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  # 1994784 12-Apr-2018 12:36
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But why don't you have someone you can use as a reference? Your boss? your mother? nobody at all? do they all have expired passports? 




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  # 1994807 12-Apr-2018 13:02
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You cant use close family so thats out, might try family friends I guess, but dont know them very well to ask, I am an entrepreneur and the few folks I do mix with some dont even have passports!

 

Shouldn't have to ask someone to be a reference like its some parole or something to get a passport renewed. I'll figure something out.

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1994968 12-Apr-2018 16:07
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NZs online process is terrific! I just did mine and they had it to me in lightening time. Do you have an old teacher, priest, chemist...somebody with a valid passport who knows who you are?

Edit: I think mine had expired.

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  # 1994970 12-Apr-2018 16:11
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Can you not go see a justice of the peace with your drivers license (so they know you you are)


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  # 1994978 12-Apr-2018 16:31
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JayADee: NZs online process is terrific! I just did mine and they had it to me in lightening time. Do you have an old teacher, priest, chemist...somebody with a valid passport who knows who you are?

Edit: I think mine had expired.

 

I renewed mine online recently and I do remember phone-a-friend to get referee passport details. The hardest part was uploading a photo. Try as I might I couldn't get my own photo (taken with phone) to work. I did massage it to the correct aspect ratio and resolution etc, clean background etc just wouldn't pass. So went up to the post shop and got them to take it and email me the photo which worked first time.

 

 


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  # 1995005 12-Apr-2018 17:19
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I tried the selfie type photos with a camera and a phone & I could see that the results were not even close to passing so went to Hanafins at the mall.    The guy took my photo with an expensive looking mirrorless camera, nice even lighting, and emailed the photo to me within 10 minutes.   Passed without a problem.


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  # 1995009 12-Apr-2018 17:24
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I guessed I lucked out. I took mine with my webcam and the first photo I thought I looked the prettiest in worked! 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1995011 12-Apr-2018 17:25
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Yeah, that was about 8 months ago not 18 like I said elsewhere in this thread.   I must have been thinking of the date I booked some trip..


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  # 1995014 12-Apr-2018 17:32
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dt:

 

I guessed I lucked out. I took mine with my webcam and the first photo I thought I looked the prettiest in worked! 

 

 

I guess I didn't look pretty enough. No hope of that the best of times!

 

 




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  # 1995026 12-Apr-2018 18:31
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Starscream122:

 

Can you not go see a justice of the peace with your drivers license (so they know you you are)

 

 

 

 

This is what I was thinking. Cant I?

 

 

 

But asked the doctor already so gonna wait till I hear from him and proceed from there.


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  # 1995027 12-Apr-2018 18:36
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Starscream122:

 

Yeah that's how I applied for my passport recently online setup a RealMe Verified I.D

 

 

Ditto.  I applied for my first passport online about three months ago.  Created a RealMe account and figured I might as well get verified at the same time as just thought it was free and might open some doors later.  While at the Postshop proving I was me they took my passport photo and was really surprised when I actually applied for my passport online I didn't need a referee at all because I was RealMe verified.

 

From memory applied about 4pm on a mid weekday afternoon, around 11am the next morning I got a confirmation email to say it was approved and would be dispatched via courier that day.  All up a three day turnaround which really impressed me given a: it's a Government department and b: they quoted "10 working days" to process.


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  # 1995050 12-Apr-2018 19:59
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Groucho:

 

All up a three day turnaround which really impressed me given a: it's a Government department and b: they quoted "10 working days" to process.

 

 

 

 

Its quite impressive isn't it.. I was cutting it really close to an international trip and and I almost ended up paying for urgent turn around just for peace of mind, however I took the gamble and it arrived within 2.5 days anyways.. how bloody good is that! 

 

The second really positive experience I've had with passports.gov 


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  # 1995072 12-Apr-2018 21:05
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When I renewed mine last year I used a friend as a referee whose passport expired many years ago. There were no problems at all with this.

 

I took my own photo too, although it took a while to set it up for correct composition and lighting so for most people it's probably easier to get a professional to do it.


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  # 1995077 12-Apr-2018 21:51
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Quite likely because of -

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Israel%E2%80%93New_Zealand_passport_scandal

 

Howard Way, a Lynfield general practitioner testified that a man asked him to witness his passport application because he was going to Australia to get married. Way said the man was "calm and gave me no reason not to believe him. I filled out the form." A fake post office box and voicemail phone service were set up in the name of a man suffering from cerebral palsy, whose birth certificate was used in the passport application. New Zealand Internal Affairs official Ian Tingey detected the irregularity and called the applicant, who had a Canadian or American accent. "When I quizzed him on his accent his explanation to me was he had not travelled or held a New Zealand passport before but had spent a lot of time in New Zealand with Canadian friends and family." Tingey contacted the father of the disabled man and realised the application was a fraud. The police bugged Kelman's and Cara's phones, set up a sting operation, and caught Kelman and Cara in March 2004.





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  # 1995079 12-Apr-2018 22:02
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They can do it REALLY fast. When I got my first NZ passport, my late father was very ill in hospital and I was concerned that I may have to travel at very short notice back to the UK.

 

I did my citizenship thing on the Wednesday and then filled in the form. My wife took it in on the Thursday and dropped it at the Passport place in Wellington at 10am. At 4pm that day, she collected the passport.






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