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Topic # 89025 25-Aug-2011 10:41

I think someone needs their head red for changing the rules.

A week ago I secured my British passport and it was much easier than I thought. I got my JP to sign and it lasts for 11 years. Moving on to my NZ Passport and it only lasts 5 years and you need to get your photo signed by someone with a current NZ Passport. You cannot use a JP or Doctor anymore.

What if you didn't know anyone with a current passport? 4 of the first people I asked had either lost or it had expired.



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  Reply # 511688 25-Aug-2011 10:45
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Renewed Aussie passport here 2 years ago. Filled in the form & got the new photo, got a JP signature, took the lot to the Consulate in Auckland (no queue), paid my money and handed the old one in with the application. Two days later the old and the new one arrived in the mail (valid 10 years, cheaper than my wife's NZ one which she just renewed which is yes, 5 years). Done.




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  Reply # 511692 25-Aug-2011 10:47
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You don't actually need to get your photo signed by a referee anymore. You just need their details, including their passport number.

You also don't have to send your old passport in with your renewal application anymore either.

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  Reply # 511699 25-Aug-2011 10:50
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Yep, 5 years is ridiculous and nothing more than a money grab. There was a bit about it the other day here http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10745359

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  Reply # 511745 25-Aug-2011 11:54
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You'll find that most countries are moving towards 5 years lifespan for passport these days... It's not uncommon to have 5 years validity in many countries.




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  Reply # 511750 25-Aug-2011 12:06
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chiefie: You'll find that most countries are moving towards 5 years lifespan for passport these days... It's not uncommon to have 5 years validity in many countries.


Can you put a link to where you got the info from please?

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  Reply # 511758 25-Aug-2011 12:25
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kiwitrc:
chiefie: You'll find that most countries are moving towards 5 years lifespan for passport these days... It's not uncommon to have 5 years validity in many countries.


Can you put a link to where you got the info from please?


It appears that there is no real basis for this claim...

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/agencies-public-bodies/ips/general-ips-publications/passports/internat-passport-comps

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  Reply # 511764 25-Aug-2011 12:29
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I prefer the new system. In the past I found it a real hassle getting an official signature.

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