THOUSANDS of Brits hoping to go on holiday have been hit by huge passport delays due to demand.
And there is an easy mistake that you could make which would delay the application further – and could even mean you have to cancel your trip.
Families needing a new passport for their child need to fill in additional details.
If the parent’s are separated, then Passport Office needs the consent of both parents with Parental Responsibility before issuing a passport.
The government website states: “Someone with parental responsibility for the child must apply for the passport.
“You need to give both parents’ details when you apply. If you cannot provide the other parent’s details, you need to say why (for example, you’re the only parent named on the birth certificate or you adopted the child on your own).”
However, some parents may not realise this – and get their passport sent back to them, delaying their application.
Kelly Armstrong, who was trying to renew her six-year-old daughter’s passport ahead of her wedding in Turkey, said they feared theirs wouldn’t arrive in time because of this.
She told local media: “The first hiccup was that we needed a parental consent form from Pixie’s mam, even though Steven is her dad he didn’t have the parental rights in that instance.”
Another mum told The Sun that they had to move their holiday after her child’s passport was sent back after the Passport Office asked for “proof of parental responsibility” despite not even needing it.
Here is everything you need to do to apply for your child’s passport.
You will also need extra documents if travelling with kids who have different last names to you.
Brits are currently having to wait more than the recommended 10 weeks to get their passports back after millions expired during the pandemic, leading to a huge influx of applications.
And lots of families have been forced to cancel their holidays due to the delays.
Mum Katherine Turner had to miss her £2,200 Easter holiday to Spain with her family after waiting eight weeks for her. daughter’s passport.
Another family was forced to cancel their £1,800 holiday to the Canary Islands after they were stuck without one of their passports due to huge delays.
And a 10-year-old boy was left “sobbing” after being forced to miss his school holiday with his friends due to delays with passport renewals.