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UK Passport for kids

Just a little FYI ..

One of my daughters passports expires in March so I thought I'd be clever and renew it in person in the Glasgow office while we're back for a couple of days at new year.. one day service thing.

Nope.. Minimum one week for a child passport renewal .. On the phone they said it's because some people had abused the service to smuggle the kids out of the country on a different passport or something .. Guess they still could after a week ?!

So postal application for me on return.
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Old 10.12.2015, 21:02
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Re: UK Passport for kids

Took around two weeks by post when I did it last march.
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Old 10.12.2015, 21:10
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Re: UK Passport for kids

Do what I do, and just pack them up in suitcases in a sleeping bag ..... not only do they not need a passport, but they travel for free - until they get big and fat and I have to pay excess baggage.

Although, there were hunger and toilet problems on our last trans-Atlantic flight, but a trip to Denny's, on arrival, soon sorted that out. The overwhelming stench of ammonia also meant that we got a table straight away, despite it being completely full and peak time.
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Old 10.12.2015, 21:58
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Just a little FYI ..

One of my daughters passports expires in March so I thought I'd be clever and renew it in person in the Glasgow office while we're back for a couple of days at new year.. one day service thing.

Nope.. Minimum one week for a child passport renewal .. On the phone they said it's because some people had abused the service to smuggle the kids out of the country on a different passport or something .. Guess they still could after a week ?!

So postal application for me on return.
They changed it about a year ago to make child passport renewal impossible using the one day service, I didn't quite get the logic of it either.
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They changed it about a year ago to make child passport renewal impossible using the one day service, I didn't quite get the logic of it either.
It was the logic I did't understand, about one naughty parent stealing the child..

So I offered that we all come in - Nope ..
That we come in and do the paperwork and pay in person and they post it out - Nope..
That we send the application now and pick up the passport in person - Nope.

Computer says no..
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Just a little FYI ..

One of my daughters passports expires in March so I thought I'd be clever and renew it in person in the Glasgow office while we're back for a couple of days at new year.. one day service thing.

Nope.. Minimum one week for a child passport renewal .. On the phone they said it's because some people had abused the service to smuggle the kids out of the country on a different passport or something .. Guess they still could after a week ?!

So postal application for me on return.


If you use the Post Office "check and send" service (or whatever they call it to justify the extra however many squids) you pretty much get it back in a week. I think we got our daughter's back in 6 days.
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Re: UK Passport for kids

Must you send in the original passport? I think if you apply at a UK post office, they will check the forms are correct, inspect the current passport and send the application off to Durham.

If you have a British address you can ask for the passport to be sent to, for instance, your parent's home, and they can post it to you here - much cheaper than a courier. The new passport will run from the last day of the old passport, so you won't lose out.
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Must you send in the original passport? I think if you apply at a UK post office, they will check the forms are correct, inspect the current passport and send the application off to Durham.

If you have a British address you can ask for the passport to be sent to, for instance, your parent's home, and they can post it to you here - much cheaper than a courier. The new passport will run from the last day of the old passport, so you won't lose out.
To be honest.. It's no biggie .. We can forget it during the holiday and just do it all by post.. My only concern is that we cross into France a couple of times per week, in the last three years nobody has asked for passports, usually we don't carry them .. Sods law says if we send it back we'll get stopped next day and questioned..

I'll keep a photo of it on my phone while it's gone.
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Re: UK Passport for kids

I would get a notarized copy done
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I would get a notarized copy done
Aside from searching local notaries .. Who can do that?

I work in a bank - can for example one of our private bankers do it? Or has to be a proper swiss notary?

Edit : we have a legal team too of course.. hmmm
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Re: UK Passport for kids

A bank can do a certified copy better than nothing. The local notary will usually charge 15chf
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