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Passport check and send question

StarletStarlet

Does any one know if the fee for using passport check and send at the post office is per passport or per 'envelope', I am sending two in one envelope and am unsure if they will just charge the £8.17 once or twice?

Also is it known to speed up the process at all? My sister in law says she got a phone call, interview and passport in the post within 2 weeks of sending it off - was this just a conincidence or the normal amount of time it takes or was it faster because she did the check and send thing?

Thanks all.

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    cis_groupie
    Never used the PO service, and my family's passport applications have always been dealt with quickly, so in my opinion unless you need help filling in the form it's a waste of money.

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    RufusRabbit
    I paid per passport, as they check you have filled them in correctly, and that the photo is suitable. Was quite a quick return though, about a week
    Adam2050
    Per passport. But well worth doing.
    plumberman01
    you pay per passport
    it is supposed to speed it up but in my experience hasnt..they were nitpickers and refused mine at one post office and it was because they said in the PO lights my pen wasnt black! so i went to another and it passed.
    Just double check your form..signature is all in the box-use black pen-make sue pics are as they should be..and you send all documents asked for.
    It took my daughter about a month to get the interview..she had been on my passport til it an out but she still needed an interview.
    cis_groupie
    Never used the PO service, and my family's passport applications have always been dealt with quickly, so in my opinion unless you need help filling in the form it's a waste of money.
    Starlet
    Thanks all, very helpful.
    One more question - do they check it there and then while you wait, or check it then call you in a few hours/days/whatever?

    Thanks :)
    ScubaDudes
    From my experiences with PO staff, I agree with cis_groupie.
    ScubaDudes
    If I remember rightly you can apply online and the form will be posted out for signing. It might help you fill it in.
    vicki4903
    Just used it for my daughter first passport(processing time meant to be 6 weeks) and my older daughters renewal(2 weeks) and they were back in under a week. Excellent service, checked all details and photo when I was there and then gave me receipts with nos to check progress. Would deffo use again.
    plumberman01
    if you fill in online as gav says its easy..only the pics can really be wrong.
    The only benefit i would say is check and send tell you how long it will take..if you just post then it can take longer.
    cisgroupie is spot on x
    plumberman01
    Starlet
    Thanks all, very helpful.
    One more question - do they check it there and then while you wait, or check it then call you in a few hours/days/whatever?

    Thanks :)


    they check while you wait. You pay then and if they refuse you get it checked free next time.
    graham gill
    I use the online service, I just don't see the need to pay £8.17 to the Post Office.
    luvvlychocolate
    Waste of time.....our post office sent off ours, my sons was returned on account of the photo, we got a new one and post office refused to check it again even tho' I'd already paid for them to check it first time!

    Never again!!! When mine and hubby's needed renewing, I got our pics and sent them both in same envelope using special next day delivery....we had our new passports within 4 days! Would never use post office again.
    Starlet
    Thanks all, sounds like it's very hit and miss with some getting great and fast service and others...not so much.

    We decided to send them without check and send on special next day delivery - we don't need them until mid June so even if something does go wrong (we filled them in online and have triple checked everything, the only concern we have is the photos as we took them ourselves and although the wall is 'off white' it looks a bit greeny on the pics!) we should have time to get it right.

    Thanks again :)
    dtaylor21184
    They say it's 10 working days maximum if you use check and send and if you haven't received it by then there is a number on the receipt to call.

    Ours took 3 and 5 days to receive them.

    They also charge extra if you want to get your birth certificate back by special delivery
    geegee-pinata
    I didn't use check and send, posted 4 applications last thursday 1st class, received the first back today oO couldn't believe it!
    Starlet
    Well my bank shows that they have reserved the payment, I assume they wouldn't do that if they weren't approved/being processed so fingers crossed it's all gone OK and we'll have them soon :)
    anthonygilfoyle82
    Hello all. So the P.O. are refusing to take cash for my passport renewal form and will only accept it if I pay the £8 odds or pay with a cheque (which I've never ever had in my life but would be able to obtain one).

    To bypass the sillyness of the P.O. can I just send a special recorded delivery to the passport office with a cheque and all my passport stuff and that works just as well? That's what I've gleaned from the above comments.

    My passport has been filled in fine (I hope) and just need it renewed for the middle of August.

    Anyone advise?
    alimrichards
    Complete waste of money!!
    I took my daughter's application to the PO as I believed this would speed up the process, if only by a few days. The PO staff said it would take 7-10 days this then became 7-10 Working days which to be fair still allowed me time before my travelling date. 20 days later still no sign. I called the passport office and they told me that they hadn't even recieved the application until a week after I had taken it into the PO and that it would take around 3 weeks from that date.
    In my case it would have been cheaper and quicker to have bypassed the PO.
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    anthonygilfoyle82
    Hello all. So the P.O. are refusing to take cash for my passport renewal form and will only accept it if I pay the £8 odds or pay with a cheque (which I've never ever had in my life but would be able to obtain one).

    To bypass the sillyness of the P.O. can I just send a special recorded delivery to the passport office with a cheque and all my passport stuff and that works just as well? That's what I've gleaned from the above comments.

    My passport has been filled in fine (I hope) and just need it renewed for the middle of August.

    Anyone advise?



    Yes, just double check it before you send it, no need to give the PO money, waste of space.
    newbie1001
    Have used them once gave them the form which had a slight error which would have probably got away with but the guy behind the desk put a great big cross through it completely ruining the form. Since then have done passports myself and sent them away no problems.

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