This calendar year my passport runs out, during July. I want to get out of this place in August and so I need a new passport.
So, I looked online and found the information about how far in advance I can apply, what documentation I need and how much it costs to get free passage across non-existent lines between countries.
I had to do the following:
- Fill in the online form
- Pay £75 or so
- Take a new photo
- Send old passport back
I have to say the whole experience was really good. I could use my phone to take a new picture and upload that via the website. Then the money thing was easy also. Lastly I had to send my old passport back via the standard post.
Within two days of posting I had a text message telling me they had my old passport and that the forms and pictures had checked out and I should await my new passport. I do think this is impressive service for a government department. One more day passes and I am told the new passport is posted and should be with me shortly.
It turned up and was shortly followed by my old passport with the corner cut out.
You’ll be pleased to know that I still look like a thug.