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I see Trendy performing 2 functions.

1. A visual confirmation that the applicant is the same person that is shown in the passport.

2. A check that the application includes all the necessary documents/photos, with a cursory check of the application forms to see that data has been entered.

I do not imagine that they check the validity of the data, or that the photos are of the required standard, they just send everything to Liverpool where the detailed checks are made. So, not only are more applications likely to be blocked by payment problems, but also by problems with photos and residence data submitted.

As you say, just an expensive post box.

I received my Certificate of Residence from Thai Immigration, but it was all in Thai including the address. Cost of translation 400 Baht. The immigration officer noted that it was for a passport application and said it was only valid for 30 days from the date of application, and it was only valid in Thailand. So by the time it reaches Liverpool it will fail both of those rules, but the Passport info says that documents must be dated within 1 year.

What happens if it reaches Liverpool and is rejected by them, is anyone's guess.

I think you will need to get it translated (if rejected). See note 4:-

How to apply
  1. Download the application form.
  2. Use the ‘Applying for a passport if you’re outside the UK’ guidance notes to help you fill in the application form.
  3. Include 2 identical new photos of you (or your child, if it’s a child passport application). Follow the rules about passport photos or your application may be delayed.
  4. Check which supporting documents you must submit with your application. You must get documents that aren’t in English - including documents showing an address - fully translated by a professional translator.

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I received my Certificate of Residence from Thai Immigration, but it was all in Thai including the address. Cost of translation 400 Baht. The immigration officer noted that it was for a passport application and said it was only valid for 30 days from the date of application, and it was only valid in Thailand. So by the time it reaches Liverpool it will fail both of those rules, but the Passport info says that documents must be dated within 1 year.

What happens if it reaches Liverpool and is rejected by them, is anyone's guess.

any chance of scanning a copy of this residence certificate so I can make my own. I have finally realised it might be a lot easier to prove I live somewhere in Thailand rather than my actual address and seeing as the UK passport agency have NO LEGAL JURISDICTION to check on anything and we have to collect the passports anyway it hardly matters. What a shambolic system.

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Hi celso.

Just curious, what did you use from Table A "supporting documents" to prove residential address?

I went up today to the British Embassy hoping they would provide a Proof of residential address form, to accompany the Passport renewal applications for 1 child and one adult (age 16), the Embassy declined as the officer in Consular services said that letter was only for use in Thailand and thus no good to go in with a PP renewal, as both applicants have dual Nationality, the Consular official suggested a Certified copy, translated to English of the Household Book showing both boys Thai residential address, along with a Certified translation of their Thai ID cards "should" be suffice to verify residential address. I guess we will see on Friday as we have an appointment at Trendy. That by the way is over 8K Baht for Translations, Certification and Notary stamps.

What a shambles indeed. Most of the documents suggested in Table "A" are totally irrelevant for most of us living in Thailand. After phone calls to the Embassy" refer to website", E-Mails to VFS Bangkok, and the UK no answers.

I am fortunate as I hold dual Nationality also, ie British and Australian, I will not be renewing my British Passport anymore as the Aussie one is a breeze to renew with extremely helpful consular staff. The British Embassy is an Embarrassment not an Embassy.

Thanks "rant over" BW.

Hi there, my work wrote a letter confirming my address on headed company paper.

'This letter is to confirm x is an employer of us, and lives at the address y.'

Wrote in English, and I made sure my address on the application exactly matched what my employer had wrote. All quite pointless considering the passport gets delivered to Trendy office, not my address. smile.png

Dawill60: I used a kasikorn online shopping card, linked to my debit account.

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Hi celso.

Thanks for the info, i agree, whats the point when you have to pick ip the new PP at Trendy.

Regards BW

Sent from my GT-N7100 using Thaivisa Connect Thailand mobile app

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Hi celso.

Thanks for the info, i agree, whats the point when you have to pick ip the new PP at Trendy.

Regards BW

Sent from my GT-N7100 using Thaivisa Connect Thailand mobile app

Cos big brother likes to keep it's beady eye on its citizens I suppose. An absolute cluster f#@k of the highest order. Still no news of my passport. Sent application from Thailand 28 Feb, received Liverpool 7 Mar, Fee paid 10 Mar.

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Guys, I was checking through the Supporting documents table and it states that our UK passport can be used as the photo ID evidence and the visa can be used as evidence of name and address. However my multiple entry Non O visa doesn't have my address on it, little bit confused! biggrin.png Edit: Regarding the two recent identical photos for the passport application, please does anyone know if they have available photo facilities at the Trendy offices? Many thanks

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Guys, I was checking through the Supporting documents table and it states that our UK passport can be used as the photo ID evidence and the visa can be used as evidence of name and address. However my multiple entry Non O visa doesn't have my address on it, little bit confused! biggrin.png Edit: Regarding the two recent identical photos for the passport application, please does anyone know if they have available photo facilities at the Trendy offices? Many thanks

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Good point.

They MAY be suggesting that by having a visa you have already verified your address to the Thai consul.

It does say visa and not extension - I would be inclined to contact them to clarify though. (Them being HMPO and not VFS).

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I have sent an email to HMPO to clarify the Thai visa in my passport being listed as evidence for name and address, as soon as they get back to me I will update here.smile.png

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I would assume that it should be OK to use a photocopy of your Thai driving licence together with a translation of the address on the reverse if it has been issued during the last year.

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I would assume that it should be OK to use a photocopy of your Thai driving licence together with a translation of the address on the reverse if it has been issued during the last year.

Personally, i wouldn't assume anything. It is not on the list and was not offered as an alternative in digitalchromakey's email from HMPO.

I think that if you want to try something like that, it is worth emailing HMPO for clarification first. I doubt VFS will be any help but being Thais they may think they are helping you by sending it to Liverpool - maybe to find it gets rejected.

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I have sent an email to HMPO to clarify the Thai visa in my passport being listed as evidence for name and address, as soon as they get back to me I will update here.smile.png

You earlier posted above in #766 that the current Thai Visa in your passport does not show your address, so how can you submit that in order to confirm your address in Thailand?

What HMPO are looking for is a document with you address and if necessary a full translation by a person who is registered to an official organisation or trade body for translators or employed by a recognised translation company. The translation must be attached to the original document and signed to confirm it is a true copy of the original.

Please don't conclude that I see any reason at all for us having to provide an address, however that is what HMPO are insisting on in order to issue a replacement passport - that's the game.

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I have still to find something to prove my address. As I stated in an earlier post, we have no mail delivery at my home, I have a PO Box at the nearest Post Office, besides which, all the bills are in my wife's name. My Thai driving licence would not be accepted as it was issued in 1995 (more than 1 year ago) and it has the number of my old passport that was valid at the time.

I'm due in Bangkok next Wednesday.

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I have still to find something to prove my address. As I stated in an earlier post, we have no mail delivery at my home, I have a PO Box at the nearest Post Office, besides which, all the bills are in my wife's name. My Thai driving licence would not be accepted as it was issued in 1995 (more than 1 year ago) and it has the number of my old passport that was valid at the time.

I'm due in Bangkok next Wednesday.

Get a new driving license (maybe you would have to do your driving test after all this time, as according to your dates it ran out maybe almost 15 years ago).

Or go to your local Thai immigration dept and get the residence form.

Get either of the above translated and you're there.

If you go to Trendy without evidence of address, they will probably just smile, take your papers and forward them to Liverpool who will contact you in due course saying that they will not process your passport renewal until you get some evidence of address to them.

That's the way it is as I see it, fair - no, reasonable - no, good for your security - no, helps to prevent ID theft - no.

Edit: remember that you can phone HMPO in the UK to check +443002220000, it's not a rip off premium line, but you would pay for the cost of an international call to a UK Land Line, else use Skype I've checked it and it works at 1.4p per minute.

Allow 15 minutes for the call including navigating menus ID collection and time on hold while they check the answer to your question.

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I have still to find something to prove my address. As I stated in an earlier post, we have no mail delivery at my home, I have a PO Box at the nearest Post Office, besides which, all the bills are in my wife's name. My Thai driving licence would not be accepted as it was issued in 1995 (more than 1 year ago) and it has the number of my old passport that was valid at the time.

I'm due in Bangkok next Wednesday.

Get a new driving license (maybe you would have to do your driving test after all this time, as according to your dates it ran out maybe almost 15 years ago).

Or go to your local Thai immigration dept and get the residence form.

Get either of the above translated and you're there.

If you go to Trendy without evidence of address, they will probably just smile, take your papers and forward them to Liverpool who will contact you in due course saying that they will not process your passport renewal until you get some evidence of address to them.

That's the way it is as I see it, fair - no, reasonable - no, good for your security - no, helps to prevent ID theft - no.

Agree 100%.

Get yourself to immigration, with your wife + 500 Baht, and get a certificate of residency.

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