note : For those in the country for less than 2 years, on holiday or visiting, and don’t know anyone, you can have your application & photo countersigned by a professional (Policeman, J.P., Lawyer etc) attesting to your likeness. They will not be required to complete the personal declaration at section 9 C1 or Section 8 C2. An explanation of your circumstance should be made at Section 7 C1 or section 6 C2. ****** If you live elsewhere and need to renew or apply for a UK passport you can find your country of residence on the list HERE Hopefully that covers things for people. All the relevant information you need can be found within those official links on the pages somewhere. If there is anything specific you can't find it is best to use the contact information given on the fco.co.uk website and find out directly from them. Cheers snifter