Passport renewal question

#1
Hi troops,
Just filling out the form for my passport renewal and am wondering if it's necessary to get the photos signed ("this photograph is a true likeness of...bla bla"). Is this required for renewals?

Anyone here renewed their passport recently who knows for sure? I'd rather not spend half the day looking for a judge, justice of the peace or similar if I can avoid it.

Another thing, why on Earth does it cost 160 Euros for a new passport? Daylight robbery!!

Cheers
T_T
 
#2
One of the two photos needs to be countersigned by the same upstanding British citizen that signs the back page of the renewal form.
 
#4
That's what it says on the notes for guidance, but on the page entitled 'steps to renew your adult passport' it says:

You need to provide

two identical passport sized photographs. These must comply with the IPS Rules for Photographs although for overseas applications the background of the passport photograph required can be white and do not have to be printed on plain white photographic paper.
Countersignature of the form and photographs is not necessary for those people over 16 renewing a passport, unless your appearance has changed significantly since your previous passport was issued.
Anyone know what to believe?
 
#5
One of the two photos needs to be countersigned by the same upstanding British citizen that signs the back page of the renewal form.
As Mr C says, only if you don't look like the photo in your current passport. I got mine changed in 2009, and certainly did not have the new photos signed.
 
#6
Mrs Rockpile renewed her passport recently. She did it via the Internet and it was a brilliant service. Photos did not need to be certified.
 
#7
If you are renewing a passport
If you are renewing your passport, you only need to get your form countersigned and a photograph certified if you look very different from the photograph in your most recent passport.


That's how I did mine when I renewed my passport 3 years ago.
I used the Post Office checking service (cost £5, I think) and didn't bother getting the photos signed. The Counter Assistant who went through the completed form with me agreed that the new photos were of me and that they were not much different to the photo in my old passport.
 
#8
One of the two photos needs to be countersigned by the same upstanding British citizen that signs the back page of the renewal form.


From the list of upstanding citizens.



"Member of Parliament"

Made oi larf!
 
#10
Take it you mean UK passport TT? Not the bacon-bound Danish one?

Yes, it is a UK passport I mean, national pride has so far kept me from donning the horned helmet of my Viking hosts.
 
#12
It's worth getting it done -just in case. Having been on the side of bureaucratic nazi at the passport office, double-up on everything. They might even make you get the photos re-taken in case they're not "perfect" or a single, solitary hair is in the wrong place. Drove me nucking futs it did , on renewal!
 
#13
Has anyone here got any experience with the UK passport office in Germany?
 
#16
Has anyone here got any experience with the UK passport office in Germany?
Yep - renewed mine in Duesseldorf a couple of years ago.

Filled out the forms, took them round there and waited for a call.

3/4 weeks later went back and picked it up. Easy peasy.

Of course it has now all changed and you need a Visa Debit card etc so YMMV as the spams say.

How to apply from Germany -- Though I am sure you have already found this.
 
#18
The excellent news is that once one has the biometric passport one can obtain/renew a photocard driving licence online without sending any photos or paperwork. They just migrate the picture & signature from the former to the latter.
 

oldbaldy

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#19
I've never had my photo signed on renewal.
Nor has Mrs Baldy.
 
#20
Sent my passport off yesterday for Renewal, sent off a new picture too had it checked at the post office and didnt need the back of the photo signed.
 
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