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    • Charlton King
    • By Charlton King 4th Jan 18, 7:38 PM
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    Passport renewal lead time - any suggestions..?
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    Passport renewal lead time - any suggestions..? 4th Jan 18 at 7:38 PM
    My passport is coming up for renewal in August this year. Does anyone have recent experience of the process and possibly recommend a reasonable point ahead of that time to start the application?
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    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 4th Jan 18, 7:39 PM
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    You can renew up to 9 months in advance and those extra months are added to the validity of your passport.

    To save any hassle, I'd renew it now before the holiday rush starts.
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    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 4th Jan 18, 7:40 PM
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    Not recent. But my last renewal took less than a week.

    From memory if you apply in February you'll get an expiry date of August 2028.

    *edit it looks like 9 months grace rather than 6 months based on the post above. If you're not going away in January fire the forms off now!
    • martinbuckley
    • By martinbuckley 4th Jan 18, 7:48 PM
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    You get up to 9 months added to your validity, so you don't lose any dates.

    I would certainly advise renewing it now rather than waiting until it gets busier - providing your application is completed correctly, the turnround time at the moment can be less than a week. I submitted mine on a Monday morning and got my new one on the Friday!
    • sandsy
    • By sandsy 4th Jan 18, 8:25 PM
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    • 4th Jan 18, 8:25 PM
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    • 4th Jan 18, 8:25 PM
    Do it now.

    My kids have May renewals, and with needing new passports every 5 years, I renew in January every 2 or 3 years, and it usually takes one week. Sent one off yesterday.
    • karcher
    • By karcher 4th Jan 18, 8:32 PM
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    • 4th Jan 18, 8:32 PM
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    Mine runs out in 2 months, it's a lot of money to renew
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 4th Jan 18, 8:40 PM
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    Just send it.

    Its easy to do, very easy but go via the official site, its easy to go via the official site. It gets returned to you quickly, maybe 10 days.
    • kuepper
    • By kuepper 4th Jan 18, 8:44 PM
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    As you'll get up to 9 mths unused added it can be done anytime before then without losing any time on it but if you do it sooner rather than later it'll be less hassle as some bookings require your passport number for the airline and if it changes before the flight you may have to pay a fee to amend your booking and if you forget to notify them at all it could cause problems at the airport.
    • greatgimpo
    • By greatgimpo 4th Jan 18, 8:47 PM
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    It's a shame I can't hang about for a new old one, the blue British one and not the Euro version.
    • UKTigerlily
    • By UKTigerlily 4th Jan 18, 9:11 PM
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    I just renewed mine & they added time on, it took no more than 3 weeks
    • Charlton King
    • By Charlton King 4th Jan 18, 9:53 PM
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    Ok, thanks to all. I look forward with great delight to getting a good old, red, British passport...
    • George Michael
    • By George Michael 4th Jan 18, 10:17 PM
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    Ok, thanks to all. I look forward with great delight to getting a good old, red, British passport...
    Originally posted by Charlton King
    You will be waiting a long time for that.
    The current UK/EU passport is red (well, burgundy to be exact).
    If the government has stated that new UK passports from Oct 2019 will be dark blue.
    • bspm
    • By bspm 4th Jan 18, 10:28 PM
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    Did my on line on a Monday, passport had arrived by Thursday, excellent service.

    Did it October last year as even though I had 5 months left on it you need a minimum of 6 months to enter the USA. The five months was added on.
    • LABMAN
    • By LABMAN 4th Jan 18, 10:30 PM
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    Mine runs out in 2 months, it's a lot of money to renew
    Originally posted by karcher
    1/month in a jar for the last 10 years and you'd have enough for the passport and a nice meal out when you use it for the first time.
    • shaun from Africa
    • By shaun from Africa 4th Jan 18, 10:36 PM
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    Did it October last year as even though I had 5 months left on it you need a minimum of 6 months to enter the USA. The five months was added on.
    Originally posted by bspm
    Providing you are a British citizen holding a UK issued passport, the 6 month passport validity requirement doesn't apply when visiting the USA.
    • bspm
    • By bspm 4th Jan 18, 10:47 PM
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    Providing you are a British citizen holding a UK issued passport, the 6 month passport validity requirement doesn't apply when visiting the USA.
    Originally posted by shaun from Africa
    Yes you are right, I remember now, I just renewed it thinking I needed 6 months then son told me the rules had changed and I didn't.

    No problem anyway as I didn't lose any months.
    • shaun from Africa
    • By shaun from Africa 4th Jan 18, 10:54 PM
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    No problem anyway as I didn't lose any months.
    Originally posted by bspm
    Exactly.
    I'll never understand the people who leave important things such as passports, travel insurance (and ESTA's when visiting the USA) to the last minute.
    An ESTA is $14 (about 11) for up to 2 years validity so it's about 50p per month but I know people who still apply a couple of days before travelling so that they don't lose any of the time on it.
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 4th Jan 18, 11:05 PM
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    PP Office received my old PP and renewal application on Monday, just been notified new PP is in the post and will be with me on Saturday. So six days.
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    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 5th Jan 18, 7:44 AM
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    Mine runs out in 2 months, it's a lot of money to renew
    Originally posted by karcher
    15p a week. Bargain.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 5th Jan 18, 9:22 AM
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    You can renew up to 9 months in advance and those extra months are added to the validity of your passport.

    To save any hassle, I'd renew it now before the holiday rush starts.
    Originally posted by Ms Chocaholic
    ^^^^ This.

    It's a no-brainer.
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