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Passport renewal

Post by Whynd1 » 09 Oct 2019, 14:54

The time had come for me to renew my passport.
I debated which method to use and although the most expensive ,decided for me to use the new imaging renewal at the post office would be the best. Less likelihood of anything going wrong. Went first thing last Friday and have just received my new passport via a courier.
Excellent service. Still maroon is colour but no European union wording on the front cover.

Aurora here I come.

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Re: Passport renewal

Post by barney » 09 Oct 2019, 15:21

Brilliant service, isn't it Lindsey :thumbup:

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Re: Passport renewal

Post by towny44 » 09 Oct 2019, 15:26

On reading the latest Brexit info about passports, I note that for those of us who gained an extension, when we last renewed, we will lose the extra and need to count 10 years from the start date to calculate if we have 6 months validity left after our holiday ends. I hope I remember that when ours next need renewing.
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Re: Passport renewal

Post by Kendhni » 09 Oct 2019, 17:03

I used the online website last year. It took me several goes to get a photograph they would accept but otherwise very quick and easy.
It was upsetting when one of the responses back suggested I was not facing the camera - I must have looked like cousin it.


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Post by BrianI » 09 Oct 2019, 18:17

I did mine last year and it took about a week. Had the photo rejected a couple of times but otherwise went well. My wife has just had hers renewed and it took four weeks. The photo was rejected several times and kept trying using my iphone and my digital camera. Eventually gave up and went to Max Spielmann who guaranteed the photo would pass but the first one they took failed. The second one was accepted.
It seems that they are more restrictive on the photos.
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Re: Passport renewal

Post by Whynd1 » 09 Oct 2019, 18:51

It was the photo issue that made me go to the post office. They took 2 and I could decide which one I liked. As a glassesxwearer I had to pop them back on to look at the photo.
Lol.
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Re: Passport renewal

Post by towny44 » 09 Oct 2019, 18:57

Cannot understand why some organisations require you to remove your glasses, surely if you normally wear them, then this what your passport, bus pass etc should show.
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Re: Passport renewal

Post by Whynd1 » 09 Oct 2019, 19:20

Tony

When we were in St Petersburg a few weeks ago, when going through immigration ,the Russian official asked me to remove my glasses.

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Re: Passport renewal

Post by david63 » 09 Oct 2019, 21:29

Glasses have had to be removed for passports ever since I can remember so I suspect that by changing glasses (which most do over a period of 10 years) it would make it more difficult to check one's identity - however that has never been a problem with hairstyle.

I would also hazard a guess that with today's technology of auto recognition that glasses would confuse things.

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Re: Passport renewal

Post by towny44 » 09 Oct 2019, 23:12

On my passport photo I am wearing glasses, although my wife is not on hers, and we both wear them all the time, strange that.
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Re: Passport renewal

Post by david63 » 10 Oct 2019, 07:43

towny44 wrote:
09 Oct 2019, 23:12
On my passport photo I am wearing glasses, although my wife is not on hers, and we both wear them all the time, strange that.
Just wait until she next tries to get back in the country :lol: :lol: :lol: - or is that part of the plan? :wave: :wave:

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Re: Passport renewal

Post by towny44 » 10 Oct 2019, 08:58

david63 wrote:
10 Oct 2019, 07:43
towny44 wrote:
09 Oct 2019, 23:12
On my passport photo I am wearing glasses, although my wife is not on hers, and we both wear them all the time, strange that.
Just wait until she next tries to get back in the country :lol: :lol: :lol: - or is that part of the plan? :wave: :wave:
TBH David the photos printed on the new passports are so faint and obscured by some sort of "watermark", that its hard to recognise details, probably any man with a receding hairline could use my passport to gain entry to the UK, or anywhere except maybe Russia.
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Re: Passport renewal

Post by CaroleF » 10 Oct 2019, 09:12

When we last came through Immigration at Gatwick and went through that automatic machine thing where you put your passport open down on the machine John had to remove his glasses before he was allowed to go through but I went through with my glasses on?

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Re: Passport renewal

Post by Manoverboard » 10 Oct 2019, 11:08

Mobietta ( pre cataract ops ) went through that loop and had to take her glasses off but couldn't then read the instructions … so off to the naughty girl desk for processing :lol:

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Re: Passport renewal

Post by Gill W » 10 Oct 2019, 14:37

Both myself and my husband wear glasses, and up until recently we've always worn our glasses for passport photos. I last renewed in 2016, and I'm wearing my glasses in my current passport photo. I think the criteria is that you have no reflection on the glasses, especially over the eyes, and the glasses frame doesn't cover the eyes.

However, my husband renewed his passport in 2017, and was told that he had to take his glasses off.

I've often had trouble with the automatic gates, but my husband has never had a problem, even on his old passport when he had glasses on in the photo. I've always put it down to operator error (I,e, me being cack handed)
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Re: Passport renewal

Post by Mervyn and Trish » 10 Oct 2019, 17:04

I think with the automatic gates the quality of the actual printed photo is irrelevant. The required biometric info is stored and retrieved digitally. The camera at the gate has to be able to clearly see the face, especially the eyes, to make a comparison, which is why it sometimes asks for glasses to be removed. But I can't explain the inconsistencies in the requirement for glasses on or off in the photo itself.

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Re: Passport renewal

Post by Mr Dixon » 17 Oct 2019, 15:26

I posted a renewal request on Saturday using the Post Office cubicle to obtain an electronic photo with a code that accompanied the completed online form. I received updated emails of the acceptance and receipt of my old passport and completion and notice the new passport was on it's way to me in 5 days total. Excellent service from HM Passport Office, credit where it is due.

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Re: Passport renewal

Post by barney » 17 Oct 2019, 16:01

:thumbup: What great service Mr Dixon


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Re: Passport renewal

Post by Whynd1 » 18 Oct 2019, 09:06

My old one arrived back about a week after renewal.

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