Tracking Passport Application Status
Once your passport application has been sent in, there are a number of ways through which to keep track of the process. Of course, the length of the process itself depends on the services you have chosen, with the standard processing period being six weeks; Fast Track services reduce this time to only one week, and Premium services ensure your passport is delivered to you within four hours of your application. Regardless of which service you choose, and of what delivery option you select, you will always be requested to pay a passport fee. This can be paid by debit or credit card, cheque, postal order or (if the payment is not made by post) cash. This is a service fee, and non-refundable, even if the application is unsuccessful.
Once your form and the payment have been sent in, the rest of the process will depend on which service you have chosen. The most common option is Check & Send, available at the majority of post offices. Alternatively, you can send in the application by post, through special or recorded delivery; if you choose this method, be sure to use the envelope provided with the application pack. If you have chosen a Premium or fast-track service, you will need to go to one of the seven Passport Offices in the British Isles and set up an appointment with a specialist. Bear in mind that bookings are not accepted more than three weeks in advance.
Delivery of British Passport (Standard Application)
Once they have been processed, passports will usually be delivered to the applicant’s chosen address by courier. Usually, these documents will be delivered in hand, and there will be no need for the applicant to provide a signature. If the applicant is not at home when the courier comes around, a calling card will be left explaining how and where to pick up their passport.
British Passport (Premium 1 Day Service)
In the case of a Premium service, applicants retrieve their passports from a regional Passport Office after 4hrs of it being lodged at the Passport Office any time during opening hours from Monday to Saturday. Alternatively, they can have a third party pick it up for them, provided they bring proof of their identity, a signed statement authorising them to do so, and a signed receipt verifying that the application was accepted.
General Passport Tracking Advice
Regardless of which processing and delivery method they choose, applicants will always need to hold on to the barcode number included in their application. This number should also be written in the back of the cheque or postal order if paying for the passport this way. When paying by debit or credit card, a special form included in the information booklet will need to be filled out and sent in with the application.